To take a historical, cultural, and just downright fun look at two of Canada’s favorite cities--Montreal and Quebec City--as well as incredible natural wonders, such as the Montmorency Falls, in between! Our group will spend six days under the care of a knowledgeable Canadian tour guide, getting a rare inside glimpse into a culture that’s so close, yet so far from our own.

Students will discover the Canada of both yesterday and today on this whirlwind tour of the province of Quebec! The tour includes an in-depth look at the fascinating cities of Montreal and Quebec city, where students will do everything from reenacting century-old battles to visiting Montreal’s world-famous Biodome to dining at a traditional sugar shack to walking above waterfalls taller than anything found at Niagra, all under the care of a knowledgeable and experienced native tour guide! No historical or cultural stones will be left unturned as students delve into what makes our neighbor up north so great.

Day 1: Montréal

  • Arrive in Montréal and meet your Tour Director
  • Travel to Québec City, a historic locale that dates to 1608, it retains its fortified colonial core, Vieux-Québec and Place Royale, with narrow streets, stone buildings and a European feel. This area is site of the famous, towering Château Frontenac Hotel and imposing Citadelle of Québec. The Petit Champlain district’s cobblestone streets are lined with bistros and boutiques.
  • Take a walking tour of Old Montréal: Old Port; Jacques-Cartier Square; Underground City; Chinatown
  • Participate in an evening activity

Day 2: Montréal

  • Take a guided tour of Montréal: Mount Royal Park; City Hall; Montréal Harbour; McGill University; Place des Arts; Place Ville Marie
  • Visit Notre-Dame Basilica
  • Visit the Archaeology Museum Bike tour of Montréal
  • Enjoy a Old Montréal dinner experience
  • Participate in an evening activity

Day 3: Montréal | Québec City

  • Visit the Museum of Science
  • Visit the Olympic Tower by funicular
  • Travel to Québec City. Your Tour Director will lead you on a walk of the cliffs of Cap Diamant, first settled by French explorer Jacques Cartier. The cliffs are named for the iron pyrite and quartz crystals present at the site, which were originally mistaken for gold and precious stones, thus the name “Cape Diamond.” See the Citadelle, a fortress that dates back to 1820. Still garrisoned today, the fort is built in the shape of a four-pointed polygon in the historic neighborhood of Québec City, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Then walk along the Promenade des Gouverneurs, a scenic walkway just below the Citadelle that provides wonderful views of the city and the St. Lawrence River.
  • Take a guided tour of Québec City: Streets of the Old City; Quartier Petit Champlain; Château Frontenac; Place Royale; National Assembly; Grande Allée; Upper Town

Day 4: Québec City

  • Participate in a historical interpretation and re-enactment at the Plains of Abraham
  • Take a walking tour of Québec City: Cap Diamant; Citadelle; Dufferin Terrace; Promenade des Gouverneurs
  • Visit a museum in Old Québec
  • Visit the Observatoire de la Capitale
  • Enjoy dinner at a traditional sugar shack

Day 5: Beaupré | Québec City

  • Take a tour of the Beaupré Coast
  • Visit Montmorency Falls
  • Visit an economuseum on the Beaupré Coast
  • Visit Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica
  • Visit a Beaupré Coast museum
  • Return to Québec City
  • Participate in an evening activity

Day 6: Depart for home

Ashley Cox fell in love with the French language during her first day of high school French class in small-town Ohio. She fell hard enough to go on to pursue a  B.A. in French from Indiana University and then an M.A. in French from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then spent two years in Paris, France working as an English instructor at Université Paris X-Nanterre. Her travels took her next to New York City, where she taught both English and French at a private language school in Manhattan. She joined the St. Benedict community as a French teacher in 2013, and continues to share her passion for French with the secondary school. She’s never had the opportunity to discover her francophone neighbor up north and can’t wait to experience Quebec!

Jean Hybinette is an alumna of St. Benedict High School and continues to have the privilege of teaching at St. Benedict Preparatory School. She has earned her B.S.B.E. from DePaul University. She has received numerous awards for her teaching excellence and contributions to the school, including induction into St. Benedict Hall of Fame, Benedictine Award, and Teacher of the Year  2007-2008, 2010,  2012, and Distinguished Service Award 2014.  She teaches the study skills and technology courses.