La Belle Province!
DAY 1: MONTRÉAL
- Bienvenue dans La Belle Province!
- Start your day with an exhilarating drone tour of Montréal followed by a 360° view from the top of the Place Ville-Marie Observatory, one of the highest viewpoints in the city.
- Explore La Ville Souterraine (Underground City) and the modern art installations scattered throughout the largest underground commercial complex in the world.
- Meanwhile, experience the same longing for the city felt by its citizens, as you listen to Ariane Moffatt’s “Je rentre à Montréal.”
- Later, read about the controversial origin of Poutine and get inspired by La Banquise restaurant’s menu or OpenTable’s blog to create your own version of this traditional Québécois dish!
- Tonight, hold on to your seats as you watch the movie “Les Rois Mongols” and learn about the “La Révolution Tranquille” (Quiet Revolution), a period of intense political and cultural change in the province of Québec.
DAY 2: MONTRÉAL
- Discover how the legendary St-Viateur bagel, in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, became one of Montréal’s cultural landmarks.
- Afterwards, enjoy a tour of the city’s mural & street art. See why Montréal has become one of the most important urban art centers in Canada, even hosting its own Annual Mural Festival.
- Take a virtual tour through Montréal’s history, starting with the first indigenous settlements at the city’s birthplace: Pointe-à-Callière Museum.
- Similarly, discover the Verdun neighborhood, one of the oldest and liveliest in Montréal. Then take this quiz to test your local knowledge.
- Learn about idiomatic expressions from Québec; choose your favorite and try to find the English equivalent.
- Nod your head to the track “Nouveaux Riches” by Québécois rapper Loud, whose music personifies the bilingualism of the city.
- Lastly, enjoy an evening view of the remarkable Notre-Dame Basilica, a Neo-Gothic jewel in Montréal’s religious heritage.
DAY 3: MONTRÉAL | QUÉBEC CITY
- This morning, sample a variety of cultural workshops at the Fine Arts Museum of Montréal.
- If you’re not already familiar with Frank & Oak’s eco-friendly fashion, read La Presse’s article to learn how an immigrant and introvert became co-founder and CEO of one of Canada’s most famous clothing brands!
- Make sure to add 2020’s hottest Québec fashion designers to your watchlist
- Next, test your knowledge of the province of Québec by taking a short quiz. For example: did you know that Québec comes from the Algonquin word “Kebec,” which means “where the river narrows?
- Then, tour Old Québec and the lively neighborhood of Petit Champlain, the oldest shopping district in North America.
- Later, head to the Museum of Civilization for a virtual visit of the exhibit “C’est notre histoire” where you will journey through the history and impressive culture of Québec’s Aboriginal population and get a feel for what it’s like to be Aboriginal in the 21st century.
- Discover the sugary secrets of the traditional Cabane à Sucre (sugar shack) as you learn the process of producing maple syrup, starting from the harvesting of maple water (sap) until the syrup is formed.
- Tonight, listen to the beautiful ballad “Crier tout bas” by Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist, Béatrice Martin, also known by her stage name, Coeur de Pirate.
DAY 4: QUÉBEC CITY
- This morning, adventure through the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency as you ride the cable car up, visit the Montmorency Manor, stop at the Belvédère de la Baronne, cross the suspension bridge, walk through the orchard, and descend the 487-step staircase.
- Discover the largest growing online art gallery and exhibiting network in Québec.
- Let the circus come to you and watch the full Féria shows – L’attraction and Crépuscule online. Since the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil was created in 1984, the circus arts have become a fundamental aspect of Québec’s contemporary artistic scene and cultural heritage.
- Later, take a virtual tour of the Ursulines Order of Nun’s Monastery, the oldest institution of learning for women in North America, which was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1972.
- Next, discover the poet and writer David Goudreault during one of his poetry slam performances.
- This evening, indulge your senses as you learn how to make one of Québec’s typical desserts: Pouding Chômeur au sirop d’érable.
- For your grand finale, listen to the audiobook “Créatures Fantastiques du Québec” available on Radio-Canada’s website or its OHdio app. Discover another side of Québec, a land full of shadow and mystery, through its series of thrilling tales!
Bon voyage et à bientôt!
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