5455
Quebec
Whales, Sea and Sand: An Intergenerational Adventure
See feeding whales, visit giant sand dunes, embark on a marine safari and hear the story of local First Nations people as you explore the St. Lawrence River region with your grandchild.
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Program No. 5455RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival and Check-In, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Quebec City, Quebec
D
Manoir Victoria

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel in Quebec City at 6:00 p.m. is a plated meal with starter, entrée and dessert; coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Quebec Aquarium, Depart for Tadoussac
Tadoussac, Quebec
B,L,D
Hotel Tadoussac

Activity note: Driving by coach to Tadoussac; about 135 miles; 1.5 hours to Baie St. Paul where we stop for lunch; then 2 hours to Tadoussac. Walking approximately 1 mile over two hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel in Quebec City, the breakfast buffet will include hot and cold options, plus milk, hot chocolate, juice, coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: Dive into the sea at the Quebec City Aquarium. Come and meet the 10,000 marine animals that inhabit the Aquarium: fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and sea mammals. Among them, polar bear, walruses, and seals will provide you with unique moments. Watch them when they're feeding or being trained. A fascinating experience for young and old alike! This huge site (16 hectares) has superbly laid out areas indoors and outdoors

Lunch: Depart for Tadoussac with a stop for lunch in Baie St. Paul at a local restaurant. We will have a plated meal with entrée, dessert; coffee, tea, juice, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Arrive in Tadoussac late afternoon and check in to the hotel.

Dinner: At the Hotel Beluga, a plated meal with entrée, dessert; coffee, tea, juice, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Whale Watching, CIMM Museum
Tadoussac, Quebec
B,L,D
Hotel Tadoussac

Activity note: The whale watching is aboard the Grand Fleuve, with its glassed-in panoramic decks, its terraces and observation platform, the boat provides unparalleled visibility, passionate naturalist-guides, and an exciting and memorable whale watching experience. On board bistro and gift shop, covered upper deck. Boating approximately forty miles over three hours on board the whale watching trip. Participants should be comfortable getting on and off the boat and the potential for some choppy water.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel offers hot and cold options; juice, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: We embark on a whale watching safari to see Fin, Minke and Beluga whales perhaps Humpback, Blue whales. The Estuary of the St. Lawrence forms a kingdom for whales. They are like an open air laboratory for biologists fascinated by these giants. Since the beginning of the 1980's, the St. Lawrence has also become an incomparable destination for those wishing to attempt an encounter with whales.

Lunch: At the hotel, the lunch buffet offers hot and cold options; juice, coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase

Afternoon: We will take a short walk (5-10 minutes) for a visit to the CIMM Museum (Centre for Interpretation of Marine Mammals). There you'll discover the fascinating and mysterious world of the St-Lawrence whales with our Museum specialists. Where can one see them? How to recognize them? The Museum’s exhibitions, skeleton collection and reconstitutions of sea-mammals, films and slide-shows are not to be missed. Listen to the underwater sounds of the Saguenay River; see spectacular images and reproductions of whales, and more. Free time before dinner, adults may walk to the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord behind the wharf with the group leader while the grandchildren can enjoy a swim in the hotel pool under the supervision of our student assistant and lifeguard.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, the dinner buffet offers hot and cold options; juice, coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase

Evening: After dinner enjoy a video on The Mighty River.

DAY
4
Cap Bon Desir Lighthouse, Essipit Reserve, Marine Center
Tadoussac, Quebec
B,L,D
Hotel Tadoussac

Activity note: Walking about two miles over four hours. Driving about 40 miles over 1 hour.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Cap-de-Bon-Désir is also an excellent place from which to admire the St. Lawrence Estuary and the many species of marine mammals there, including minke, common and blue whales, belugas and many species of seals and seabirds. Divers in wet suits will bring up a variety of sea animals (sea urchins, sea stars, sea cucumbers, crabs..) from about 40 feet below the surface. The animals are put in small wading pools and the student biologist will tell us about each animal. At the end of the activity the children (and grandparents!) can touch the various animals before the divers return them to the sea. A guided bus excursion takes us through the Innu Reserve at Essipit. Established where traditional shipping routes intersected, it took advantage of its enviable location to do business with travelers. Reserve residents have developed new economies based on trade and crafts.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal with starter, entrée, dessert; coffee, tea, juice, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: See how peat moss is harvested before we visit the Marine Discovery Centre. Learn how ships’ captains conquered the St. Lawrence over the years, in an exhibition on navigation on the river. See what tiny food whales consume here. Our final stop is a field trip to Archo-Topo at Bergeronnes, grandchildren will make pottery just as the aboriginal peoples did thousands of years ago. There is also an interesting collection of local stuffed animals, birds and fish.

Dinner: At the hotel, plated meal with starter, entrée, dessert; coffee, tea, juice, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: This evening take part in a fun quiz on whales.

DAY
5
Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Sand Dunes, Whale Safari
Tadoussac, Quebec
B,L,D
Hotel Tadoussac

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile over 1 hour; getting on and off of a boat. Boating about 30 miles over 2 hours.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We begin with a power point presentation of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. Originally established to protect the local declining beluga population, we will learn about the total picture and responsibilities of this huge marine park. Next we travel to the sand dunes where we can run, jump, roll, slide and summersault down the sand dunes descending 200 feet to the shore. This is a highlight for the grandchildren.

Lunch: Buffet at the hotel.

Afternoon: Embark on a second whale watching safari to see Fin, Minke and Beluga whales perhaps Humpback, Blue whales. The Estuary of the St. Lawrence forms a kingdom for whales. They are like an open air laboratory for biologists fascinated by these giants. Since the beginning of the 1980's, the St. Lawrence has also become an incomparable destination for those wishing to attempt an encounter with whales. The onboard museum will also give you more insight on these magnificent creatures of the sea.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, plated meal with starter, entrée, dessert; coffee, tea, juice, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Whale Watching Point-Noire, Montmorency, Farewell Dinner
Quebec City, Quebec
B,L,D
Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Driving about 140 miles over 3.5 hours. Walking approximately ½ mile over an hour.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach for Quebec City. We stop at Pointe-Noire for an impressive panoramic view of the Saguenay fjord and the St. Lawrence Estuary. From its strategic geographic location, you will be able to observe whales and other marine mammals, as well as other oceanic phenomena indigenous to the confluence of the Saguenay and St. Lawrence rivers.

Lunch: At Pointe-Noire, we will enjoy our boxed lunch that includes a sandwich, piece of fruit, dessert, and drink.

Afternoon: Visit Montmorency Falls which towers 83 meters above the St. Lawrence River. The view from the bridge over the top of the falls is unforgettable.

Dinner: At the hotel, plated meal with starter, entrée, dessert; coffee, tea, juice, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends. After dinner, the remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes, Departures
Quebec City, Quebec
B

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel in Quebec City.

Morning: Departures from the hotel after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 noon. 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.