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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
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399
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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399
Program No. 5448 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
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1,399
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
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Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2022
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Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
Starting at
1,679
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
1,679
Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2022
Starting at
1,679
Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
1,679

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 3-5 miles. 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 spirited 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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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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Mud, Sweat, and Gears: A Rowdy Family Bike Adventure Across Canada on Seven Wheels
by Joe Kurmaskie
Kurmaskie, his long suffering wife and three kids (including a one-year-old) pedal across Canada in this latest by "The Metal Cowboy."
Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die, Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
by Chris Santella
Santella showcases a wide variety of expertly selected places to bike, from the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and the Indochina Trail in Vietnam to the urban jungle of New York City.
Three Weeks in Quebec City: The Meeting That Made Canada
by Christopher Moore
A riveting history of the earliest drafting of a Canadian national constitution during the Quebec Conference of 1864.
A Traveller's History of Canada
by Robert Bothwell
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
Shadows on the Rock
by Willa Cather
Set at the end of the 17th century in rural Quebec, this beautifully realized novel highlights the struggles of the Parisian widower Auclair and his young daughter to adapt to their new land.
Selected Stories
by Alice Munro
This collection of 28 short stories represents some of Munro's finest work. A powerful range of emotional, evocative tales set throughout the cities and rural towns of her native country.
Champlain's Dream
by David Hackett Fischer
In this stunningly researched and engaging biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hackett Fischer weaves together the epic story of soldier and explorer Samuel de Champlain, a colonizer of North America who spent 30 years bringing his vision of a New France to life.
Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories
by Robert Bothwell
An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.
A People's History of Quebec
by Robin Philbot, Jacques Lacoursiere
This swift overview of Quebec’s 450-year history by a leading historian covers everything from the earliest days of colonization to the province’s recent efforts to gain independence. Includes helpful timeline.
It's All About the Bike, The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
by Robert Penn
A paean to craftsmanship and tradition. En route to building his dream bike (oh, what a brilliant quest!), Robert Penn explores the culture, science and history of the bicycle.
Arundel
by Kenneth Roberts, N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator)
The grand historical novel of Colonel Benedict Arnold's doomed march on Quebec in 1775, told through the eyes of a soldier in the Continental Army. Rich in historical detail.
Cyclopedia, It's All About the Bike
by William Fotheringham
The distinguished journalist and cycling fan William Fotheringham brings humor and substance to this irresistible compendium, organized A-to-Z. With maps and illustrations.
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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: Due to the remote location of this program, a scheduled complimentary shuttle is available from the airport in Burlington, VT, departing promptly at 3:30 pm. Check-in time is 3:00 - 5:00 pm for those arriving independently. All levels are welcome. Meet your hosts and fellow Road Scholars 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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