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Learning History in Quebec City, Canada

Wednesday July 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM | 2 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.

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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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Auberge de La Montagne Coupée, Nature Nourished in Quebec, Canada

Friday December 14, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 1 Comment

Perched in the crown of the mountain, Auberge de la Montagne Coupée, is the ideal location to re-connect with nature. I was in Montreal, Canada for business and decided to take advantage of the leaf peeping season in Quebec. The fall colors were show-stopping in early October.

The rear of Auberge de la Montagne

Hotel employees purchase Auberge de la Montagne Coupée

The 47 room inn is owned by business partners Suzi Beaudry and Marie Prefontaine. Upon the death of the Auberge de la Montagne Coupée’s owner, the former employees had the chance to purchase the four star property. Dedicated to providing excellent customer service, the ladies jumped in with both feet and have run the inn for the past seven years.

Built in 1989, and renovated in 2011, Auberge de la Montagne Coupée, caters to families, couples and the business retreat customer. With its large dining room, the property can accommodate groups, too.

Auberge de la Montagne Coupee #205




My room, #205, was a standard room with two queen beds. Check the website for package deals. My rate quoted was $135 per person without meals, $232, including breakfast and dinner. And what a dinner it was, vegetable soup, an appetizer, rack of lamb and chocolate peanut butter cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert were my menu selections. I ordered the maple waffle for breakfast, topped with fresh fruit.



Sports and nature await at Auberge de la Montagne Coupée

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the nearby walking and hiking paths, while those looking to enjoy the view, need simply walk to the back of the property. An indoor, salt water swimming pool was on the first floor; a great follow up to an afternoon massage.

With four golf courses and Nordic baths nearby, as well as horseback riding, spring, summer and fall months are covered. I’m told the cross-country skiing is very scenic in the winter.

Auberge Montagne Coupee Maple Waffle with fruit

Insider Tips: Carmel lovers take note, stop at the nearby Val Notre-Dame Abbey and pick up a jar of hand crafted sauce made by the local monks.

If you have never visited Quebec, Canada in the Fall, Auberge de la Montagne Coupée is an ideal location for leaf-peeping. The colors will dazzle your mind and camera lens.

Check in: 4:00 p.m.

Check out: noon

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

If You Go:

Auberge La Montagne Coupee

1000, Chemin de a Montagne Coupée

Saint-Jean-de-Matha, Quebec, Canada JOK 250

The pool at Auberge de la Montagne Coupee


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 de la Montagne Coupée  and Tourism Quebec.

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