Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: In the hotel dining room at 6:00 p.m. a plated welcome dinner with starter, entrée, dessert and coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Travel and transfer will be via motorcoach unless noted otherwise, such as the train journey to Ottawa. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always 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. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles during the morning field trip, approximately 2 hours with stops for interpretation. Some uneven terrain, stairs encountered; cobblestones.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel dining room includes hot and cold items; coffee, tea, juice, water.
Morning: A presentation will introduce you to the history of Quebec City. Relive the dramatic history of Canada's oldest city founded in 1608 by the intrepid Samuel de Champlain. Historic images and pertinent commentaries will provide a summary of noteworthy events and notorious characters that have shaped the illustrious history of this World Heritage City. An expert-led walk through Old Québec will enhance the lecture and provide an excellent overview of Québec City. Learn about the principal historical events that occurred here. The city was awarded its World Heritage City designation in 1985 based partially on the preservation of the fortifications around the Old Town, which date from 1745. This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants.
Lunch: Plated lunch at a local restaurant; includes coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Explore the Ursulines Convent and Museum with a museum expert and learn about the educational mission of the Ursuline nuns and their way of life. The Ursulines landed in New France in 1639 and concerned themselves with the education of girls, both French and Native. The Convent is the oldest institution of its kind in North America and is housed in buildings erected at various times during the monastery's three and a half centuries of existence. The Chapel dates from the early 20th century and preserves the interior decor of the original 1730s chapel. The Ursulines museum contains one of the richest ethnographic and artistic collections passed down from the early days of New France, including exquisite embroidery worked by the nuns
Dinner: Plated dinner at a local restaurant includes starter, entrée, dessert and coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure. Continue exploring on your own, remain with the Group Leader or rest at your hotel.
Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile; museum visit is approximately 1.5 hours; some standing at museum. Uneven terrain, stairs encountered.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: A presentation at the hotel will look at Quebec's evolution, from a traditional to a modern society. From its foundation in 1608 Quebec has developed under the ascendancy of the Roman Catholic Church. For much of its history the Church was omnipresent and omnipotent in French Canadian society but the period of the 1960s also known as the "Quiet Revolution" will mark a radical change where Quebec will develop into a modern and a secular society. Today, Quebec is a collectivity that has assumed itself and developed a self-identity. Then travel by coach to National Battlefields Park, also known as the Plains of Abraham with commentary provided by our local expert, discover the site of many clashes for supremacy between the French and British Empires. The park is the scene of the 1759 Conquest, which changed the fate of North America. Apart from its historical past, the park is to Québec what Central Park and Hyde Park are to New York and London: a city park of outstanding value, the lungs of the city.
Lunch: Plated lunch at the museum café with choice of entrée; includes coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Visit Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec for an exploration of the exhibits with a museum expert. The museum is made up of three linked buildings that display an impressive array of architecture. The museum's collection includes more than 22,000 works produced mainly in Québec from early colonial times to the present day. The museum acts as a custodian, keeping alive the memory of Québec art and artists.
Dinner: Dinner on your own this evening.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and for tomorrow's departure.
Activity note: Coach transfer to Montreal approximately 3 hours, city exploration 2 hours. Walking up to 1 mile; museum visit is approximately 1.5 hours; some standing at museum.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Check-out after breakfast and board the coach for the transfer to Montreal.
Morning: We depart Quebec City and travel by coach to Montreal where we pick up our local expert; explore the landmarks and historic sites of Montreal by coach.
Lunch: At the museum café, plated meal with starter, choice of entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Embark on an expert-led exploration of the birthplace of Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière Museum. Rising above evidence of more than 1000 years of human activity, this museum houses remarkable architectural remains, displayed in situ with absolute respect for their integrity. Pointe-à-Callière delves into the past to foster a debate on urban issues both local and global, and to encourage you to reflect on the future. Following the field trip, we check-in to the hotel, time to freshen up before dinner.
Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Old Montreal, plated meal with starter, choice of entrée, side dish, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles in Old Quebec over 2 hours, with stops for interpretation. Some uneven terrain, stairs encountered, cobblestones in Old Montreal. Notre Dame visit and recital is two hours. There are stairs at the entrance of the Basilica.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with hot and cold items; juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: Explore the architectural history of the city, as you walk the cobbled streets of Old Montreal with a local guide. Notable highlights during the walk include Place d'Armes and Place Jacques Cartier. This historic city center is rich in museums, galleries, restaurants and grey stone architecture spread out along narrow, cobblestone streets. Stroll through Place Jacques Cartier, a lively public square, and then turn south to the waterfront (Vieux Port). Its impressive harborfront facilities include a 1.5-mile (2.5-km)-long recreational park along the St. Lawrence River, a state-of-the-art science center, a theater, antiquarian bookshops and inviting cafés.
Lunch: Plated lunch at a local restaurant in Old Montreal. Choice of entrée, coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to the magnificent Notre Dame Basilica, a jewel of Montreal. This masterpiece of Gothic revival architecture is renowned for its interior, sculpted in wood, paint and gold leaf. See the boldly modern design of the Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur Chapel (or the Wedding Chapel) captivating thousands of visitors each year. Learn about the history of Notre Dame followed by a private recital with organist Pierre Grandmaison. More than 100 years old, the Basilica's organ is a world-renowned masterpiece.
Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Coach transfer to Ottawa is 2.5 hours; coach exploration 1.5 - 2 hours. Walking up to 1 mile, some standing at museum.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel in Montreal; check-out and board the coach after breakfast.
Morning: Depart by coach for Ottawa, Canada's capital city. Explore this country's cultural and architectural treasures with curatorial staff at the Canadian Museum of History. Explore the history of Canada's Aboriginal peoples, learn about their fight for cultural survival and admire the wealth of their contributions to Canadian society. Experience a remarkable journey through 1,000 years of Canadian social history.
Lunch: Lunch at the Museum of History cafeteria, choose from a variety of hot and cold items and beverage options including soft drinks, coffee, tea, water.
Afternoon: Explore Ottawa on a coach exploration with a local expert. Highlights include East Block, oldest of the Parliament buildings (1865), Confederation Square, War Memorial, Tomb of Unknown Soldier, former Union Station/Chateau Laurier, Rideau Canal Locks (1832), Lockmaster's house (1884), National Arts Centre, City Hall, National Defence HQ and more. Check-in to the hotel in Ottawa around 4:00 p.m.
Dinner: Buffet dinner in a private room includes choice of soup, salad, entrée, dessert and coffee, tea, herbal tea, water.
Evening: Evening at leisure. Explore the wonderful night life in Ottawa, from concerts to theater.
Activity note: Walking on the morning field trip up to 2 miles including a 15-minute walk from the hotel to Parliament. Photo ID required for Parliament visit, 1.5 hours. Some standing. The Paula D is the vessel used for the afternoon boat trip. See the scenery of Ottawa from the open air environment found on the upper deck or to relax on the tables in the roomy lower deck. It is also on the lower deck that our passengers will find our fully licensed bar and canteen. Restrooms are also located on this level.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: A morning presentation will focus on Ottawa, our nation's capital, and the evolution of Canada from colonial days to the present day. Hear how the country went from inauspicious beginnings to a territorial land expanse second only to that of Russia. Then we visit Canada's Parliament Buildings and the center stage of Canadian democracy on a guided visit through the Centre Block. There are security checkpoints where photo ID will be required. From the top of the Peace Tower, gain an incredible view of Ottawa, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills beyond.
Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch today at a local restaurant in downtown Ottawa. Salad, selection of sandwiches, side dish, dessert and coffee, tea, water.
Afternoon: After lunch we take a short walk to embark on a boat trip on the Ottawa River. View the city as it was first conceived with the river as its main highway and resource. See the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain. Highlights include Parliament Buildings, Supreme Court, National Art Gallery, Rideau Falls, and the residence of the Prime Minister of Canada.
Dinner: Dinner on your own this evening.
Evening: At leisure. You may remain with your Group Leader to continue exploring local sites or take the opportunity to head off on your own to discover Ottawa. Prepare for check-out and departure tomorrow morning.
Activity note: Coach travel from Ottawa to Kingston (2 hours), morning field trip and lunch followed by coach transfer from Kingston to Toronto (3 hours). Walking up to 1 mile at the fort with stops for interpretation (1 hour); some standing.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel in Ottawa.
Morning: Depart by coach for Toronto with a stop in historic Kingston, home to Fort Henry. Step back in time as you explore the grounds and buildings of Fort Henry National Historic Site, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a local expert. Experience life set in the year of Canada's Confederation, 1867 as you enter the Citadel. Set your watch by our Noon Gun while men and women interpret their daily chores of the era. See the Fort Henry Guard perform military music, drill and artillery practices during the day. Fort Henry is the largest fortification west of Quebec City. Once inside the fortification's wooden gates visitors enter a marvelous reproduction of 19th century military life. The original Fort Henry was built during the War of 1812 (1812-1814), between Great Britain and the United States of America.
Lunch: Plated lunch in the dining room at Fort Henry with starter, choice of entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water.
Afternoon: This afternoon we will travel to Toronto, and check in to our hotel around 4:00 pm.
Dinner: Plated dinner at a local restaurant in Toronto; includes starter, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure. Explore Toronto on your own, remain with the Group Leader or rest at your hotel.
Activity note: Walking 1.5 2 miles on city sidewalks, approximately 1.5 hours with stops for interpretation. Some stairs encountered.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with hot and cold items, juice, milk coffee, tea, water.
Morning: Join Bruce Bell, a local Torontonian, author and well-known historian for an entertaining and enlightening presentation on the city of Toronto, past and present, and "how it went from here to there". Toronto is the capital of the Province of Ontario and people have lived here since shortly after the last ice age, although the urban community only dates to 1793 when British colonial officials founded the Town of York on what then was the Upper Canadian frontier. That backwoods village grew to become the City of Toronto in 1834, and through its subsequent evolution and expansion Toronto has emerged as one of the most liveable and multicultural urban places in the world today. Then set out on foot to discover the city on foot. Bruce Bell is the official historian of St. Lawrence Market and St. Lawrence Hall and will take you to places that even locals don't even know about - the hidden gems often overlooked. Explore Old Town Toronto with stops at St. Lawrence Hall, Toronto's First Post Office (1834), St. James Cathedral as well as various historical sites along the way. The fusion of classic architecture and modern amenities is enhanced by the stunning view of Toronto's skyline. At St. Lawrence Market we will sample some Canadian delights; the restored 1845 market building is home to more than 50 specialty vendors.
Lunch: Buffet lunch at a local restaurant with hot and cold items, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Enjoy an exploration of the beautiful Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre with a local expert. The history of the theatre is a long and fascinating one, spanning nearly 100 years. It not only chronicles the magnificent design, architectural and entertainment highlights of an era, it also reflects the evolution and growth of our heritage and culture. Built in 1913, the complex was the Canadian flagship of Marcus Loew's legendary theatre chain. Designed by Thomas Lamb as a "double-decker" theatre complex, it contained the Winter Garden Theatre, constructed seven storeys above the Elgin Theatre (originally known as Loew's Yonge Street Theatre).
Dinner: Dinner on your own this evening.
Evening: At leisure. Take in a show, attend a festival or just relax in your hotel room. There are many cultural activities to take part in in this magnificent city, ask your group leader or the hotel for recommendations.
Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile at the museum; some standing during the 1.5 hour visit.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: This morning we transfer by coach to the Royal Ontario Museum for an exploration with a museum expert. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is among the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures. In combining a universal museum of cultures with that of natural history, the ROM offers an unusual breadth of experience to our audiences from around the world. They especially highlight how nature and humanity are intertwined, and the ROM offers many examples in its collections and programs of these fundamental relationships. The ROM invites everyone to explore and enjoy extraordinary experiences of science and civilization at the Museum, online and through our various outreach programs. We strive to bring you insights into how the earth and its cultures have evolved, and how the changes we face today will shape the world we’ll live in tomorrow.
Lunch: Lunch on your own today
Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own. Perhaps pay a visit to the iconic CN tower, The CN Tower is Toronto's tallest and most defining landmark. Photos of Toronto are often defined by the building, which stretches more than 550 metres into the air. Or maybe visit Casa Loma. With its soaring battlements, secret passageways, and underground tunnel, Casa Loma pays homage to the castles and knights of days gone by.
Dinner: Plated dinner at the hotel with starter, choice of entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Program wrap-up and goodbyes.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel starts at 7:00 a.m. Program concludes.
Morning: Departures after breakfast from Toronto as per individual travel plans. Check-out of hotel is 12:00 noon. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.