Entries in ‘Canada’ Journal

Travel, Horses and Happiness Wishes

Wednesday December 25, 2013 at 6:06 AM | 0 Comments

Sleigh, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Happy Holidays to you, wherever you may be. I wish you good health and safe travels! Whether you travel on foot, by bike, boat, bus, car, plane, train or horse – I hope you find yourself on the travel road.

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada

Learning History in Quebec City, Canada

Wednesday July 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM | 3 Comments

History in Quebec

The Plains of Abraham, Québec City

When I travel with my children, I like to make sure there’s some educational element included – whether it’s learning about plants and animals, history, or culture. On our recent family trip to Québec City, my kids learned more about the history of Québec  and Canada than I could have ever imagined.

We visited Québec City for three nights, and packed in many different activities. On our first full day, we had a city tour and learned all about the history of Québec – including the meaning of the word Québec (where the river narrows). It’s because of this unique geography that it became a desirable city for both the French and the English. Over the course of the next few days, we learned more about how this history made Québec evolve into the bilingual province we were visiting.

Our hotel, the Hotel Chateau Laurier, was located adjacent to National Battlefields Park (better know as the Plains of Abraham), and one of our favorite experiences was right at the park. We started with the interactive Odyssey Experience, a three-part movie and set of exhibits. During the movie, we learned about the battles that were fought at the park we were on, along with an overview of Canadian history all the way up to Nunavut’s separation from the Northwest Territories in 1999. Then, after the movie, we boarded the Abraham Bus, where “Abraham” took us on a guided bus tour of the Plains. The 45-minute tour was infused with interaction and humor, and my children absolutely loved it.

On another day, we took a guided tour of the St. Lawrence River on board the Louis-Jolliet, a sightseeing boat. Named after the Canadian explorer, our boat tour was led by a costumed “Louis Jolliet”, who taught us more about the importance of the river and the history of the city. It was nice to enjoy the hot July afternoon on the river, and our whole family learned quite a bit.

Québec City is a lovely place to visit, and the history and culture made our trip even more of a success.

If you go: Book a tour that also visits the Montmorency Falls, a beautiful waterfall that is higher than Niagara Falls. It’s about 10 minutes outside of Québec City.

Related Post:

Things to See and Do in Lanaudiere and Mauricie, Québec, Canada

Disclosure: Our stay and activities were comped for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

This is a guest post by Jodi Grundig of Family Travel Magazine. Photo is courtesy of Jodi Grundig.

Auberge du Lac Taureau Lake Resort, Quebec, Canada

Friday December 21, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 3 Comments

View of the Auberge du Lac Taureau

The Lanaudière region is like a fine wine, it should be sipped and savored over time. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Auberge du Lac Taureau in Saint-Michel-des-Saints.

The 100 room, four-star, family-friendly resort offers hotel rooms with forest and lake views. If I were traveling with my family, I would recommend a classic condo rental, complete with kitchen and lounge area.

My room, #1221, rented for $409, which included breakfast and a four-course gourmet dinner for two persons. The room featured a queen bed, a view of Lake Taureau with outdoor balcony, fireplace, television and a ceramic shower in the bathroom.

The pool at Auberge du Lac Taureau

Indoor and outdoor activities at Auberge du Lac Taureau

Summers in Quebec are meant to be spent on the lake. At Auberge du Lac Taureau, there are plenty of activities to keep adults and children entertained; from kayaking, canoeing, and bear viewing, to taking a hydro plane ride over the Saint-Michel-des-Saints region.

Winter time activities include dog sled rides, snow mobiles, ice fishing, winter hiking, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and ice skating on the Auberge pond.

For year round relaxation enjoy the indoor swimming pool or schedule yourself a spa treatment. I tried the Maple Exfoliation & Scrub ($75. for one hour spa treament) and my skin felt as smooth as a silk sheet. Check the website for current pricing and details.

Gourmet dining at Auberge du La Taureau

Fall had arrived during my early October visit and the menu reflected the seasonal change. From cream of mushroom soup, to local Quebec cheese and elk sirloin, the menu shouted hunter/gatherer, but in a good way. Of course, vegetarian and seafood options were also available at the restaurant.

"Classic Condo"

Auberge du Lac Taureau Classic Condo #1221

In addition to trying the regional specialties, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to taste Domaine Le France, and ice cider after dinner drink. Magnifique!

The breakfast buffet is served daily from 7 – 10 a.m.








Auberge du Lac Taureau massage teepee

Insider tips 


Have you ever wanted to have a massage over the water, in a teepee? You can in the summer time at Auberge du Lac Taureau Resort in Quebec, Canada.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow Auberge du Lac Taureau Resort on Twitter.

Check in: 4:00 p.m.

Check out: 11:00 a.m.

What are your favorite things to do in the regions of Lanaudiere and Mauricie, Quebec, Canada?


If You Go:

Auberge du Lac Taureau 450-833-1919 or 1-877-822-2623

1200, chemin Baie du Milieu
Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Quebec

Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Auberge du Lac Taureau  and Tourism Quebec.

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Things to do in Lanaudiere and Mauricie, Quebec, Canada