Quebec City Adventures with Troop 279!
We are super excited to share the amazing adventures of Cadette Troop 279 from Exeter-West Greenwich who journeyed to Quebec City for few days this past June. A heartfelt Girl Scout thanks to Jennifer Spira, Troop Leader of #279, for submitting this wonderful write-up below and submitting some beautiful pictures from their trip!
We had a fabulous few days in Quebec City in late June, just a few days after the school year wrapped up! The girls voted in fall 2016 that they'd like to venture further afield after several weekends away at Camp Rocky Farm and in Boston, and they settled on Quebec City. Quebec is a great place to get the feel of Europe without the expense of flying overseas. This trip cost the girls nothing at all, thanks to cookie sales!
Our group - 8 scouts, 7 parents and 2 little brothers - drove north through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont to reach the Quebec Province on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We felt the warmth of bienvenue (welcome) everywhere we went: our hostel, assorted shops, cafes and historic sites. We stayed within Vieux Quebec (Old Quebec), the only walled city within North America. There is no end to its charm: horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, old homes with colorful front doors and windowboxes, impressive statues, and an abundance of excellent street performers. The city is the safest one in Canada, so we comfortably stayed out late to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the cafes that line the sidewalks. Some of the foods we enjoyed: maple taffy, crepes, poutine, and some of the best ice cream and chocolate we've ever had!
In addition to charm, there's no shortage of history. Our hostel arranged an inexpensive but informative 2-hour walking tour with our host, Jean Marc, who was an 11th generation Quebecois. With his guidance we visited the Parliament building, the Citadel, Terrasse Dufferin, both Upper Town and Lower Town, and learned some fabulous (and fun) stories about Old Quebec. On our own we returned to the Citadel for the Changing of the Guard ceremony and a tour of the fortress, which also serves as a museum and home to the active Royal 22nd Regiment. We also posed by the US Embassy, explored the famous Chateau Frontenac hotel, rode the Funiculaire, saw Montmorency Falls, learned about Canadian currency, and dug in the ruins of an old fort and governor's mansion. It was a very full two days!
One of the highlights for everyone was the lovely hostel we stayed in, which had bunk rooms for the girls and private rooms with baths for the adults in tow. At breakfast we chatted with travelers from Australia and Germany, and marveled at how many countries were represented by the hostel guests - too many to mention! Throughout our whole stay, we were blessed by the bilingual nature of the city - there was little to no language barrier, and nearly everything we encountered was in both French and English.
"The trip was amazing - we highly recommend Quebec City to other troops who are looking to build their courage by venturing to new places!" - Jennifer Spira, Troop Leader #279