Pre-Convention Tours


Pre-Convention Voyageur Tours

Our pre-convention Voyageur Tours will take participants from Canada’s original capital city situated at the northeastern tip of Lake Ontario in Kingston. The tours will leave early on Monday morning, July 10th, and travel along scenic and historic country roads towards Ottawa, our national capital. There will be much to see and do in Ottawa and elsewhere, as guests visit museums, historic sites, quaint towns and other locales and stop to experience local cuisine and lodgings for two nights along the way. Tour members will also enjoy the friendship and camaraderie that are hallmarks of Alfa Romeo owners everywhere as the tours continue their meandering course towards the convention hotel, just west of Montréal for arrival on Wednesday afternoon, July 12th.

There will be two more or less parallel versions of the tour. Both will depart from the same hotel in Kingston, Ontario; both will stay at the same hotel in Gatineau and share most of the evening meals and events; both will arrive at the convention in Montréal at about the same time. The Bytown Tour, named after the original name of the city of Ottawa, will focus on things in the national capital and on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. The Jos Montferrand Tour, named after a famous Québecois voyageur, logger and strong man, will focus on things on the Québec side of the Ottawa River.

The historic Bytown Museum at the lower locks of the Rideau Canal.

The Bytown Tour

  • Day 1
    • Departure from Kingston Monday morning. Follow the Rideau Heritage route with lunch in Merrickville.
    • Arrival in Gatineau late afternoon. Check-in at hotel.
    • Meet & Greet with the Jos Montferrand Tour, ARCO and ICCO and free time.
  • Day 2
    • Discover beautiful Ottawa, Canada’s National Capital.
    • A countryside BBQ dinner will be hosted by ARCO.
  • Day 3
    • Drive through the Eastern Ontario scenic route with a stopover in Vankleek Hill for lunch and vist at Beau’s brewery.
    • We will then head towards Montreal via back roads on the South Shore of the Ottawa River.
    • Arrival in Montréal late afternoon.

A Canadian commemorative postage stamp was issued to celebrate the legendary Jos Montferrand.

The Jos Montferrand Tour – Sorry – Sold Out!

  • Day 1
    • Departure from Kingston Monday morning. Follow the Rideau Heritage route with lunch in Westport.
    • Arrival in Gatineau late afternoon. Check-in at hotel.
    • Meet & Greet with the Bytown Tour, ARCO and ICCO and free time.
  • Day 2
    • Discover local attractions on the Quebec side of Canada’s National Capital Region including the beautiful Gatineau Hills.
    • A countryside BBQ dinner will be hosted by ARCO.
  • Day 3
    • A scenic drive through the Gatineau Hills with a quick stop for espresso and pastries at ARCO President Marc Faubert’s residence in scenic Val-des-Monts.
    • We will then head towards Montréal via La Petite-Nation on the North shore of the Ottawa River. Stop in Montebello for quick lunch.
    • Arrival in Montréal late afternoon.

Hotel Reservations

The tours will leave at 9:00 am Monday, July 10th from Kingston, Ontario. Please plan to arrive in Kingston on July 9th to participate. We have reserved a block of rooms under the convention name at the Marriott Courtyard in Kingston. To access our group rate you should use this link to make your reservation. The block of rooms will be held until March 31st. Please reserve your room for 1 night: Sunday, July 9th.

While in the Ottawa area we will be staying at the Ramada Plaza Gatineau/Manoir du Casino. Please do not make your reservations via this web site as you will not be offered our special rate. Instead please call the hotel directly at 1-800-296-9046 to make your reservation. Please use group code CGL449 to get our negociated discount. Please reserve your room for 2 nights: Monday, July 10th and Tuesday, July 11th.

Both tours will arrive in Montréal on Wednesday afternoon so your reservation at the main convention hotel should start Wednesday, July 12th and be for 4 nights if you’re staying for all of ALFA expo17.

What to drive

The tours are open to all vehicles, but Alfas will be placed in the lead, as they are the “stars of the show”. Sometimes, our vintage Alfas (like all older cars) experience mechanical failures. To help with these possibilities, the tours will have basic tools, a few spare parts and the ability to call upon expert mechanical assistance and towing if required.