Tours

2018 Administrators Conference
S’ENGAGER DANS LE MONDE – ENGAGING THE WORLD – ENGRANAR EL MUNDO

October 25-27, 2018 | Quebec City (Quebec) Canada

Conference Partner:

École d’architecture – Université Laval – Québec

Conference Co-chairs:     

Myriam Blais, École d’architecture – Université Laval – Québec
Sharon Matthews, Wentworth Institute of Technology – Boston


 

Below are walking and bus tours being offered in Quebec | Advanced Registration Required | Space is Limited
 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018



1:00pm – 4:00pm: Quebec Historical Architecture Tour - Walking                                   $55 USD

Tour led by: David Mendel, Mendel Tours

Experience Old Quebec with a local, beginning at the Dufferin Terrace, a vast boardwalk overlooking the St. Lawrence River, formerly the site of the Governor’s Residence. Learn about the famous Chateau Frontenac hotel, its history and architecture, before seeing the Governor’s Park and the monument to generals Wolfe and Montcalm. In the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (1800-1804) you will see superb Communion Silver given to the Cathedral by King George III. Our next stop will be the Seminary of Quebec, founded in 1663. Now occupied by the School of Architecture of Laval University, this institution is a remarkable collection of buildings erected around enclosed courtyards. We will end our tour of the Upper Town with a visit of the magnificent interior of Notre Dame de Québec Basilica, which became the first Catholic Cathedral North of Mexico in 1674. Finally, we will descend the Côte de la Montagne to visit Place Royale, where French explorer Samuel de Champlain constructed his first Habitation in 1608 and where the Government of Quebec has restored merchants’ houses from the time of New France.

Walking Tour Old Quebec | Advanced Registration Required | Space is Limited  


 * To add a tour to your existing conference registration, please call the ACSA office at 202-785-2324
  
  
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018



2:00pm – 5:00pm: Quebec Religious Building Tour - Walking                                          $55 USD

Tour led by: David Mendel, Mendel Tours

Discover the living history of some of Quebec’s oldest institutions. In 1639, the Governor of New France and the inhabitants of the tiny wilderness settlement of Quebec gathered to greet a long-awaited ship from France. On board were nuns from two religious orders: the Augustinian Sisters had arrived to found Quebec’s first hospital, while the Ursuline Nuns had come to establish the first girls’ school of the colony. Over the years these institutions have expanded and evolved, but the Hôtel-Dieu and the Ursuline Convent have retained ancient buildings dating back to the 17thand 18thcenturies. During our tour will see a wealth of magnificent embroideries, paintings, sculpture, reliquaries, silver, and objects from daily life spanning three centuries. 

A highlight of our visit will be the Ursuline Chapel which contains the oldest sculptural ensemble which has survived since the French regime, dating from the 1720s and 30s, as well paintings from France that came to Canada after the French Revolution. In 2018 the aging Ursuline nuns will be leaving their convent, but they have established new organizational structures such as the Pôle culturel des Ursulines, to ensure that the exceptional heritage of the Ursulines will be preserved and made accessible to the public for generations to come. Also faced with dwindling numbers, the Augustinian nuns have developed an ambitious project to create a living place of memory. Combining heritage buildings with contemporary design, the 42 -million-dollar project includes a museum and archives, hotel and wellness centre. Visitors can stay at the convent, in rooms that were formerly occupied by the nuns in the oldest wings. In 2016their 65-room hotel -museum was named the world’s number one travel experience for a physical and mental reboot by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.

Walking Tour Old Quebec | Advanced Registration Required | Space is Limited   

 

 * To add a tour to your existing conference registration, please call the ACSA office at 202-785-2324




2:00pm – 5:00pm: Quebec Countryside Tour - Bus                                                          $100 USD

 

Tour led by: David Mendel, Mendel Tours

Explore the Montmorency Falls, one of the most remarkable natural sites in Canada, the falls are over 33 meters higher than Niagara. In the late 18th century, Governor Haldimand built a county house beside the falls. Today, the waterfall and Manor are surrounded by a beautiful park which includes extensive walking paths, a cliff-side boardwalk and staircases leading to a dramatic foot bridge over the waterfall.On the island of Orleans we will visit the picturesque village of Ste-Pétronille, once the base camp of General Wolfe and his army. From our vantage point on the western tip of the island we will have an exceptional view of the city of Quebec and its harbour which was once filled with the sails of hundreds of English warships. We will follow an old rural road to cross the island and pass through the village of St. Pierre before going over the bridge to return to Quebec.

Bus Tour Quebec Countryside | Advanced Registration Required | Space is Limited.  


 * To add a tour to your existing conference registration, please call the ACSA office at 202-785-2324