After breakfast we gathered for a talk focusing on Canadan history through the lens of diverse peoples, each region with their own unique history, and the importance of the transcontinental railroad which linked the political and economic development of Canada as a nation. This excellent overview gave us background for the learning over the next eleven days. Next was an architectural walking tour of Old Montreal over cobbled streets with stops at the Notre Dame Basilica, Place d'Armes, Place Jacques Cartier and lots of historical information along the way. After a huge lunch we had "free time" so we headed to the Chateau Ramezay, the 18th century home of the first governor. The museum artifacts and multimedia exhibits showed how Montreal and the building changed over time, who lived there, and introduced historical figures from various eras. Dinner was at a local bistro tonight.