5448
Quebec

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
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Glen Sutton, QC
D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Check-in is 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

Afternoon: Transfers and arrivals in the afternoon to the Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton. There will be a shuttle transfer available from the airport in Burlington, VT, departing at 3:00 pm. Check-in time is 3:00 - 5:00 pm for those arriving independently. All levels are welcome. Meet your hosts and fellow walkers and hikers in the commodious Great Room with its fireplace and extensive library that provides a casual and comfortable spot for refreshments and lively conversation.

Dinner: Dinner is at the lodge in the open format kitchen and dining room. Enjoy high-end homestyle cooking with menus designed and prepared by our team of chefs. Dinner is a plated meal and will consist of salad or soup, entrée, and dessert. In this age of fast cuisine, we think you’ll appreciate the effort that the dining team puts into their "from scratch" delicacies. If you do not advise us of your special needs well in advance of your program, we may not be able to accommodate your requests once you arrive on the program.

Evening: Orientation: Around 7:30 pm we gather for a general introduction of guests and a detailed outline of the week. After dinner we gather for introductions and outline the walks and hikes of the week. Following that there will be a talk about Glen Sutton, the Eastern Townships and the general scene in this part of the world. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements for weather or other circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Hiking/Walking: Climb Sutton, Walk the Mountain-Sutton Trail
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: This day provides three expert-led options: a gentle walk, a somewhat short Intermediate hike and a full-on Intermediate hike. Something for everyone! Hikes are 4-5 hours on varied terrain; walks are 3-4 hours over forest trails and flattish country laneways. Daypacks required. Hikers are accompanied by one or two Lodge guides (depending on group size), walkers by one. We can cross the US/Canada border on our adventures: passport imperative. Van transfers to trail heads: 20 - 50 minutes.

Breakfast: Enjoy a self-serve breakfast at the Lodge offering a variety of healthy options: generally a hot option (eggs, oatmeal, hot cereal, etc.) fresh fruit bowls, yogurts, local maple syrup, variety of breads.

Morning: Each day we gather at 9:00 a.m. to hand out the map of the day (if appropriate). A little pep talk on the rigors ahead and then we pile into our vans to head for the hills or, for the walkers, to our trails and laneways. Today is calibration day.....walkers tackle the Mountain-to-Village Trail, in the woods and based above the town of Sutton. Only a few miles and focussing on natural history the walk is easy but is a woods walk. The hike will be to the summit of the peak visible from the Lodge door: Mont Sutton. This hike is rated Intermediate and halfway into it is our lunch spot (by a highland lake) which also serves as a turnaround point for those questioning their ambition.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Hiking and walking continues. Participants are invited to switch groups depending on how strong or weak they feel on any given day. We are generally back in at the lodge around 4:30 pm.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm. Drinks before dinner if so desired. The lodge is a B.Y.O.B establishment. Alcoholic beverages are not served on-site but participants are welcome to bring their own.

Evening: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 pm. Topics might include Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, American Invasions of Canada (1775 - 1871), Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution, The Gerry Bull Story, natural history, Native Canadian history or a private musical concert. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
3
Hiking/Walking: Mount Pisgah, Orford National Park
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: This day provides two expert-led options: a gentle walk or a more demanding hike. Groups flexible by activity level, all levels welcome. Hikes are 4-5 hours on varied terrain; walks are 3-4 hours over forest trails and flattish country laneways. Daypacks required. Hikers are accompanied by one or two Lodge guides (depending on group size), walkers by one. We can cross the US/Canada border on our adventures so picture ID is imperative. Van transfers to trail heads between 20 - 50 minutes.

Breakfast: At the Lodge.

Morning: Today's hike is in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Pisgah Mountain overlooks wondrous Lake Willoughby (the Switzerland of Vermont) and is rated an Intermediate hike. Net vertical elevation gain 1491'. Lunch on the summit. Time permitting, we will make a stop at The Bread and Puppet Theatre headquarters in Glover, Vermont followed by an ice cream stop as we head home. Walkers spend the morning exploring a lake side trail in Orford Park. Net elevation gain is a few hundred feet.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Hiking and walking continues. In the afternoon, hikers descend to the shore of Lake Willoughby (swim anyone) with a stop at an ice-cream shop on the way home to Glen Sutton. Walkers lunch at or in a trailside cabin with full facilities before a visit to the Abbey St Benoit du Lac...a Benedictine establishment famous in the Inspecteur Gamache world and also the maker of the best blue cheese in N. America.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm at the Lodge.

Evening: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 pm. Topics might include Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, American Invasions of Canada (1775 - 1871), Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution, The Gerry Bull Story, Natural History, Native Canadian History or a private musical concert. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
4
Hiking/Walking: Stowe Land Trust, Mt. Elmore, Mt. Mansfield
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: This day provides three expert-led options: a gentle walk, an Intermediate hike and a Difficult hike. All levels welcome. Hikes are 4-5 hours on varied terrain; walks are 3-4 hours over forest trails and flattish country laneways. Daypacks required. Hikers are accompanied by one or two Lodge guides (depending on group size), walkers by one. We can cross the US/Canada border on our adventures so passports needed . Van transfers to trail heads between 20 - 50 minutes.

Breakfast: At the Lodge.

Morning: Today we have three options: Walkers explore the Wiessner Woods, Stowe's Rec Path and, if time allows, the Kirchner Woods. A side visit to The Trapp Family Lodge of 'The Sound of Music' fame is also on the menu. The Intermediate hike is up Mount Elmore (net elevation gain 1,450').Today's advanced hike will be Vermont's highest peak, Mount Mansfield, 2,800' net elevation gain. The latter is not for the faint of heart and guide approval must be attained to participate.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Hiking and walking continues. Return to the lodge to relax, enjoy a pre-dinner drink and settle in for a fine dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm at the Lodge.

Evening: Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
5
Hiking & Walking Devil's Gulch, Missisquoi River Walk
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: This day provides two options: a very gentle walk right from the village Glen Sutton (only for the most timid) and an Easy Hike on the oldest long distance hiking trail in America: The Long Trail.

Breakfast: At the Lodge.

Morning: Today we choose from two options. Option 1: Visit a classic section of America's oldest long-distance footpath. The Long Trail Devil's Gulch with lunch by a highland lake is the easiest hike of the week. Walkers, if so desired, may also partake of this adventure. Option 2: Walk directly from the Lodge along the Missisquoi River: tales galore from Prohibition to Marlon Brando to the Mossad to monarch butterflies.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Hiking and walking continues. We are back at the Lodge by 4:30 p.m. where there is plenty of time for a swim, a snooze or a snack.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at 6 pm at the Lodge.

Evening: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 pm. Topics might include Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, American Invasions of Canada (1775 - 1871), Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution, The Gerry Bull Story or a private musical concert. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
6
Program Concludes, Departures
Glen Sutton, QC
B

Activity note: Check-out is 10 am

Breakfast: Enjoy our final breakfast together at the Lodge.

Morning: Departures after breakfast according to individual travel plans. The airport transfer will depart at 8:30 am; approximate arrival at the Burlington airport is 10:000 am. Check-out is 10:00 am for those departing independently. 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.






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