Winter is a beautiful time to visit the Canadian province of Quebec. It’s two premier cities sparkle with snow that blankets the facades of 18th-century buildings lining the streets of Old Town Montreal and Quebec City. The Quebecois find this darker time of year to evoke light in all who choose to find it, fully embracing their “joie de vivre!” or “zest for life.” From crackling fireplaces to sugar shacks pumping sweet smells into the frosty air, all of your senses will awaken as you explore this charming piece of French-infused Canada. Whether you’re turning up the adrenaline on a toboggan down the side of a snowy hillside or indulging in a warm croissant inside a cozy cafe; you’re sure to be smiling.
Note: This trip has been postponed for 2020 due to the border closures but will be available for December 2021.
During this program, you will:
- Go snow tubing at Eastern Canada’s premier resort
- Explore the quaint Old Town’s of two of Quebec’s prime cities
- Take in a birdseye view of Montreal from the top of Mont-Royal
- See what it would be like staying in a hotel completely made out of ice
- Snowshoe through the remote parts of Quebec
- Indulge in an indigenous treat of Canada: maple candy!
- Try your hand at guiding a dog sled
- Practice your French while ordering a warm croissant or crepe
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN MONTREAL
DAYS 2-4: MONTREAL
Our Quebec winter adventure begins in the largest city in the province: Montreal! Here we’ll walk to the top of Mont-Royal, a hill just outside downtown, to see Montreal in all of her glory. We’ll tour the Old Town to see a slice of European architecture and duck into cozy cafes for a cup of steaming hot chocolate. We’ll take a day trip to Mt. Tremblant where the possibilities for adrenaline are endless! Snow tube, dog sled, or even lead your own horse sleigh on the trails in the park. If snow-themed action adventures aren’t your thing, you’ll be dazzled by the shops and cafes found in the mountain town’s village. Back in Montreal, we’ll visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the BioDome which is home to replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas.
DAYS 4-7: QUEBEC
We’ll head north from Montreal to Quebec’s capital city aptly named: Quebec City! We’ll walk the beautiful streets to see some of the city’s famous sites including the most photographed hotel in the world, the Frontenac! Out in the countryside, we’ll have a chance to go dogsledding or snowshoeing to enjoy the great outdoors in winter! We’ll pay a visit to a Sugar Shack to have an authentic French Canadian cabane à sucre, and check out a Hotel de Glace, a hotel made completely out of ice!
DAY 8: DEPART FROM QUEBEC CITY
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of teen typically participates in this program? What are the requirements to join?
Teens from all over the world join this program! Typically, our participants are culturally curious individuals who are excited to make new friends, experience something unique, and interested in stepping out of their comfort zones and expanding their horizons.
This program is exclusively for students who are currently in grades 9th through 12th and approximately 14 to 18 years old. Students living outside of the USA are welcome to join!
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are chosen specifically in safe areas and are well suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. We do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities; we prefer to select smaller, family-run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
Do most travelers go on their own?
Yes! In fact, over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that form along the way. When we travel by ourselves, we are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new friends on another TFT program the next summer!
If you are thinking about joining a TFT program by yourself but you are feeling unsure, please let us know! We have plenty of references from solo travelers who had great experiences and would be happy to chat with you about it.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We ask that if you do come with a friend, you and your friend(s) maintain openness to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.
What do students like most about this program?
Students love getting to experience Canada in the wintertime to enjoy all the snowy activities and maple delights!
What is included?
Tuition cost includes ground transportation; accommodation; chaperones and guides; program-related activities and admissions; taxes and tips; all breakfasts and dinners.
Not included in cost (this is not intended to be an exhaustive list): airfare; lunches; visas and visa application fees; personal and medical expenses; activities and admissions that are not program-related or referenced in the itinerary; beverages other than filtered water at meals; participant expenses that are outside of the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels; expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters.
What is the average group size?
We pride ourselves on small group sizes to create a more authentic and personalized experience. Our group sizes fall between 14 and 21 students – the perfect size to facilitate new friendships without feeling lost in a crowd! We believe smaller groups eliminate the likelihood of cliques, and allows for a well-rounded, healthy group dynamic.
How do the optional group flights work?
Upon registration, you will be contacted by our International Logistics Team to discuss the program’s flight details. There is no requirement to take the group flight, but there are several advantages to doing so. The group flight is usually chaperoned by a TFT staff member, and it also offers an opportunity for the students to get to know one another prior to the start of the program. Parents are responsible for coordinating transport to the departure airport – however, the logistics team will send out instructions detailing the exact meeting spot and airport point person. For additional information about flights, visit our dedicated flight page.
How does this program connect to other programs?
Our program dates are designed specifically so that participants can opt to combine trips throughout the summer. When connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the program and assist you in meeting your next group at your new destination.
Families who sign up for more than one program will also receive a 15% discount on the lesser-priced program.
Who leads the program?
Our staff is a cut above the rest! We seek out two main characteristics in our counselors – extensive knowledge of and experience in our destinations, and a passion for working with teens. Our staff’s backgrounds include living abroad and working in summer camps or other educational settings. Team members are proven leaders and role models, who connect easily with others and form genuine friendships with each student – all while bringing each destination to life.
We celebrate diversity! Our staff represents 49 different nationalities, speak a combined total of 21 languages, and visited 142 countries. Additionally, 80% of our staff lived or worked abroad in their lives. With so many unique experiences to share, you are sure to gain a global perspective.
Our average minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Each program has one Trip Director with several support staff, depending on the group size. Directors must be at least 25 years old and have prior experience working with TFT.
What are the safety qualifications for our staff?
Our staff members undergo a rigorous hiring process. They receive the same background check as school educators, an extensive training process to go over all safety precautions and protocols, and are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid. We exclusively hire responsible, multi-talented individuals who are safety-minded and are as passionate about teen travel as we are.
What is the food like on this program?
In a word – delicious! At TFT, we believe food should be an integral part of the travel experience and always make an effort to eat at authentic establishments when we can. What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of a place than by sampling the local delicacies, and we encourage students to do so whenever possible! Just as we stay away from hotel chains, we try to avoid restaurants with menus that cater only to tourists because every good traveler knows the best food is found wherever the locals are eating!
The food in Quebec is strongly influenced by French culture. You can expect to try fresh croissants, crepes, and plenty of maple delights!
Of course, we are always willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.
Do we ever get time to go off on our own?
Our staff and teens are nearly always together, but we do provide the opportunity to break up into smaller groups to allow for flexibility and customization within the itinerary.
We offer free time in defined safe areas – for example, shopping in a market or exploring a museum. During these times, students remain in groups of at least two and are given no more than an hour. Of course, the counselors remain nearby and available. Additionally, a lifeguard-certified counselor supervises the campers any time they are involved in water activities.
Do I need any vaccinations for this program?
We recommend checking with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the destination you are visiting. For more information, please check the World Health Organization’s website. Upon registration, we provide a list of recommended vaccinations that can be discussed further with your doctor.
What kind of visa do you need for this trip?
US citizens need a passport to enter Canada.
When joining a TFT trip from outside of the US, please be sure to check your country’s specific visa requirements.