CANADA in the WILD
Itinerary for September 17, 2016
10:00 am Arrive to Montreal**. We will make our first stop in Montreal's Mont-Royal, the mountain from which the city takes its name. We will go up to the TOP where beautiful views of this metropolis await.
** Get ready as group challenges will begin at this time!
Montreal: Festive and Bright
Itinerary for January 22, 2017
Thank you for booking this trip. Here is your itinerary:
7.30 am Meet us at 90 University Private, Ottawa, K1N 6N5. This is a residence building on the University of Ottawa campus [See our map below]. The Ottawa Residences Building is right in front of a big parking lot where our bus will pick us up. Here you will have a chance to gather and get to know your fellow travellers before we set out.
7:45 am The bus departs at 7:45 am sharp. Don’t be late, we will not be able to wait for you and we do not want you to miss this awesome trip.
5:30 pm Whichever option you choose for the afternoon we will meet at Place d'Armes again at 5.30 PM to go back to Ottawa
7:35 pm Arrive at 90 University in Ottawa
What To Bring: WINTER CLOTHING (Wear layers, warm sweaters, hats, gloves, scarfs, winter boots), your camera, snacks and water for the bus.
See you on Sunday January 22nd!
We'll make our way through the Vieux-Montreal cobbled stone streets, hitting landmarks such as: Place Jacques-Cartier, crowned by the beautiful City Hall building; the 'Marche de Bonsecours' inaugurated in 1847, and acknowledged as one of Canada's ten finest heritage buildings; the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours chapel, Montreal's oldest chapel (350 years old); typical rue St Paul, Place d'Armes and the Notre-Dame Basilica, considered North America's most beautifully decorated church. Here we'll get a private tour where we'll learn about its history and significance.
12:00 pm Around this time we will make a stop to enjoy some lunch (Not included in price) at Les 3 Brasseurs, Canada's first family of Microbrewery restaurants (check them out online). Here we will be able to enjoy some great food and tasty beer. This is a great time to socialize and make new friends!
1:30 pm We have booked a guided tour of the Basilica of Notre-Dame at this time. We will learn about its history and significance.
2:00 pm Decision Time
Option A: Explore downtown Montreal, either on your own, or with us. We are planning to hit Montreal’s Place Des Arts which has been turned Into A Free “Winter Wonderland Playground” during the 'LUMINOTHÉRAPIE' installation (see below), St Catherine, the underground city and the Musee des Beaux arts (free entrance to the regular exhibits if you are under 30 years of age). There are lots of landmarks to visit: Montreal's Cathedral, McGill University and many other museums. Did we mention this is also a great shopping district?
10:45 am After photos have been taken and views immortalized we will get back in the bus and head towards Montreal's old quarters. Arriving at the Vieux-Port (The Old Port) we'll stroll through it to check out the 'Nordik Village'. This is an interactive space created by seven Montreal design firms, each presenting their vision of northern winter living. This exhibit is part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary Hivernales and the village completely embraces the magic of Quebec winters!
Option B: Head to Montreal's Park Jean-Drapeau where the 'Fête des neiges' Festival will be taking place. Check them out online. This popular event has a program geared toward enjoying the outdoors, with a wide array of free and pay activities. Access to the site and to most of the activities is free!
Within the park you can also find the Biosphere, Northamerica's only Environment Museum.
Please note that you will have to get there and back on your own. The subway system is quick and effective.