Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa Photo Blog 2022
Tour Name: Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa
Tour Dates: July 31 – August 5, 2022
Tour Director: Laura Bomberger
One of my favorite things about traveling is the opportunity to see life and culture through a new lens. Though we were just across the Canadian border, it felt (and looked) much more like Europe than North America as we strolled quaint cobblestone streets surrounded by colorful, fragrant flower boxes, beautiful stone buildings, and French-speaking business owners and residents. It was a welcome and refreshing change of scenery that we fully embraced as we greeted others with a friendly “Bonjour!” and enjoyed the many delicious creperies, eateries, and ice cream shops!
For two days, we explored and learned about Quebec City’s unique history as a key port along the powerful St. Lawrence River. Many of the intricate murals painted throughout the city detailed key events and attributes of Quebec City’s past and present, preserving and telling its history through artistic form. Situated on the top of the hill is the famous Le Chateau Frontenac, a gorgeous hotel that has hosted royalty and celebrities throughout the years. We had the incredible opportunity to tour the hotel, see its elaborate décor, and hear its stories of past.
From Quebec City, we made our way to Montreal, the financial capital of Canada, where we were greeted by our enthusiastic and insightful tour guide! With a love and passion for her hometown, our guide eagerly described the influence of the English and French on Montreal and Montreal’s commitment to retaining the French culture while being surrounded by English influence. She also described with great passion the harsh winters in Montreal—with temperatures dipping to -40 degrees—and the immense “underground city” that enables people to walk from one side of the city to the other without stepping foot outside. Her ability to navigate the underground city tunnels was quite impressive! After a full day of sightseeing, several tour members joined me for a “short” 1.5 mile evening walk to enjoy St. Viateur Bagel Shop’s legendary bagels. Let’s just say we took the bus back…. ☺
We concluded our 6-day trip in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital of Canada, where we enjoyed a walking tour of Parliament Hill and a boat cruise along the Rideau Canal. Many tour members also tried the famous BeaverTail, a must-try Canadian pastry. It did not disappoint!
Trips like these always go by way too quickly, but am thankful for a wonderful week away with a terrific group of people who were eager to explore, laugh, and learn a little French along the way!
Until next time…
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