“La Belle Province”
The province of Quebec, and it’s capital Quebec City, is a must do for any educational tour or student group looking for a language immersion experience this side of the pond. Quebec is predominantly French-speaking, making it a great alternative to a trip to France. That, combined with the old world feel of it’s capital, have earned it the nickname “Europe of North America”.
Built in 1647, Notre-Dame has seen it’s fair share of history. While the structure itself has been rebuilt several times, the Basilica has stood on the same spot in Old Quebec since it was originally built. The interior is in the neo-Baroque style and features beautiful gold leaf as well as priceless religious paintings and valuables. Time permitting, your student group might enjoy a tour of the crypt or seeing the Holy Door.
A visit to Montmorency Falls is a wonderful way to get your student group outside and exploring nature. A little exercise never hurt anyone, right? Don’t miss the Suspension Bridge that crosses over the 275-foot falls or La Baronne Observation Deck where you can take some picturesque selfies. If your group is visiting in the winter, don’t let the cold stop you from visiting the Falls. The view might be a bit different, but as long as you’re bundled up, you’ll be able to enjoy this breathtaking winter wonderland.
3. Visit a Sugar Shack
A visit to a traditional Sugar Shack is another great way to experience unique Quebec’s culture. You group will learn how maple syrup is produced and have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional meal inside one of these rustic log cabins. Ask your tour company to make sure a meal is included!
Make sure to pencil in time to explore the Quartier Petit Champlain, the oldest part of Quebec City. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time! The cobblestone streets are peppered with cute shops and restaurants, so it makes for a great place to have some free time or perhaps enjoy lunch. Ride the funicular on the way up or down.
5. Winter Sports
Many student tours travel during the school spring or summer break; however, if your winter break is long enough, it’s an excellent time to travel. Quebec is one of those cities that offers fun year round. In fact, some of the best activities are only available in the winter. If you can’t make it to one of Europe’s Christmas Markets, definitely don’t miss your chance to visit Quebec City’s German Christmas Market. You group can explore the kiosks full of unique trinkets, taste delicious foods, and listen to festive holiday music. For a more active adventure, check out the Winter Playground at Valcartier. Here your students can snow tube or raft, ice skate, or visit the famous Hotel Glace. Or if you’ve never tried snowshoeing (has anyone?), this is your chance!
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Disclaimer! Many sites, venues and activities are closed, have limited hours or other various restrictions due to Covid-19. Be sure to check with your tour company and/or the sites themselves for more detailed information.