Choose Your Pace: Hiking and Walking Classics in Québec & Vermont

Choose gentle walks or demanding hikes as you explore landscapes of Vermont and Québec. Dive deeper into the local culture as you speak with historians and taste regional specialties.
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Program No. 5448RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Take on some of the finest hiking in Eastern North America as you choose easier or more difficult trails that explore the best of Northern Vermont and Québec’s Townships. Follow the lovely Missisquoi River or hike above Lake Willoughby in the Switzerland of Vermont. In Vermont, pick the Long Trail Devil's Gulch for a leisurely hike or take in magnificent scenery along Owl's Head trail for a challenge. Along the way, learn about local history and culture with a local expert.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Each day, choose from walking or hiking options based on your desired level of challenge and pace, ranging from 3-4 miles on gentle terrain. Elevations above 3,000 feet on one of the hikes.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Observe the pristine natural beauty with an option of an intense hike or a gentle walk.
  • Learn along the trail with naturalists and historians who interpret the history and scenery of Vermont and Québec.
  • Discuss Québec's unique history, politics and culture while sampling the region’s great wines and cheeses.
Featured Expert
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Stephen Giesler
Stephen Giesler lives for the outdoors and all the sporting pleasures that can be found there. As an instructor and active participant in Road Scholar’s outdoor programs, he is the person you want with you when you’re ready for an adventure. He has been downhill skiing since he was three, is a multiple Gold Bar Canadian Ski Marathoner, and has white water kayaked on four continents. Along with his wife Joy, they organize outdoor experiences in the countryside of southern Quebec and northern Vermont.

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

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