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Photo of house in front of a river with view of Quebec in background 

Announcing our French-Canadian Heritage tour 2017 to Quebec City

Which includes the following

July 21 – August 4 Round trip from Grand Forks, North Dakota to Quebec City, Quebec

Highlights of this unique tour include nearly 3 days living two blocks from the walled entrance to Old Quebec City, a world heritage UNESCO site, touring Quebec and the region with “Friends of The IfMidwest – UND French-Canadian Heritage Tour” (including historians, genealogists, authors, professors, diplomats) a visit of Sainte- Anne- de- Beaupré, the second oldest pilgrimage site in North America, on Sunday July 30th, followed by the traditional visit and lunch, as though it were spring in the Laurentian Mountains, to a Quebec Sugar Cabin (Cabane à sucre) on the Ile d’Orléans where farm stands and strawberry fields are renown. This will be followed by an evening and supper at the Huron village, the home of the Wendat Indians near Quebec City where you will exchange ideas with officials of the tribe about Canadian First Nations, French, French-Canadian and Canadian relations throughout our shared history.  Or, imagine our bus tour of Montreal after you have settled into your room located in Old Montreal, less than a block away from the historic Notre Dame Basilica, one of the crown jewels in Quebec’s rich religious heritage. Our stay in Montreal will be followed by two days in Trois-Rivières with local guides, historians and members of the genealogical society of Trois-Rivières, plus local visits. And there will be Ottawa where you stay by the capital in the down town area, excellent for short walks as you wish, or an evening meal. Plus the town of Sudbury located in the heart of the Canadian Shield. Later, on our way home you experience a unique opportunity to travel by ferry to Mackinac Island from Saint Ignace, Michigan, and visit the Island by horse drawn carriage as no motorized vehicles are permitted here for visitor or local travel.

This is a tour offering firsthand experience of roadways through forests, along the Great Lakes, across the astonishing Canadian Shield, along the Mattawa waterway east from Ottawa, the Canadian capital City, over to Montreal, rated as one the world’s most interesting cities for travel and diversity, then further east to the region of Trois-Rivières that supplied North America with its famous class of voyageurs and unique French-Canadian settlers who came to the Middle West in the 1800s. From Trois-Rivières we travel along the Saint Lawrence Seaway to Quebec City via the picturesque King’s Highway. Your tour takes you then to the shore of Lévis across from Old Quebec City where you board a ferry to cross the Saint Lawrence to arrive at the feet of your tour’s final destination, Quebec City. As you board the ferry you will meet Quebec hosts who will accompany you to a favorite café or just walk with you among the wonders of historical Old Quebec. This will be your unique introduction to historic, and world-renown Old Québec City as you prepare for two more days in the region of Quebec City bordered to the north by the Laurentian Mountains and to the south by the Appalachants.

This special heritage tour, in collaboration with “Friends of The IfMidwest – UND French-Canadian Tour” is designed to help you experience firsthand the beauty of North American, the personalities along the way, and the homeland of Quebecers, a land quite unexpected for its language, history, traditions, and resilience, a land of unique architecture, monuments, cafés, cities, farmland and homes, reflecting a history and spirit to make you wonder why you waited so long.

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The French-Canadian Heritage Tour includes the following

  • Full transportation round trip by coach bus along some of the most scenic roads of Canada and the US, a professor of French-Canadian studies on board as principal guide and tour organizer,
  • All rooms at double occupancy at hotels in excellent locations throughout the trip with valet service for baggage,
  • Eleven breakfasts, plus five noon lunches and five evening dinners with receptions and programs

The only costs you have on tour are 4 breakfasts, 10 noon lunches, and 9 suppers which you may choose to enjoy on your own or with friends of the tour. The tour fee covers all major evening dinners with receptions and all meetings organized with Friends of the Tour. The meals you pay for are just regular meals you may choose to organize as you wish. You are expected, however, to have personal insurance. Travelers are not covered for personal accidents, sickness, or loss of personal items en route.

Registration Information

Persons interested should contact Virgil Benoit (tel: 701 777-4659) or,

To reserve a place contact Virgil at your earliest convenience.

Cost Of Tour

Total fee per person is $ 2,700.

A deposit of $800 should be sent in by December 1, 2016.

A final payment of $1 900 is due by May 15th

We have sufficient enrollment in the summer French-Canadian Heritage tour to now announce that the tour will take place AND that we are leaving enrollment open until May 15, 2017 ,or, until the last open places on the tour is taken.

All checks should be made out to: IFMidwest – UND and sent to:

IFMidwest – UND Languages Stop 8198 University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202 USA

Deposits will be refunded in their entirety if cancellation occurs due to either individual participant or tour program reasons.

Given the quality of this tour, out-of-school individuals or students are encouraged to inquire about university credit and tuition costs for student credit, or teacher service credit.

Commonly Asked Questions?

Q: Will the bus that we are traveling on be equipped with a toilet?


A: Yes, we are traveling by tour bus.


Q: How much more than the current fee of $2,700 will I pay if I chose to have a single room as opposed to the double occupancy?


A: $1,050 additional USD


Q: What is the approximate distances traveled each day?


A: Day 1 Fri July. 21. Grand Forks, ND – Duluth, MN (265 miles)

Day 2 Sat July. 22. Duluth, MN - Marquette, MI (253 miles)

Day 3 Sun July. 23. Marquette, MI - Sudbury, Ontario (361 miles)

Day 4 Mon July. 24. Sudbury, Ontario to Ottawa, Ontario (299 miles)

Day 5 Tues July. 25. Ottawa, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec (123 miles)

Day 6 Wed July. 26. Montreal, Quebec to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (approx.125 miles)

Day 7 Thurs July. 27. Trois-Rivières, Quebec (Local travel only) (150 miles local travel)

Day 8 Fri July. 28. Trois-Rivieres, Quebec to Quebec City, Quebec (80 miles)

Day 9 Sat July. 29. Quebec City (Local travel 250 miles)

Day 10 Sun July. 30. Quebec City (approx.. 150 miles local travel)

Day 11 Mon July. 31. Quebec City to Ottawa, Quebec (257 miles)

Day 12 Tues Aug. 1. Ottawa, Quebec to Sudbury, Ontario (300 miles)

Day 13 Wed Aug. 2. Sudbury, Ontario - Saint Ignace, MI (247 miles)

Day 14 Thur Aug. 3. Saint Ignace, MI - Duluth, MN (410 miles)

Day 15 Fri Aug. 4. Duluth, MN - Grand Forks, ND (265 miles)