STUDENT TOURS AND TRAVEL – MONTREAL & QUEBEC CITY

A visit to French Canada offers your students a unique opportunity to truly experience French culture!

Montreal, the largest French-speaking city after Paris, is a modern, cosmopolitan, cultural city with a rich architectural history. Quaint streets share space with soaring skyscrapers, ancient churches and elegant boutiques that create an authentic Parisian atmosphere.

Quebec City has 400 years of history, and is one of the most charming cities in all of North America. The old portion of the city is reminiscent of a European village complete with a beautiful Chateau overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

MONTREAL

Old Montreal
Old Montreal (or Vieux-Montréal in French) is the oldest area in Montreal, dating back to colonial times.

Notre Dame Basilica
This neo-gothic building from 1829 was constructed on the site of a much older and smaller church. Notre Dame is noted for its lavish and beautiful interior – stained glass windows, gold-tipped polychrome carvings, paintings, statues, and especially its lavish altarpiece.

Montreal Biodome
The Montréal Biodome recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas: the lush and humid Tropical Forest, the Laurentian Forest, the St. Lawrence Marine ecosystem and the Polar Worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic.

Mount Royale
The jewel of Montreal’s city parks is, without question, Mount Royale. This 101-hectare park occupies part of the mountain that lies in the midst of Montreal and includes the highest spot in the city (234m).

St. Joseph’s Oratory
A major site of Roman Catholic pilgrimage and worship, St. Joseph’s features the world’s second largest dome, after St. Peter’s in Rome. Inside there are essentially two large churches one atop the other.

McGill University
McGill University was founded in 1821 from a bequest by James McGill, a prominent Montreal merchant, who left an endowment in addition to the property on which the university now stands. McGill would become the first non-denominational university in the British Empire.

Olympic Park
The Olympic Stadium (French: Stade olympique) was built as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics. It subsequently became the home of Montreal’s professional teams. The Olympic Park Tower is the tallest leaning structure in the world. The tower holds up the dome over the Olympic Stadium. Tourists can ride to the top of the tower for some excellent views of downtown and eastern Montreal.

QUEBEC CITY

Basse-ville
The oldest part of Old Québec, Lower Town is clustered on the narrow streets between the ramparts of Haute-Ville and the Old Port. At its center, your group will find Place Royale, the historical market square that has been faithfully restored to its former glory. You will see the 17th- and 18th-century houses surrounding the square now in pristine condition

Haute Ville
The hilly section of the Quebec City, known as Upper Town, developed later than the original settlement it overlooks. Upper Town has an appeal all of its own, with a distinctly urban feel to it.

The Château Frontenac
Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old Québec – it is the heart of Old Québec.

The Plains of Abraham
The site of many clashes for supremacy between the French and British Empires, the park is the scene of the 1759 Conquest, which changed the fate of North America.

Assemblee Nationale
The National Assembly of Quebec (French: Assemblée nationale du Québec) is the name for the legislative body of the province of Quebec. This legislative assembly operates in a fashion similar to those of other British-style parliamentary systems.

Citadelle
The Citadelle is a military installation and official residence located atop Cap Diamant, adjoining the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. This citadel is part of the fortifications of Quebec City, the only city with extant city walls in North America.

Dufferin Terrace
Facing the Château Frontenac, this pleasantly landscaped promenade and boardwalk offers the city’s best view of the Saint Lawrence River and Old Quebec. Full of vendors, street performers and scores of visitors.

Laval University
Laval University is the oldest centre of education in Canada, and was the first institution in North America to offer higher education in French. Its main campus is located on the outskirts of historic Quebec City.

Museum of Civilization
The Canadian Museum of Civilization is Canada’s national museum of human history and the most-visited museum in the country.The museum’s primary purpose is to collect, study, preserve, and present material objects that illuminate the human history of Canada and the cultural diversity of its people.

Musée du Fort
The Musée du Fort presents an original and unique sound and light show on the military history of Quebec City.

Ste. Anne de Beaupré Shrine
The Shrine, which celebrated its 350th anniversary in 2008, is one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in North America.

Montmorency Waterfalls Park
The Montmorency Falls form a large waterfall in Quebec, located near Quebec City. The falls, at 272 ft. high, are the highest in Quebec and 90 ft. higher than Niagara Falls.

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