Pictures from Canada

A Pilgrimage to Canada

Led by:

Gregg Lee and Becky Gilbert
Holy Comforter Church
Burlington, NC

April 11 - 17, 2009

Trip map

DAY 1, Saturday, April 11, 2009 - Depart Raleigh Durham for our flight to Quebec, Canada.  Upon arrival, we meet our driver and guide and our pilgrimage journey begins.  We will experience the period charm of Old Quebec on a walking tour of the historic city’s many highlights.  Beginning in the Upper Town district of Old Quebec to the Lower Town, we discover Quebec City’s history from 1608 until today.  We gain a sense of the day-to-day lives of the people who have lived in this lovely fortress city over the centuries.  Overnight Notre Dame Retreat Centre, Ste. Foy, Quebec. D

DAY 2: Sunday, April 12, 2009 - This morning we will attend the 11 AM English services at Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, the 1st Anglican Cathedral to be built outside the British Isles and modeled after St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square in London.  After the service we will tour the Cathedral and then enjoy a picnic lunch at Jardin des Gouverneurs, a small park south of the Château Frontenac.  This afternoon we will see the Quebec Experience, a multi media 3D extravaganza which shows 400 years of Quebec’s history.  Now we move on to Chalmers-Wesley United Church, a Neo Gothic church with eight floor to ceiling stained class windows.  Overnight Notre Dame Retreat Centre, Ste. Foy, Quebec. BD

DAY 3: Monday, April 13, 2009 - After breakfast we will visit the Museum of Civilization, an internationally renowned state museum and one of the city’s most popular museums.  It is an interactive experience which presents four permanent and six temporary thematic exhibitions at a time.  We continue on to Escalier Casse-Cou, appropriately named, the “Break Neck Steps” which leads the way from Lower Town to Upper Town.  The steps are carved out through a collection of steep streets and short-cut staircases.  At the top of this unique climb, we are rewarded with a one-of-a-kind magnificent view of Quebec City.  We visit Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, located in the heart of Place-Royale.  The church was built in 1688 and stands on the site of Samuel de Champlain’s first home.  The church has been restored twice and is named for two French victories against the British.  We continue on to Quartier Petit Champlain, which is to Quebec City what Montmartre is to Paris.  We will have time to explore on our own in small groups with our chaperones.  We can take photos, walk the narrow streets and browse in the many boutiques.  We will enjoy dinner in Upper Town.  Overnight Notre Dame Retreat Centre, Ste. Foy, Quebec. BD

DAY 4: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - Today we travel north to Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica, one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in North America.  We continue on to Montmorency Falls, a stunning 272 feet high water fall.  We will take the tram up and hike back down.  We return to Notre Dame Retreat Centre, Ste. Foy, Quebec for overnight. BD

DAY 5: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - This morning we will visit La Citadelle, a national historical site, also known as the Gibraltar of America.  Here we will see the military past and present of Quebec City.  We continue to 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.  We take part in the Soldier of the Martello Tower Tour, accompanied by British officers, we learn about the living conditions of the soldiers billeted in one of the Martello Towers.  We take part in the 1812 military lifestyle through an interactive historical activity using competitions and games.  We continue on to the Museum of Fine Arts, composed of three buildings each of which represents a different style and time period.  In 1991, a neighboring abandoned prison was added to the museum which allows visitors to explore life in the prison where dangerous criminals were housed and sentenced to death.  We end our day at the Observatoire de la Capitale, the tallest building in Quebec City which is 725 feet above sea level. Here we see 400 years of history in a single glance, admire the capital from all angles and see the St. Lawrence River.  Overnight Notre Dame Retreat Centre, Ste. Foy, Quebec. BD

DAY 6: Thursday, April 16, 2009 - After breakfast we visit Basilique-Cathedrale Notre-Dame, the first parish church in North America.  The church was built in 1664 and received the designation of cathedral ten years later.  The cathedral was ravaged by the bombardments during the English Conquest in 1759 and was destroyed by fire in 1922.  The Cathedral has been rebuilt twice.  During our tour, we will visit the crypt (Quebec’s first). We continue on to Chateau de Frontenac, towering above the St. Lawrence River, it is Canada’s most famous hotel and landmark.  The afternoon will be free to explore on your own in small groups.  You may wish to revisit a favorite site, visit a new site, shop, journal or pack.  Overnight Notre Dame Retreat Centre, Ste. Foy, Quebec. BD

DAY 7: Friday, April 17, 2009 - After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight home arriving back at Raleigh Durham this afternoon. B

Price: $2,196.28  Price is based on double occupancy with airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Raleigh Durham, NC.  Air transportation available from other cities.

Final Payment due by January 9, 2009.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ January 6, 2009 – January 9, 2009 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ January 10, 2009 – March 11, 2009 - $550.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After March 12, 2009:  NO REFUND

Price includes Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.