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Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada

Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada: Our most recommended tours and activities

Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

1. Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

Step back in time on a 2-hour Grand Walking Tour of Old Quebec City as you explore the abundance of history and charm of this incredible World Heritage Site. This tour meanders on a leisurely downhill stroll in the company of an expert guide whose commentary will leave you with a great sense of the history surrounding this unique and romantic setting. While stopping at every essential site and many hidden, historic gems, your guide will also point out additional activities, places to eat, and things to see. The tour is limited to small groups, allowing for maximum interaction with your guide and fellow participants. Get a taste of Quebec city's history, architecture and culture in a 2-hour tour in this storied city.

Quebec City: Old Quebec Walking Tour with Funicular Ride

2. Quebec City: Old Quebec Walking Tour with Funicular Ride

Explore Quebec City with a walking tour designed to introduce you to one of North America's first settlements. Marvel at Old Quebec's history as well as the city's most popular attractions. Meet up with your guide at the Maison Jean-Baptiste-Chevalier before heading out to explore the Upper and Lower Town districts, such as Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and Terrasse Dufferin, as well as stop by iconic sites. Discover the Lower Town, where Old Quebec is located, and some of the most emblematic buildings in town, like the Place Royale, Quebec City Mural, Fortifications of Québec and the charming Quartier Petit Champlain. Ride on the funicular to the Upper Town Old Quebec, where you can admire the beautiful St Lawrence River along the way. While in the Upper Town, you will visit Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Terrasse Dufferin, Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, and City Hall of Quebec.

Quebec: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour App

3. Quebec: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour App

Downloading the Action Tour Guide App which will function as our personal tour guide, audio tour and map all in one. Once we have done that we can begin our tour of Quebec City from the parking area directly across from Parc Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. From there we'll drive along the Saint Lawrence River until we reach the Petit Champlain area. Dating back to the 17th century, this historic district is the oldest shopping district in North America! Next up will be the Place Royale where we will learn about the French King Louis XIV and his peculiar contribution to the flourishing of what was known as New France. Driving through Old Quebec, we will get to know the different sections of the City and understand why the settlers chose to build it in the way they did. It will be impossible to miss the gorgeous City Hall which combines the Second Empire and the Chateau architectural styles into something which is truly amazing. Then we will come across the Morrin Centre which today is the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec but in actual fact was originally the first prison in Quebec. Continuing onwards, we will drive along the fortifications erected in the early 1800s to protect against possible invasion by the United States of America. These walls are the main reason Quebec was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Looking ahead, we will see the stunning Chateau Frontenac which is the most iconic building in Quebec. It is the largest and most luxurious Hotel in the City and the most imposing architecturally. After this we will see the Cathedral Basilica Notre-Dame de Quebec and the Holy Trinity, two of the earliest churches in the City of Quebec.   Heading on to Parliament Hill, we will discover the beautiful Parliament building which honors the figures integral to Quebec's founding. Progressing on, we will arrive at the sprawling park known as the Plaines d'Abraham where we will come to an overlook which it would be impossible not to photograph. From here we will be able to see La Citadelle, a fortress built in the 1820s to defend the City from invaders. Moving on, we will pass by the Musee Des Beaux Arts, home to more than 38,000works of art. Beyond that will be the Terasse Grey where British and French armies battled in 1759. Finally, we will drive down La Grande-Allee, a truly lovely avenue lined with shops, restaurants and cafes.   Our tour will conclude back on Parliament Hill just a short distance from where we began.

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We scheduled this tour at the beginning of our time in Quebec to get a lay of the land before we toured on our own. Quebec is such a walkable city that it was perfect for that. It happened to be snowy day which made it even more special. Our family found it to be a great value for the experience.

Alexis was an awesome guide- filled with knowledge and interesting stories. He pointed out lots of great shops and places to eat as well. My whole family (ages 10-15) throughly enjoyed the tour. Highly recommend him!

Our guide Anne was very knowledgeable and friendly with a great sense of humor. It was a wonderful tour to see the sites of old Quebec and learn about the people, history, and architecture. Highly recommended

Informative, well paced, and insightful. Michael O’Neill was the perfect guide.

Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and interesting.