Quebec City, Montreal and Adirondacks Itinerary

Quebec Trip Itinerary – links in process!

The Chateau Frontenac Hotel

Day 1
Arrive Montreal
Drive to Trois-Rivieres, QC via Autoroute 40.
Lunch at Boulangerie Guay, Pont-du-Lac, QC
Our Lady of the Cape Shrine – Trois-Riveres. QC
Chemin du Roy – King’s Highway to Quebec City
Chateau Frontenac and evening walk – Quebec City

Lower Town - Quebec City

Quebec City’s Lower Town and The St. Lawrence River

Day 2
Walking Tour of Old Quebec – the Upper City and the Lower City (includes Dufferin Terrace, Notre-Dame Basilica-Cathedral of Quebec, Quartier Petit Champlain,  Our Lady of Victory Church)
Musee de la Civilisation – Quebec City
Dinner at Bello – Quebec City
Walk to Plains of Abraham for Quebecois Concert – Quebec City

Montmorency Falls

Day 3
La Citadelle du Quebec – Quebec City
Montmorency Falls

Ile d’Orleans

Lunch at Panache Mobile at vineyard, Vignoble de Saint-Petronille
Ice cream at Chocolaterie de Ile d’Orleans, Saint Francoise, Ile d’Orleans
Dinner at Bistro Sous Le Fort – Quebec City

 

Biosphere at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Day 4
Arrive Montreal driving through Parc Jean Drapeau
Notre-Dame Basilica, Old Montreal
Lunch at Creperie Chez Suzette, Old Montreal
Ponte a Calliere museum, Old Montreal
Dinner at Universel Dejeuner Grillades
Walk up to Mont Royal at dusk – Montreal

Lake Placid, NY

Day 5
Drive to Adirondack Mountains
Veterans Memorial Highway to top of White Face Mountain, Wilmington, NY.
Lunch at The Cottage, Lake Placid
Walk around Main Street Lake Placid and Mirror Lake (2.7 mile loop)
Ferry ride to Charlotte, VT
Waterfront Park, Burlington
Dinner at The Skinny Pancake, Burlington
Arrive Montreal

Musee des Beaux Arts, Montreal

Day 6
Musee des Beaux Arts – Montreal
Chateau Ramezay – Montreal
Lunch at Jardin Nelson, Old Montreal
Leave Montreal


Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal

Although the line appeared long, we purchased our tickets and entered the magnificent Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal within 10 minutes. The church began as a small chapel located at Pointe a Calliere in 1642 serving the first 50 settlers to the area. As the area grew, a larger building was erected on it’s current site in the 1670’s. Outgrowing the building again, the current cathedral was built in the 1820’s. I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves but be sure to note the organ built in 1891 and the stained-glass windows added in 1929. For more information, click here.

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Mont Royal – Montreal, QC

Montreal isn’t complete without a walk up to Mount Royal Park. Near Magill University, the park takes visitors to breathtaking vistas overlooking the city. Somehow our map system was wrong and we parked in front of an old psychiatric hospital. We walked the grounds and followed a father taking his two kids to the top of the mountain. He said he’d lived there 9 years and hadn’t ever gone to the top. The abandoned Victoria hospital was a bit spooky but to the right side of the building we found a path and jumped on. Because it was getting dusk, we hurried up stairs and more stairs to the top.

Once at the top, there were tons of people! A guy played a piano. A large pavilion sat on the ridge and multiple spectators posed for sunset pictures. On the way back down, we followed the main path which was better marked and led us to a large parking lot at the base of the mountain. Click here for more information about Mont Royal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pointe-a-Calliere – Montreal, QC

Outside Montreal's Pointe a Calliere Museum

Outside Montreal’s Pointe a Calliere Museum

 

The best and most interesting museum in Montreal (and most visited) is the Pointe a Calliere. The tour begins with an 18-minute multimedia presentation. Yours Truly, Montreal details the history of Montreal on a 270 degree screen.

Multimedia presentation

Multimedia presentation

Afterwards, visitors are taken underneath the Montreal streets to see original layers of the city that have been inhabited by people over 1000 years. In one area, we saw an old cemetery and another – the foundation of the Royal Insurance Company. This particular building became the Customs House in 1917. After it was abandoned, it became a parking lot. It wasn’t until preparations for Montreal’s 350th anniversary got underway that these archeological gems were discovered. Pictures and my description don’t do this museum justice, but it is fascinating. I’m not an archeology buff so for me to find it interesting is saying a lot.

 

Underneath current Montreal streets

Underneath current Montreal

At one point, we could see where a creek was covered after it became the dumping ground for raw sewage from chamber pots. The tour ultimately took us to a large archeological crypt under Montreal’s first marketplace dating back to 1676. In the process we learned about the signing of the Great Peace of Montreal in 1701.

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We then explored the Pirates or Privateers? exhibit which is housed in the old . Although geared more towards kids, we had fun following in the footsteps of Pierre LeMoyne d’Iberville (notice the Louisiana connections). Aboard the ship, Iberville, we could see what life was life for sailors on the St. Lawrence.

Steering a ship at the pirate exhibit.

We then went across the street to a newer building to see the Of Horses and Men – The Emile Hermes Collection – Paris. Yes – that Hermes – the one who makes the scarves and other high-end fashion items. In its beginnings, the company founded by Thierry Hermes in 1837 as a harness and bridle shop. Later, the grandson Emile added high-end saddles to their product line. These weren’t for the average customer but for the czar of Russia

Hermes exhibit

Hermes exhibit

This temporary exhibit took us through the world of horses and horse accessories while detailing the history of the Hermes company. Did you know Emile was granted exclusive use to introduce the zipper in 1918? Known as the Hermes fastener, the first client was Edward, Prince of Wales!

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During the 1920’s, the automobile took over and horses were no longer a necessity, but a luxury. As we toured a replica of Emile’s office, we saw his personal items including a shoulder bag that brought the company into the luggage market. Soon after, they ventured into apparel and we saw some of the first scarves.

One of the first Hermes scarbes

One of the first Hermes scarves

The Pointe a Calliere is an incredible museum and we only scratched the surface. In 2017, they will open a 7th pavilion which takes visitors to the remains of Fort Ville-Marie – the true birthplace of Montreal. Click here for details about the museum.