From DEAN LISK – Special to The Star – Learn about traditional French-Canadian and Indigenous cultures while Wheels takes a road trip through the province learning more about the people, culture and history of Ontario’s eastern neighbour. We’re leaving for the provincial capital, where you can stand in a place that hasn’t changed in hundreds of years. As you see below this capital can spread like any other major Canadian city. So, what to do in Quebec City and the Eastern Townships? – #1) Breakfast at the Grand Hotel Sherbrooke. Follow the Chemins des Cantons, the heritage route to the town of Eaton Corner. #2) Head for Lennoxville and Brûlerie Faro for coffee. Then keep driving to Cookshire-Eaton, named after John Cook, a Loyalist who settled the area in 1795, home to the first school built in The Eastern Townships. Afternoon – #3) After lunch follow roads and go for routes 116 and 162 to Autoroute 29 – The Trans-Canada Highway, go northeast to Quebec City, about a 2-hour drive.
Enjoy dinner at The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. It’s a very photographic building, home to Sam Bistro – and the Champlain Restaurant. Next morning in Quebec City – #4) continental style breakfast at des Augustines. Be sure to visit the museum which chronicles the story of the Augustinian Sisters; #5) – In the afternoon go to the lower section of the Old City for lunch at Le Don, fully vegan; take a short walk to where you can take in the Hôtel – Musée Premières Nations (the People of Quebec), with more than 375 artifacts & documents, plus insight into cultures of the province – recounting the history of the Huron-Wendat people. Millions of Canadians and Americans can trace family histories of the early settlers of New France, so they can trace their Family Trees. Vieux-Quebec is a perfect place to begin searching.