3734
Ontario/Quebec
Canadian Odyssey: Quebec City to Toronto
Discover the beauty and history of Eastern Canada’s great cities — Québec City and its Old Town, cosmopolitan Montréal, national capital Ottawa and Toronto, the largest city in Canada.
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Program No. 3734RJ
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11 days
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11 days
10 nights
24 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Lecture
Quebec City, Quebec
D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Arrive to historic Quebec City and transfer to the hotel. Program Registration. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Come meet our group leader in the lobby and get your welcome packet. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in and the front desk will be happy to help you.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a welcome dinner

Evening: We’ll begin our evening with an orientation session where we’ll get to know each other as well as review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We’ll go over important information as well as have time for questions. 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 or settle in for the night. You may also wish to explore what the city has to offer. The hotel is within walking distance of many restaurants, shops, and attractions including the Quebec City Fortifications, Le Capitole Performing Arts Centre, and the Chateau Frontenac.

DAY
2
Quebec History, Walking in Old Quebec, Ursuline Museum
Quebec City, Quebec
B,L,D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

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: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: A presentation will introduce us 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. We will 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: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

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: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: At leisure. Continue exploring on your own, remain with the Group Leader or rest at your hotel.

DAY
3
Quebec's Evolution, Plains of Abraham, Musée des Beaux Arts
Quebec City, Quebec
B,L
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile; museum visit is approximately 1.5 hours; some standing at museum. Uneven terrain, stairs encountered.

Breakfast: 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.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the museum café

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

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and for tomorrow's departure.

DAY
4
Coach to Montreal, City Exploration, Pointe-a-Calliere Mus.
Montreal, QC
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Montreal Centreville Downtown

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: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Check-out after breakfast and board the coach for the transfer to Montreal. Depart Quebec City and travel to Montreal where we will pick up our local expert; explore the landmarks and historic sites of Montreal by coach.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the museum café

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 on site 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 us to reflect on the future.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Notre Dame Basilica, Walking in Old Montreal, Organ Recital
Montreal, QC
B,L
Holiday Inn Montreal Centreville Downtown

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. There are stairs at the entrance of the Basilica.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: 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. 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.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Explore the architectural history of the city, as you walk the cobbled streets of Old Montreal with a local expert. 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.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Museum of History, Ottawa Highlights
Ottawa, Ontario
B,L,D
Novotel Hotel

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: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: After breakfast we'll check out and 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. We will 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: Enjoy lunch at the Museum of History cafeteria

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.

Dinner: We'll enjoy dinner at the hotel

Evening: Evening at leisure. Explore the wonderful night life in Ottawa, from concerts to theater.

DAY
7
Canada's National Capital, Parliament Hill, Boat Cruise
Ottawa, Ontario
B,L
Novotel Hotel

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 will 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, get an incredible view of Ottawa, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills beyond.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: 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 to explore local flavours

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.

DAY
8
Transfer to Toronto, Fort Henry
Toronto, Ontario
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

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

Morning: Check out after breakfast and depart by coach for Toronto with a stop in historic Kingston, Canada's first capital. Step back in time as we explore the grounds and buildings of Fort Henry National Historic Site, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a local expert. We 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: Enjoy lunch at Fort Henry

Afternoon: This afternoon we will travel to Toronto, and check in to our hotel in the late afternoon

Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: At leisure. Explore Toronto on your own, remain with the Group Leader or rest at your hotel.

DAY
9
Old Town Toronto, Market, Elgin Winter Garden Theatre
Toronto, Ontario
B,L
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Walking 1.5 2 miles on city sidewalks, approximately 1.5 hours with stops for interpretation. We will be using public transit (TTC) today. Some stairs encountered.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

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 know about - the hidden gems often overlooked. We will 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 sample some Canadian delights; the restored 1845 market building is home to more than 50 specialty vendors.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

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 to indulge in what tickles your fancy

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.

DAY
10
Royal Ontario Museum, Free Afternoon
Toronto, Ontario
B,D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile at the museum; some standing during the 1.5 hour visit. We will be using public transit (TTC) day, which includes stairs

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we will transfer by public transit 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. Explore the museum with a local expert after a talk on some specific exhibits

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel

Evening: Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
11
Program Concludes
Toronto, Ontario
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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