Posts Tagged ‘Quebec’

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 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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Chateau Versailles offers Joie de Vivre in Montreal, Canada

Friday December 7, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 0 Comments

You know you are in Montreal when your hotel serves afternoon tea. The Chateau Versailles, a former 19th century home, is ideally located in downtown Montreal. Shoppers will be happy to know that this boutique hotel is located within the Golden Square Mile on Sherbrooke Street West, home to high-end retailers, jewelers and fashion houses.

Rooms reflect Quebec design

The 65 rooms are brightly colored, reflecting the Joie de vivre of Montreal and the collaboration with Quebec artists, furniture makers and designers. Rooms are available with single beds, queen and king beds. My room, #309, is a deluxe queen and rents for $185, including a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. Check the website for AAA rates and package deals.


Breakfast is served daily in Le Boudoir from 7:00 – 10:30 a.m. However, individual coffee service from Keurig is available in room, as is room service.

Chateau Versailles Deluxe Queen #309




Additional amenities include afternoon tea, served from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Le Boudoir, cotton robes, Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries and access to a business center.





Chateau Versailles Le Boudoir

Keeping fit on the road

The Chateau Versailles offers a fitness center and sauna for its guests. Additionally, the property is pet-friendly for those who prefer to travel with man’s best friend. As of this review, the dog fee is $17 additional, per night.

Insider Tips:

Chateau Versailles offers complimentary wifi on the property and in the bedrooms.  With my impending hip replacement surgery, I look at hotels from a different perspective. If you have trouble negotiating stairs, be aware that Chateau Versailles does not have an elevator. You’ll want to request a room on the first floor.

Check In: 3:00 p.m.

Check Out: 12:00 p.m.

The lobby at Chateau Versailles


If You Go:

Chateau Versailles

1659 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal, Quebec H3H 1E3 Canada

514 933-3611

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 Chateau Versailles and Tourism Quebec.

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