Excursion to Montérégie

11 July 2015, 8 am to 7 pm, $90 CAD per person (plus tax)

Visit the beautiful Montérégie region by bus. The departure is planned for 8 am from the Sandman Hotel in Longueuil. Participants are asked to gather 10 minutes ahead of time in order to avoid delays. The excursion will end at the point of departure at the end of the day, around 7 pm. It will include the following activities:

Tour of the Fine Arts Museum of Mont-Saint-Hilaire and of Painters’ Houses

The day will begin with a guided tour of the house of Paul-Émile Borduas, today an interpretation centre devoted to the works of the artist and classed as a cultural heritage site by the Commission des biens culturels du Québec. A visit to the Fine Arts Museum of Mont-Saint-Hilaire will follow, featuring the exhibition Red Carpet: 20 Years of Collecting, which includes the work of Jean Letarte (a student of Borduas), Jean Dallaire, Jean-Paul Lemieux, and Jacques de Tonnancour. Afterwards there will be a tour inside and outside the two houses (birthplace and family dwelling) of the artist Ozias Leduc.

Lunch at the Microbrewery Fourquet Fourchette

Situated on the shore of Chambly Lake in an old building dating back to 1920, and located just beside Fort Chambly, the restaurant Fourquet Fourchette is furnished in a rustic style steeped in Quebec history and brewing culture. Its bay windows offer a unique and spectacular view of the lake and the fort.

  • Appetizer: Summer greens, signature foie de volaille with onion reduction
  • Entrée: Beer-braised pulled pork sandwich, pickle, spicy mayo and bacon or salmon fillet served with wild rice and vegetables in season
  • Seasonal Dessert
  • Beverage: Beer (a glass), coffee, tea or infusion

Tour of Fort Chambly

The original Fort Chambly was erected in 1665 by the Carignan-Salières Regiment. Two other wooden forts succeeded it before the fourth, in stone, was built; this last is the one that presides over the Richelieu River today. The principal architectural elements of the fort have been preserved. The tour will retrace the vicissitudes of colonization and Canadian military history. Following it there will be a demonstration of military dress and a firing of the musketry.

Cider Tasting at Domaine Cartier-Potelle

The visit will commence with a guided tour of Domaine Cartier-Potelle and then proceed to the sampling of four different varieties of cider, accompanied by cheeses and fine chocolates. Participants will receive a silk-screened Cartier-Potelle glass as keepsake.