5448
Quebec
Choose Your Pace: Hiking and Walking Classics in Quebec & Vermont
Choose gentle walks or demanding hikes as you explore landscapes of Vermont and Quebec. Dive deeper into the local culture as you speak with historians and taste regional specialties.
Program No. 5448RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Glen Sutton, QC
D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Check-in is 3:00 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. Most special needs diets can be accommodated if arranged ahead of time; special dietary needs must be noted on the Participant Information Form. If you do not advise us of your requirements or 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: Missisquoi River, Sutton, Mont Sutton
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Each 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: 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 have 2 choices, one totally flat and about seven miles in length following the lovely Missisquoi River (which begins from the Lodge's door); the other more rigorous, in the woods and shorter in length and based in the town of Sutton. The hike will be to the summit of the peak visible from the Lodge door: Mont Sutton. This hike is of Intermediate Difficulty 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 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: Pisgah Mtn, Ruiter Valley, Au Diable Vert
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Each 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 has an Intermediate Difficulty. Lunch on the summit. Time willing 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 on the forested trails of the Ruiter Valley Land Trust (rolling terrain) about a 15 minute drive from the Lodge.

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

Afternoon: Hiking and walking continues. In the afternoon, walkers are on the award winning trails of Au Diable Vert (10 minutes from our door). Options there from "very short" to "slightly sweaty". Group will dictates the pace and distance.

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 or a private musical concert. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class move collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
4
Hiking & Walking Orford Park, Stowe Trails, Mount Mansfield
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Each 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: We will choose from two options: Quebec: Walkers visit Orford Park and explore the trail network (part of the Canada Trail), lunch in the lakeside chalet and visit the Benedictine Abbaye St. Benoit (makers of the best blue cheese in America) on the way home at day's end. Hikers explore the Park's more demanding trails and will summit Mont Orford. They too will visit the Abbaye on the return trip home. Today's advanced hike will be tougher as we ascend Mount Mansfield, the highest point in Vermont. Vermont: Walk the Stowe Land Trust Trails (Weissner Woods and Kirchner Woods) with a side trip to the Trapp Family Lodge. These are clear and easy excursions. Then some walkabout time on the nationally famous Stowe Rec Path and the quintessential New England Town of Stowe. Drive home by way of Smuggler's Notch.

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, Owl's Head, Sutton
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Each 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 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 desiring, may also partake of this adventure. Option 2: Hike the brand new Owl's Head trail with the finest views for many miles around (magnificent scenery overlooking Lake Memphremagog). Walkers then will do the Village to Mountain trail in Sutton (if not done earlier in week).

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 8:00 am; approximate arrival at the Burlington airport is 9:30 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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