The historical district of Quebec City is built on the hight of Cape Diamond, a 300 feet elevation above the river. Be prepared for dirt trail in the morning, steep hills (ascent and descent) challenging staircases, cobble stones and narrow streets in the afternoon. We walk for about 5 hours.
We will regroup in the hotel lobby and set out on our first walking field trip 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 famous 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 wall 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 harbour made of three very ancient geological formations.
At the famous Château Frontenac, we’ll have a 2-course plated meal with choice of entrée (prepared specially for us as hikers), dessert of the day, and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase from the bar. The Frontenac — one of the landmarks of Québec City and the most photographed hotel in the world — boasts a fascinating history. 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. Bon appétit!
With our Study 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).
On your own to enjoy what you like. Our Study Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. Enjoy an opportunity for the excitement of more independent discovery. Our Study Leader will have plenty of suggestions for where you can go and what you can do.