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Hosted By: Karen Foss
Retired 5 On Your Side Evening Anchor
Witness the best of Eastern Canada while exploring Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia, including a phenomenal overnight rail journey. Enjoy a guided tour of Montreal, complete with our all-you-can-eat welcome dinner at an authentic maple syrup sugar shack, before heading to Quebec City. Here, the UNESCO World Heritage Site will transport you to Europe with rich French culture and cobblestone streets. Travel overnight in first-class Sleeper Plus cars aboard VIA Rail’s The Ocean train to Prince Edward Island, where we visit Green Gables Heritage Place, and attend a stage performance at the Confederation Center of the Arts. Ride along The Cabot Trail, one of North America’s most scenic drives, and tour Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. Explore Peggy’s Cove, a fishing village known for its iconic lighthouses and Atlantic Coast views.
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August 1st, 2024 - August 11th, 2024
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Final Payment Date: 05/18/2024
Day 1 : Fly to Montreal
We begin our tour of Canada with a relaxing flight to Montreal.
Day 2 : Montreal
Kick off our Canadian getaway with a Montreal city tour led by a professional local guide. A major highlight will be visiting the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, where its vibrantly-colored interior is widely recognized as an architectural masterpiece. Enjoy lunch and free time in historic Old Montreal. We then travel by motorcoach to Quebec City for a two-night stay. We stop at Érablière le Chemin du Roy, an authentic maple syrup sugar shack from the 1920s. Learn about maple syrup production and enjoy an all-you-can-eat Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner with a sweet maple treat for dessert.
Day 3 : Quebec City
Our day begins with a guided stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Quebec's Historic District. Here, it feels like we are transported to Europe complete with fortified walls, cobblestone paths, and French culture. Lunch is served at the prominent Fairmont Le Château Frontenac overlooking the St. Lawrence River. We have the afternoon and evening at leisure to explore this delightful city.
Day 4 : Montmorency Waterfall
The morning is free to relax in Quebec City. We visit the impressive Montmorency Waterfall. At 272 feet it is almost 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls. An aerial tram transports us to the top where we may cross a suspension bridge over the falls before enjoying a delicious lunch at Manoir Montmorency. We gather in the afternoon to learn about copper art and browse Albert Gilles’ masterpieces at the Copper Art Studio & Museum, then get creative at the studio workshop as we make our own copper artwork to take home. Next, we visit Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, a popular pilgrimage site dedicated to the grandmother of Jesus. Later, we board VIA Rail’s The Ocean passenger train and experience the thrill of rail travel as we continue our journey east. Enjoy top service and private accommodations as first-class passengers in Sleeper Plus cars.
Day 5 : VIA Rail
Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the dining car as we roll by the beautiful landscapes of New Brunswick. We disembark in Moncton, then travel by motorcoach to Prince Edward Island. We cross Confederation Bridge, which spans eight miles over the Northumberland Strait and is part of the Trans-Canada Highway. We arrive in Charlottetown and settle into our comfortable accommodations for two nights.
Day 6 : Prince Edward Island
We begin the day exploring scenic Prince Edward Island, including a visit to Green Gables Heritage Place, the 19th-century farm that was the setting to Anne of Green Gables. Take in stunning views of red sandstone cliffs and picturesque beaches at Prince Edward Island National Park before returning to Charlottetown for time at leisure. Tonight, we enjoy a spectacular performance at the Confederation Center of the Arts.
Day 7 : Cape Breton Island
This morning we depart Prince Edward Island by ferry to Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. Tour through the life of Baddeck's most famous resident at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. The exhibits showcase Bell’s many accomplishments and inventions, including the telephone. Later, we check in to our Baddeck accommodations for two nights.
Day 8 : The Cabot Trail
Today we travel along one of North America’s most scenic roadways, The Cabot Trail. On the way we pass through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where unspoiled natural beauty sets the stage for dramatic landscapes and incredible coastal vistas. As we cruise the trail, we make a rest stop at the Les Trois Pignons Cultural Centre, Museum & Gallery, to learn about the area's Acadian history and rug hooking traditions. After lunch, we visit The Gaelic College to experience the island’s Gaelic history.
Day 9 : Halifax
Enjoy an included breakfast at our hotel before departing Cape Breton Island and returning to mainland Nova Scotia. On our way to Halifax we tour the Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre to learn about the First Nations people, indigenous to Canada’s maritime provinces. We arrive in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, and check in to our hotel for two relaxing nights.
Day 10 : Peggy’s Cove
We embark on a tour of Halifax with a local guide. Major highlights include the Halifax Citadel, a former military fortification with a distinctive star shape. After leisure time along Halifax's waterfront, we travel to Peggy’s Cove, a quaint fishing community famous for its iconic lighthouse and views of the Atlantic Coast. We visit Peggy’s Point Lighthouse and celebrate our vacation in Eastern Canada with a delicious farewell lobster dinner at nearby Sou’Wester restaurant.
Day 11 : Fly Home
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For more than 27 years Karen Foss was a familiar face to St. Louisans as evening news anchor for 5 On Your Side.
During those years she also served the community in numerous volunteer roles focusing on young people and people with disabilities. Her work brought her professional and community awards including six regional Emmys, Media Person of the Year, and The Silver Circle of Missouri Broadcasters.
Now retired and living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Karen is writing and painting. She is married and is the mother of two adult children and grandmother to three.
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