Our Trip to Quebec
by Dennis Johnson

We woke up and got on the 6:40 boat. My class which includes 3rd through 6th grade were all tired from being up so early. I kept on hearing how everyone was excited about the trip. We walked up the hill and there in the parking lot was our bus. We all rushed to get a good seat. On our way to Quebec we watched three movies. We saw Dudley DoRight, Fly Away Home and Home Alone 3 which all had something to do with Canada except Home Alone 3. After we crossed the border we saw all kinds of neat buildings and tried to read the signs. They were all in French. We finally got to Quebec City around 1 pm. The Clarendon was the hotel we stayed at. It is the oldest hotel in Quebec City. After we got unpacked the first thing we did was see a 3D multimedia show. It told us the whole history of Quebec and then we went to the Musee du Fort. There was a model of the city in 1759 and it showed us the six sieges of Quebec City including the battle of the Plains of Abraham. After that we took the Funicular down to the lower city. The Funicular is an elevator that goes down the 300' to the lower city where Place Royal is. This is where the first settlement of Quebec by Champlain was built around 1608. Many of the buildings date back to the 1700s. We ate dinner at the Cochon Dingue Restaurant. It had really good food. We had had the menus faxed to us before we left so we knew what we were all having at all the restaurants. We took a long walk back from the restaurant. The city was so pretty at night.

The next day we woke up early and had breakfast at 7:30 at the hotel. There was yogurt, eggs, bacon, potatoes and orange juice. After that we took a one and half hour guided tour of the Ursuline Museum. We then went to the Ursuline school "Ecole de Ursulines". This school and the convent was started in 1642 by Marie de'Incarnation. We presented a slide show about our island and we did it in both English and French. They loved it. Then we paired up with the kids from the school and asked each other questions. It was hard for both of us to try to understand each other's language. We went back to the Clarendon and got ready for lunch. We walked up to the Chateau Frontenac and there were five horse drawn carriages waiting for us. They took us all around the city. We learned so much from the drivers and then they dropped us off at the Concorde Hotel. On the top of the hotel was a restaurant called L'Astral. All the food there was very good. The whole restaurant on the 22nd floor rotated around in a little over an hour. The view was incredible. After we left there we walked back to the old city, went shopping and then got a tour of the Chateau Frontenac. We found out that parts of it had been rebuilt a couple of times and sections had been added over the years. Lots of famous people have stayed there including Celine Dion, Goldie Hawn and the Queen of England. We went back to the hotel and got ready for dinner at the Aux Anciens Canadians Restaurant. The restaurant is in the oldest house in Quebec City. Some of us tried escargot (snails) and it was the best meal yet. We went back to the Clarendon.

The next morning we got up and had breakfast at 7. This time we were served sausage, eggs, potatoes, fruit cup, orange juice and a croissant stuffed with chocolate. After breakfast we did a little shopping and then got a tour of the Citadelle which is a fort built in 1820 to protect the city from the United States. It took 30 years to be built and has never been fired on. After the Citadelle we did a little more shopping and then went on the ferry to Levis on the other side of the St. Lawrence River. The bus was waiting for us on the other side with all of our luggage. On the way back we watched Never Cry Wolf, Iron Will and started watching Anne of Green Gables which all have something to do with Canada. We stopped at McDonalds and got some lunch. We had three choices; chicken fingers, cheeseburger or a hamburger, all came with an order of fries and a soda. We got back just in time for the 6:30 boat. We were exhausted!!

This trip was made possible because of grants from MBNA, Recompense Foundation and Island Institute!
Thank you so much!!!!

Most of the following photos were taken by Mia, Vickie, Darya and Dennis and the writeups about different aspects of Quebec were written by the students before we left.


6:40 am
- Leave Chebeague on CTC Boat

7:00 - Mainline Bus Tours bring lunch and snacks for bus ride - Movies on bus - Cry Wolves, Dudley Do-right, Ann of Green Gables, Anne of Avalon, Fly Away Home 

12:30 Customs - Everyone needs birth certificate or passport
On the Bus
 Quebec City - Arianna
In 1608 Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Quebec. Quebec comes from the Algonquin (native american) Kebec meaning "where the river narrows". Quebec City has many architectural designs all through the city. There are three major military sights such as Artillery Park, The Citidelle, and the Plains of Abraham. There are many beautiful parts of the city with beautiful homes and hotels throughout. There are carriage rides and tours and people enjoy walking at night. Quebec is filled with millions of lights and the Chateau Frontenac is beautiful when all lit up.

2:00 Arrive Hotel Clarendon settle in and get ready for a walk to square (website: http://www.quebecweb.com/clarendon/)

3:15 3D multimedia show - A magical 3D journey through the great historical moments of Quebec - 24 video and 3d slide projectors, 50,000 watt lighting, 19 speakers...

4:30 Musee du Fort for "slide/scale model" show

5:00 Back to the Hotel

7:00 Leave for square and take the elevator (funicular) or stairs to lower city

7:30 Dinner at Cochon Dingue

Hotel Clarendon


Hotel Clarendon


Outside the Entrance to the 3D Multimedia show

 Clarendon Hotel - Christy
The Clarendon was built in 1870 and is in the heart of the historical Old Quebec. It has stylish woodwork and comfortable rooms. It is the oldest hotel in Quebec City. Within the walls of the Clarendon is the oldest dining room of Canada. It was completely renovated. It has 151 rooms that are very comfortable. The Clarendon is known for its art deco nouveau style.
 Musee du Fort - George
The Musee du Fort is a museum with a 400 square foot model of the city in 1759. It shows the six sieges of Quebec and the two major battles of Quebec which are the Plains of Abraham and Benedict Arnolds march to Quebec.

Boardwalk and toboggan slide

Statue of Champlain


Entrance to the funicular (elevator to lower city)

 Funicular - Tyler
The Funicular is a big elevator. the Funicular lets people go from the lower city to the upper city or the upper city to the lower city.
Work began on the Funicular in April 1879. The Funicular only ran in the summer because there weren't any roofs on it Louis Jolliet live in the house below. Louis Jolliet is also the man who found the Mississippi River. The house below was built in 1683. In 1997 the Funicular was rebuilt. It use to be powered by coal but now it uses electricity.

Cochon Dingue Restaurant

 Cochon Dingue Menu - Dinner

Soup of the Day

1. LE CROQUE MONSIEUR served with french fries or mixed green salad (Black forest ham and gruyere cheese sandwich)

2. LAQUICHE AU POULET ET A L'ESTRAGON Chicken and taragon quiche) served with french fries or mixed green salad)

3. LE SPAGHETTI MAGNIFICO with meat sauce and vegetables

Dessert of the Day Milk or soft drink or coffee or tea

Cochon Dingue Restaurant


 Lower City - Dennis
Samuel de Champlain started building in the Lower City around 1608. The Lower City is the birthplace of the French people in North America. In the Lower Ciy there is a street named Rue due Petit-Champlain. Rue Saint Pierre, and Rue-Saint Paul are also popular strreets. Rue du Petit-Champlain is the oldest street in North America. There are lots of stores and restaurants in the area. The lower city is very popular for the shipbuilders and the ship owners. There's a couple of ways to get to the lower city. One way is the stairs and another way is the Funicular which works like an elevator. The lower city is 19 feet and 6 inches above sea level. A square named Place Royale is a major landmark. A lot of the houses in the lower city date back to the 1700's.
 Samuel de Champlain - Lida
Samuel de Champlain was born in France. Samuel was a young boy he took after his father because he could navigate ships and could be a captain of a ship. His first voyage was in 1603, when he went to Canada on a fur trading trip. He traveled down the St. Lawrence river and into the Hudson Bay. His second trip he went looking for settlement land. His third trip he found settlement along the St. Lawrence River, that eventually became Quebec. Champlain died in Quebec on Christmas day.

 SECOND DAY - March 20 - Tuesday

7 am - Breakfast at the Clarendon Hotel

8:30 - Tour of the museum des Ursulines (694-0694) (website: http://www.ursulines-uc.com)

10:15 - 11:00 Meet with a classroom at Ecole des Ursulines and present a slide show to the students about our community. (presented in English and French)

 Ursulines- Mia
Marie de"Incarnation was the founder of the Ursuline Monastery. It is the oldest learning center in North America. After spending three years in the lower town, the convent was built in 1642. Their first pupils were Indian girls. The first monastery was burned in 1650 and it was soon rebuilt.
Down the street there is the Musee des Ursulines. The museum has different pieces of art, documents and furniture showing what life was like for the Ursulines in the 17th century.
Nearby there is a chapel which was built in 1902, but the inside is based on an older chapel built in 1723. After the battle of September 13, 1759, the French hero Montcalm died and was buried in the convent chapel.
The Ursulines are members of the Roman Catholic order of women. They are named after Saint Ursula and was begun in Italy.






 11:00- Back to Hotel Clarendon

12:30 Meet the horse carriages in front of Chateau Frontenac - 45 min ride to L'Astral restaurant
Carriage ride and tour of Old Quebec



1:30 - Lunch at L'Astral - Award-winning revolving rooftop

3:00 - Shopping

5:00 - tour of the Chateau Frontenac
 The Wall - Darya
Surrounding the Old City of Quebec is a wall which is at places 40 feet tall and four to seven feet in width. The wall is 2.9 miles long with a path all along. As you walk along you can read plaques about different parts. Over the years there has been a lot of damage because of heavy traffic, air pollution, vegetation and a lot more. The wall was restored in 1980s.

L'Astral Restaurant - Lunch
Soup of the day or Panache of lettuce with seasonal vinaigrette

Choose one of the following:
Tortellini, grilled pine nut and dried tomato, gorgonzola cream sauce
Grilled scallop salad with snow peas and red onions
Braised veal stuffed with Italian cheese, tomato and fennel sauce
Filet of salmon, caper butter sauce with green lemon
Grilled veal, tarragon and black pepper sauce
Roasted lamb, pan fried garlic cloves and thyme sauce

Pastry chef's creation of the day Tea, coffee, or milk

 Le Chateau Frontenac- Anna
Le Chateau Frontenac is a castle. It is very luxurious. many rich and famous people have stayed there including King George the 6th, Queen Elizabeth (1993.) Some others are Princess Grace of Monaco, Chiang - Cai She, Charles De Gaulle, Ronald Reagan, Lady Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew and many more.
The Chateau Frontenac was built in the 19th century by William Van Horne. The Riverview Wing had 170 rooms. Ninety three of these had bathrooms. The hotel also has 3 magnificent suites.

 Menu Aux Anciens Canadians
The Quebecois

*Chef's soup, escargot

*Country platter "Quebec meat pie, meatballs ragout,salt pork grillades, pork and beans."
Beef slices with sauce
Salmon fillet, cooked in a flaky pastry and its shrimp velouté sauce

*Maple syrup pie
Homemade sherbet
Chocolate and hazelnut cake

*Tae, coffee.


 THIRD DAY - March 21 - Wednesday

7:00 am
- Breakfast at the Hotel Clarendon

8:00 am - Load the bus

9:00 am - Tour of La Citadelle A one-hour guided tour relates the British and American attacks, the construction of the fortifications and the use of the buildings of La Citadelle.

10:30 am
- boat across St. Lawrence

11:00 or 11:30 meet bus at terminal -

6:30 pm- Boat home

 Maple Sugaring - Alissa
Before the Europeans came to Canada the Indians learned to make maple syrup. They did it by tapping the trees. They made bowls out of bark for the sap to fall into. You need forty cups of sap to make a cup of maple syrup. You collect sap in the Springtime. In the 17th and 18th century syrup was a way to have high quality sugar.
The French learned how to make the syrup from the Indians. There are many sugar shacks to visit where they make maple sugar and provide dancing and music.




 La Citadelle - Josh
The Citadelle was built in 1820. It took the builders 30 years to complete it. It is a star shaped plan. the militaries tradition is maintained by the beating of retreat and the changing of the guard in the summertime. It was designed according to an engineer named vauban and built under the supervision of Lieutenant Colonel Eliasa Walker Durnford. the Citadelle is on top of the cap Diamond (a hill.) It is 320 ft above the St. Lawrence River.
 St. Lawrence River - Conrad
It was Jacque Cartier who sailed the second voyage to America the Western historians attribute the rivers official discovery. The establishment of the fur trade marked a turning point in to North America. The French advanced deeper and deeper into the Laurentian Valley in search of new trading grounds. In fact it is very large due to the big river that Quebec has played many strategic roles across the centuries. The St. Lawrence river was very important. It is one of the most important rivers in North America. The river is 1000 kilometers long.





     Boat to Levis where we met the bus
   Going through Customs at the Border - US official checking our purchases to see if we were legal.