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Quebec

Walking and Hiking in Québec City

Program No. 23165RJ
Take daily hikes across four centuries of history & French Canadian heritage in the urban UNESCO setting of Québec City, the Île d’Orléans & the region’s stunning collection of parks.
Length
5 days
Rating (4.86)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,249
Special Offer
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DATES & PRICES

Authentic Room Modern Room
Accommodation Details

Restored, cheery room in authentic Monastic setting, with sink, mirror, dresser and desk. Includes a shared bathroom (1 bathroom between 5 rooms) and either a single bed or two single beds.

Accommodation Details

Renovated, modern room in authentic Monastic setting, with sink, mirror, dresser and integrated storage space. Includes a private full bathroom and either a king bed, a queen bed or two single beds.

Jun 4 - Jun 8, 2023
Authentic Room 1,249
Modern Room 1,349
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2023
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Jul 9 - Jul 13, 2023
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,499
Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2023
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2023
SOLD OUT
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2023
SOLD OUT
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Sep 4 - Sep 8, 2023
SOLD OUT
Authentic Room 1,249
Modern Room 1,399
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Itinerary Note

Cleveland Hiking Club

Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2023
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Oct 9 - Oct 13, 2023
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

DATES & PRICES

Authentic Room Modern Room
Accommodation Details

Restored, cheery room in authentic Monastic setting, with sink, mirror, dresser and desk. Includes a shared bathroom (1 bathroom between 5 rooms) and either a single bed or two single beds.

Accommodation Details

Renovated, modern room in authentic Monastic setting, with sink, mirror, dresser and integrated storage space. Includes a private full bathroom and either a king bed, a queen bed or two single beds.

Jun 4 - Jun 8, 2023
Authentic Room 1,249
Modern Room 1,659
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2023
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,929
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Jul 9 - Jul 13, 2023
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,929
Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2023
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,929
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2023
SOLD OUT
Authentic Room 1,509
Modern Room 1,929
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2023
SOLD OUT
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,929
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Sep 4 - Sep 8, 2023
Authentic Room 1,249
Modern Room 1,829
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Itinerary Note

Cleveland Hiking Club

Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2023
Authentic Room 1,509
Modern Room 1,929
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

Oct 9 - Oct 13, 2023
Authentic Room 1,349
Modern Room 1,929
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories! Free singles are limited.

At a Glance

From the stunning architecture of the Old Town to the historical countryside of the “Nouvelle France” Orléans Island—explore some of the most beautiful and fascinating neighborhoods of Québec City and the surrounding parks and islands. Learn about the city’s world-renowned cuisine, language, architecture and culture as you discover this region with local experts and during free time.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking five to eight miles daily on varied terrain that includes steep hills, stairs, cobblestones, river banks and forest trails with loose dirt and rocks.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Walk through Plaines d'Abraham, a historic urban park in the heart of the city, and learn about the battle that took place there in 1759.
  • Hike to Chutes Montmorency to learn about the geological history of this 272-foot waterfall that descends into the Saint Lawrence River.
  • Explore Jacques-Cartier National Park with its beautiful glacial valley in the Laurentian Mountains.
Featured Expert
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Sylvie Nadeau
Born and raised in Montreal, Sylvie Nadeau loves Quebec's largest city, the province's vibrant, creative multicultural hub, which she has been exploring her whole life on foot, by subway and on her bike. A professional in the travel industry for over 30 years and a recipient of several awards honoring the quality of her work, Sylvie hosts and coordinates the activities of Road Scholar groups with competence and enthusiasm. Her funny French accent and infectious joie de vivre give all her programs and tours a very personal color. A sports enthusiast, Sylvie is offering a new series for active travelers in addition to the many programs she already coordinates, all highlighting the many colors of Quebec as presented by passionate Quebecers dedicated to sharing the richness of their unique Canadian Province.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Sylvie Nadeau View biography
Born and raised in Montreal, Sylvie Nadeau loves Quebec's largest city, the province's vibrant, creative multicultural hub, which she has been exploring her whole life on foot, by subway and on her bike. A professional in the travel industry for over 30 years and a recipient of several awards honoring the quality of her work, Sylvie hosts and coordinates the activities of Road Scholar groups with competence and enthusiasm. Her funny French accent and infectious joie de vivre give all her programs and tours a very personal color. A sports enthusiast, Sylvie is offering a new series for active travelers in addition to the many programs she already coordinates, all highlighting the many colors of Quebec as presented by passionate Quebecers dedicated to sharing the richness of their unique Canadian Province.
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David Mendel View biography
David Mendel studied at York University in Toronto and the University of Paris before moving to Quebec City in 1976. He completed a Master’s in art history and is undertaking doctoral studies at Laval University. A resident of Quebec’s historic district, David is President of the Foundation of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and a member of the Consulting Committee for Religious Architecture of the City of Quebec. His new book, “Quebec: World Heritage City” is the first in a series of four volumes.
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Louise Labelle View biography
Louise Labelle studied at the University of Ottawa. After a career in management with the government of the province of Québec, she studied at College Merici to get the proper accreditation as a local expert in the city of Québec. Louise is passionate about history and architecture is proud to share her knowledge with those who want to know more about our magnificent city of Québec.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Shadows on the Rock
by Willa Cather
Set in seventeenth-century Canada, an evocation of North American origins highlights the men and women who struggled to adapt to the new world even as they clung to the one they left behind. The novel covers one year of the lives of Cecile Auclair and her father Euclide, French colonists in Quebec.
Montreal & Quebec City Guide – Lonely Planet
by Montréal-based author
Montréal and Québec City really serve it up. You've got old-world grandeur, new-world sensibilities and big-city charms - there's enough neighbourhoods, restaurants and festivals to keep you mon-dieu'ing for months. This guide, penned by a Montréal-based author, gets you straight to the action. Pick & Mix: buy and download individual chapters from this book You could download free: Introducing Montreal (Very interesting…)
A People’s History of Quebec
by Jacques Lacoursière
A People’s History of Quebec is a lively guide to a little-known part of North American history. It tells of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley, but also of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who travelled, mapped, and inhabited most of North America, and embrothered the peoples they met.
Champlain's Dream
by David Hackett Fischer
In this enthralling biography, acclaimed historian David Hackett Fischer brings to life the remarkable Samuel de Champlain—soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist, and Father of New France.
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5 days
4 nights
8 meals
4 B 2 L 2 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Quebec City, QC
D
Le Monastère des Augustines

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m. Walking up to a mile; Old City terrain.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you check in to Le Monastère des Augustines and have your room assignment, join us at 5:30 p.m. in the hotel conference room to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Program Orientation: 5:30 p.m. We will gather in the hotel conference room where the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. This program is staffed with a knowledgeable Group Leader and will also feature local experts. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the Monastery featuring healthy cuisine.

Evening: We will set out with our Study Leader who will provide expert commentary as we stroll through the streets of the Old City to the famous Château Frontenac and form our first impressions of Québec as we begin to explore the city. Old Québec is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “Québec was founded by the French explorer Champlain in the early 17th century. It is the only North American city to have preserved its ramparts, together with the numerous bastions, gates and defensive works which still surround Old Québec. The Upper Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative centre, with its churches, convents and other monuments like the Dauphine Redoubt, the Citadel and Château Frontenac. Together with the Lower Town and its ancient districts, it forms an urban ensemble which is one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city.” Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Old Québec City, Architecture & History
Quebec City, QC
B,L
Le Monastère des Augustines

Activity note: Walking about 4 miles throughout the day, approximately 3.5 hours total; steep hills, challenging staircases, narrow streets, cobblestones, dirt trail, ascents/descents approximately 300 feet.

Breakfast: At the Monastery.

Morning: We will be joined by a local expert who will give us a presentation highlighting the city's foundation and exceptional geographical location as well as present-day social and economic facets. We’ll gain an understanding of how Québec City's history contributed to the creation and development of Canada and why it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will then set out from the monastery lobby on our first walking field trip that will take us through the Plains of Abraham. Walking from west to east, we will follow the nature path that runs along the cliff. Long before the historical battle of 1759, the area situated just outside the city wall was renowned for the diversity of its natural resources. Heading towards the east, we will climb on the fortifications for an overview of military and civil architecture. In the walled city, we will learn about the various districts marked by the presence of French, English, Scottish, and Irish who left a significant legacy of architecture, economic, and political heritage. As we reach Cap Diamond, we will have an amazing view of Québec’s natural harbor made of three ancient geological formations.

Lunch: At the Château Frontenac, one of the landmarks of Québec City and the most photographed hotel in the world. It was named in honor of Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac, who served as the governor of France’s colony in Canada during the late 17th century.

Afternoon: With our Group Leader, we will explore the lower part of Old Québec near the river — including Quartier Petit-Champlain — that represents centuries of compromises and struggle between people and geography, to facilitate defense and economic development while protecting the natural bounty of the St. Lawrence. The Quartier Petit-Champlain is the site of Québec’s first port. As one of the city’s original neighborhoods, it has gone through various periods of development, decline, and revitalization. Today, after an extensive restoration project, the district exudes an Old World atmosphere with historical architecture and buildings dating back to the 1600s, narrow streets, artisans and craftsmen, charming boutiques, and much more. Before dinner, we will gather in a local bistro for camaraderie and drinks (on your own).

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. Our Study Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Take this opportunity for independent discovery to see and do what interests you most. Our Group Leader will have suggestions for where you can go and what you can do at the time of the program.

DAY
3
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
Quebec City, QC
B,L
Le Monastère des Augustines

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles each way, approximately 1 hour. Hiking about 5 miles, approximately 4.5 hours; former forest road, uphills/downhills, mostly shady. Elective 1 mile extension hike; narrow trail, stone steps, roots, dirt, rocks.

Breakfast: At the Monastery.

Morning: We will board a bus and ride out to the Laurentian massif for a hiking field trip with our Study Leader in one of the most ancient mountain ranges in the world, home of the Parc National de la Jacques Cartier. The main feature of the park is the famous Rivière Jacques Cartier (Jacques Cartier River) put under the protection of the Park Act in 1981. The river has carved its passage down to more than 1,800 feet (550 meters) below the top of the plateau in a valley that existed even before the glacial period. During the hike, we will learn about the ancient trail connecting Quebec to the Saguenay through the floating timbers period that ended in 1978. The Jacques Cartier National Park is an environmental testament to the role of nature and geography in the development of Canada. Focusing on area history before the European arrival up to modern time, we will gain insights into local conservation efforts of this historical salmon river and protected glacial valley.

Lunch: In the National Park, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll return to the hotel mid-afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to stroll through the Old Town or enjoy coffee and a digestif in a café or bar.

DAY
4
Île d'Orléans, Montmorency Falls
Quebec City, QC
B,D
Le Monastère des Augustines

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles each way, approximately 1 hour total. Walking about 3 miles, approximately 3 hours; woody area, dirt and mud, overstepping stones, walking on unstable sand.

Breakfast: At the Monastery.

Morning: Our next field trip is to the Île d’Orléans (Orleans Island) that has been called “a shining jewel in Quebec’s crown.” It is the largest district under the protection of Cultural Property Act and first agricultural settlement of Nouvelle France. We will board a bus, cross the bridge, and ride to the eastern tip of the island. There, we will immerse ourselves in a wide open view over the estuary where fresh and salt water mix. During a leisurely walk along the riverside, we will reach the intertidal area for a closer connection with the mighty Fleuve St-Laurent (Saint Lawrence River). As we explore, we’ll learn about its wildlife and navigation. We will then ride to St-Jean, considered the most beautiful village of the Island, renowned for its typical neoclassic architecture. As we walk through the village, we will be able to appreciate typical Quebec architecture.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in St-Jean. There are boutique restaurants, a bakery, and snack bar.

Afternoon: Next, we stroll along Montmorency Falls Park to the 272 foot high Montmorency Fall, a spectacular force of nature rich with military, economic, and cultural history. With commentary by our Group Leader, we will walk on the bridge and enjoy spectacular views of the waterfall, the river, and surroundings.

Dinner: At a renowned restaurant in Old Québec noted for its local “farm to table” gastronomy. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy a last evening together, step out to see another spot in the city, sip an after dinner drink at a favorite café, or just relax. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
5
Program Concludes, In Transit From Program
Quebec City, QC
B

Activity note: Monastery check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the Monastery. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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