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Immerse yourself in Québec’s rich history, from indigenous cultures to today’s small-scale agriculture.

Aug. 4-14, 2020

Montréal and Québec City are hubs for sustainable agriculture. Through on-site visits, we will learn about the approach to agriculture used in this northern climate and will explore the food distribution networks that support it. Key to understanding the vibrancy of the foodie culture in Québec is understanding the historic attitudes toward the land, including indigenous land use, the fur trade, the unique settlement patterns of the French, and their comparatively friendly relations with First Nations people.

You will have the unique opportunity to visit a First Nations reserve and to sleep one night in a long house (optional).

Site visits include:

  • The historic Marché Bonsecours public market in Montréal
  • Plaines d’Abraham, a former battlefield that is now a public park
  • Montréal Biosphere, designed by Buckminster Fuller
  • Jacques-Cartier National Park

Students will be required to enroll in GIST 101 (1 credit).

2020 Deadlines:

March 1 – Application deadline and first payment due $1,200
May 1 – Balance payment due $1,200 

Canada: People's Tour of Québec Application Form (PDF)


$2,400 per person, double occupancy

Cost includes:

  • Airfare
  • Hotels
  • All breakfasts and some meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Site admissions and local guide fees

Not included in cost:

  • Some meals
  • Personal spending
  • Passport fee if you do not already have one
  • Tuition for GIST 101 (1 credit hour)

Degree-seeking student? Apply for a Study Abroad scholarship of up to $500.

Contact International Education:

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Stu Shafer
Professor, Sustainable Agriculture
Stu Shafer's email

Doug Harvey
Adjunct Professor, History
Doug Harvey's email


  • Meet at JCCC campus and travel together to Kansas City International Airport
  • Arrive in Montréal
  • Take an evening walking tour of the Old City
  • Morning – Take the Metro Underground to Mount Royal Park and Bus 11 to Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal; return to Old City
  • Afternoon – Tour the Pointe-à-Callière Museum and walk up Saint-Laurent Boulevard to Rue Sainte-Catherine through Chinatown and other ethnic neighborhoods
  • Dinner on your own
  • Breakfast gathering at hotel
  • Morning – Walk to Centre d'histoire de Montréal, Notre-Dame Basilica, Marché Bonsecours area and the Château Ramezay
  • Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon – Meet at Place d’Armes Station and take the Metro to Mile End neighborhood for a food walking tour with samples from local cafés
  • Breakfast gathering at hotel
  • Bus to farm
  • Breakfast gathering at hotel
  • Morning – Take the ferry to Expo 67, Montréal Biosphere, Habitat 67
  • Lunch on your own
  • Free afternoon to explore the city
  • Evening – Gather at hotel to process Montréal
  • Breakfast gathering at hotel
  • Check out of hotel and walk to Gare Centrale
  • Take train to Québec City
  • Check into Hôtel Manoir Victoria
  • Take a walking tour of the Old City
  • Breakfast gathering at hotel
  • Morning – Tour Museum of Civilization, go sightseeing in Lower City and waterfront, then take the Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec to Upper City (optional) and sightseeing at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac area
  • Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon – Meet-up at Cap Diamant (Upper City) for history lecture and sightseeing, including
  • Plaines d’Abraham
  • Evening – Enjoy a six-course dinner at Le Monastère des Augustines (included in trip fee)
  • Breakfast gathering at hotel
  • Morning – Visit Immersion Québec Museum and take a walking tour of Parliament Hill
  • Afternoon – Optional trip by taxi to Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec and Avenue Cartier for dinner, and return to the hotel either by taxi or walking through the Old City
  • Breakfast gathering at hotel
  • Take the Quatre Natures bus to Jacques-Cartier National Park and return late afternoon
  • Dinner on your own
  • Breakfast gathering at hotel
  • Check out of hotel
  • Take taxi to Wendake First Nations Reserve and spend the day at the reservation, visiting the museum and falls, with the chance to sleep in a Wendat longhouse (optional)
  • Travel from Québec City to Kansas City International Airport
  • Compulsory transport to JCCC