8th Grade Trip to Quebec
It's closing in on 11:00 PM and day one of our trip is winding down. The kids are tucked into their rooms for the night, and it is quieting down.
We had a wonderfully uneventful trip north today, everyone was well behaved, the traffic was light, and the weather beautiful. We arrived at our hotel shortly after 4:00 PM, moved into our rooms and prepared for the evening activities.
As you'll see in the attached pictures we started our tour of old Quebec tonight, tried our hand at tobogganing down an historic run by the Hotel Frontenac, had dinner in a lovely French/Canadian restaurant, and road a ferry through the flowing ice on the St. Lawrence. As we came back across the river, snow began to fall, a perfect ending to our day.
Tomorrow we're heading back to the historic walled city for a guided tour, a visit to the winter carnival site, a live presentation in a museum of history, and then we'll finish the day at a fabulous tubing park.
We started with fresh fruit, croissants, and hot chocolate for breakfast. The old stone walls of the shop, and the great food make this shop a special place, and a great start for a cold morning, several inches of fresh snow on the ground. Then a walking and riding tour of this historic city. From there it was time for carnival, an outdoor winter event with plenty of fun for everyone. Who knew throwing a hatchet could be so much fun.
An historic reenactment was next. Here we met two military leaders from the final engagement that led to the British victory over the French for Quebec in the late 1700's. We also learned about some of the battlefield tools of that time. Finally, we were off to the slopes for an evening of tubing, clearly a highlight of the trip. The temperature was perfect, a balmy 30º F with a light snow that fell on us during the last hour.
It’s hard to believe we’re at the end of our last full day in Quebec City. By the time many of you read this message we will be on our way to our last stop before we head home. This morning started with a delicious breakfast of eggs, a breakfast meat, and crepes at Au Petit Coin Breton, about a 20 minute walk from our hotel.
Then we were off to the Cathedral of St. Anne de Beaupré where our guide shared the stories behind the paintings, murals, statuary and incredible tile work that adorn the church. From there we journeyed to Montmorency Falls, the tallest falls in the province of Quebec, as we passed the frozen St. Lawrence littered with ice fishing shacks.
We had lunch and some time to shop in the walled city and then moved on to a park where we could skate, cross country ski and snowshoe for the afternoon. We ended our day at a sugar shack where we rode dog sleds, learned about the process of making maple syrup, had some traditional Canadian cuisine, and danced to local music.