Walking up to 6 miles throughout the day; city streets and sidewalks, mixed terrain trail with snow, uphill and downhill; unavoidable stairs.
In the hotel restaurant, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, pancakes, and more with beverage choices of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We will meet in Hotel lobby and set out with our Study Leader on our first 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 historic battle of 1759, the area situated just outside the city wall was famous for the diversity of its natural resources. After walking in the footsteps of the country’s first herbalists, we will climb on the fortifications for an overview of military and civil architecture. In the Old City, we will learn about the various districts marked by the presence of French, English, Scottish, and Irish immigrants who left a significant legacy of architecture, economic, social and political heritage. As we reach Cap Diamond, we will have an amazing view of Quebec's natural harbour made of three very ancient geological formations. Our field trip will end at the famous Château Frontenac.
At the Frontenac, we’ll have a 2-course plated meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. 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!
We’ll leave the highs of Cap Diamond and explore the lower part of Old Québec down to the river level. This was the birthplace of French America and the first settlement in Canada. It 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. Our winter experience of winter in Québec would not be complete without encountering the mighty St. Lawrence River. We’ll board the ferry and see river ice being pushed aside as the ferry maneuvers to the other shore. Then we’ll have a photo op for the best picture of Cap Diamond and the defense system that has come to be known as the Gibraltar of North America. Returning to land, we’ll explore the Quartier Petit-Champlain, 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 quarter exudes an Old World atmosphere with historical architecture, narrow streets, artisans and craftsmen, charming boutiques, and much more.
On your own to explore the varied and exciting Quebec City dining opportunities. Our Study Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.