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Walled City, Mountains in the Fall and much more!
Québec City was founded by the French explorer Champlain in the early 17th century. It is the only North American city to have preserved its ramparts, together with the numerous bastions, gates and defensive works which still surround Old Québec. The Upper Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative centre, with its churches, convents and other monuments like the Dauphine Redoubt, the Citadel and Château Frontenac. Together with the Lower Town and its ancient districts, it forms an urban ensemble which is one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city. North of the City there is much to explore, from the vineyards on Ile d'Orléans, Montmorency Falls, Ste-Anne Canyon, and up to La Malbaie where the oldest mountains on earth meet the majestic Gulf of St-Lawrence.
Our Mentor Reed Hoffmann
All through the trek we will receive instruction from Reed. He will be available to provide guidance, should you need it. We will have formal review sessions and a final slide show. Reed’s career has spanned more than 30 years, beginning with jobs at newspapers in the Midwest, South and East. Reed now divides his time between shooting and teaching photography. Corporate clients have included USA Today, The New York Times, The Associated Press, NBC, Reuters, Nikon, Lexar, Lowepro, Eco-Challenge. Reed began teaching in the ’90s with a class on photojournalism at Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2002 Reed began teaching the Nikon School of Photography, creating the programs, teaching and managing the other teachers. Every year Reed leads a number of hands-on photo workshops, ranging from weekend treks in the U.S. to two-week trips abroad. His goal is to help people at all levels improve their technical and creative abilities with cameras and computers, and have fun while doing that. Reed won the National Press Photographer’s Association Photographer of the Year honors for the Eastern region twice. And in the last few years he has received several industry honors, being named a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, a Lexar Pro Elite photographer and a Microsoft Icon of Imaging. You can find more information on Reed and his work at http://reedhoffmann.com/about/
I have personally scouted these locations and I trust I will be able to provide you with a unique experience. Our mentor Reed also has visited the region before: you can see some of his photos at http://reedhoffmann.com/2015Quebec/index.html.
We will begin our trek in the Old City, discovering the ramparts, the unique sights provided from the height of Cap Diamant, overlooking the St-Lawrence and Lower Town. In many respects Old Quebec is similar to old French cities like St-Malo, so you get a taste of the old country right here in North America. We will discover some of the architectural uniqueness of the old city, enjoy buskers, taste the local food (poutine was invented close by!).
We will make our way to the mountains. The Jacques-Cartier Provincial Park offers many unique vistas, with a river valley more than 600 meters deep (about 1900 feet). Who knows, maybe the fall colors will show themselves. We will explore Ile d'Orléans and visit a vineyard, quite possibly during harvest. We will stop at the Montmorency Falls (higher than Niagara Falls). We will also stop at the Ste-Anne Canyon. At our final destination of La Malbaie, we will stay at the Fairmount Hotel right on the Gulf of St-Lawrence. Close by we will find many points of interest that we will explore, such as a traditional hand-made paper mill, a maritime museum, a functional flour mill, an alpaca farm. We will also visit the village of Baie St-Paul.
We reserve the right to adjust the schedule daily due to weather, availability or other reasons out of our control. Activities listed below are in the proposed sequence.
Day 1: Tuesday October 2
Arrive in Quebec City (airport code YQB) at your own leisure.
In the evening (7:30 PM), meet your group and your mentor; workshop introduction.
Stay at Le Bonne Entente
Day 2: Wednesday October 3
Discover Quebec City, its unique architecture, the ramparts
Walk in Old Quebec around the Citadel
Walk by Porte Saint-Jean
Le Petit Champlain
Lunch in Old Quebec
In and around the Chateau Frontenac
Night shoot, Porte Saint Jean
Stay at Le Bonne Entente
Day 3: Thursday October 4
The mountains in the Fall
First review session with Reed
Spend the day at Parc de la Jacques Cartier (a national park with breath-taking vistas)
Return to Basse-Ville
Take the ferry to Lévis for a sunset shoot
Return for group dinner, le Laurie Raphaelle (included)
Night shoot; silos at Bassin Louise
Stay at Le Bonne Entente
Day 4: Friday October 5
Unique sights going North to La Malbaie
Breakfast at the hotel
Leave for Chutes Montmorency (a waterfall higher than Niagara Falls)
Vignoble Sainte-Pétronille (a winery where we will have lunch, sample their products, photo op, and shoot the harvest if we are lucky)
View of Québec City from Sainte-Pétronille
Canyon Sainte-Anne (a spectacular canyon)
Review Session with Reed
Stay at Le Fairmount Chateau Richelieu
Day 5: Saturday October 6
Unique features of Charlevoix
Sunrise from the hotel
Drive to St-Joseph de la Rive
Papeterie Saint-Gilles (photograph the hand-made paper making process)
Musée Maritime de Charlevoix (as maritime museum with interesting
Lunch and walk in Baie St-Paul
Moulin seigneurial des Éboulements
Milky Way shoot (it will be south, at about 190 degrees, and there is little light pollution in the region).
Stay at the Fairmount Chateau Richelieu
Sunday October 7
Breakfast at hotel
Final slide show
Drop-off at Quebec airport (around noon)
Join Reed Hoffmann in Quebec City & Charlevoix, October 2-7 2018
New revised price of CAD$4,450 (approximately US$3,560 at publishing time). This includes hotels, local transportation, instruction, 2 group dinners, entry fees to all locations.
The price excludes your flights and/or transport to Quebec City, as well as your transfer from the airport to the hotel in Quebec. It excludes all meals (except where otherwise noted), any hotel incidentals, all insurances including cancellation and health insurance.
The trek is offered to a minimum of 4 paid participants. We will not accept more than 12 participants. A deposit of CAD$500 is required to hold your spot. Final payment is due by July 15, 2018. An invoice will be sent once your purchase is received, and will include instructions on how to pay the deposit and the balance due with PayPal.
By paying the required deposit, you hereby agree to our terms and conditions.