the History of French & British America through the streets of Old
Quebec! Our guide will highlight the most significant steps of the history of
Canada and the United States and their repercussions on Quebec City. Cradle
of New France – a vast territory covering the St.Lawrence & Mississippi
Rivers drainage basins - and now capital of the Province of Quebec,
Quebec City has a unique French and British heritage observable through its
institutions and architecture.
our guide unveil the treasures of this coveted stronghold located along the St.Lawrence River, gateway to the Great Lakes and
starting point of the exploration of a continent once known as New France.
lasts 2.5 to 3 hours from lower town Old Port District and ends in upper town
Quebec City tour for History lovers
about the French and British colonial periods and how the foundations of
Canada and the United States are interconnected.
with Samuel de Champlain, Louis Jolliet, Benedict Arnold, Sacagawea, Napoleon, Ulysses S. Grant, just to name a few, and learn
about their role or impact on local history.
handpicked passionate guides are trained professionals.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
your guide near the Musée de la Civilisation
in lower town. You will walk through the historical financial district -
established near the port area after the War of 1812- and you will pass by
Barricade Street where Arnold’s troops were defeated a few months before the
1776 Declaration of Independence of the United States.
will continue to Place Royale, Canada’s birthplace revitalized in the 1970’s
with an Old European touch. The nearby Quebecois Mural Fresco is the perfect
place to introduce most important characters of Colonial New France during
Louis XIV’s remarkable reign!
heading to upper town and talking about the birth of Democracy in America,
you’ll catch a few glimpses of Petit-Champlain, an exquisite local artisan’s
district, where Irish immigrants originally settled when Quebec City became
the only gateway to Canada before and after the 1847 European Potato Famine.
the Dufferin boardwalk atop Cape Diamond we’ll
cover 250 years of military and fortification history, from French ramparts
to British forts built after the American Civil War. From this unique lookout
near the Chateau Frontenac you will gaze at the outstanding St.Lawrence River landscape, its peculiar geology and
panoramic overview of the naval battlefield of the French and Indians War!
your way to the Catholic Notre-Dame-de-Québec and Anglican Holy Trinity
Cathedrals, you will stroll amidst the unique British-influenced architecture
of Old Quebec and discover the oldest French Monastery in America, a private
school for girls continuously operated since 1639. It’s not without emotion
that our guide will recount the remarkable contribution of the Ursulines since they settled in the cradle of New France
many years before establishing in New Orleans.
complete this in-depth historic walking tour, the nearby Old Seminary lends
itself perfectly to give an overview of the recent history of the
French-Canadians whose present-day institutions were founded during the
1960’s Quiet Revolution. This milestone in recent Canadian history represents
the first step to the creation of a modern society, still struggling to
perpetuate the French culture and language in North America.
doubt, this tour will be the highlight of your Quebec City trip!