Old Québec & French Canada Private History Walking Tour

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Old Québec & French Canada Private History Walking Tour

A must-do experience for North American visitors to Quebec City;
In-depth and fun historical overview of Old Québec, a unique historic district and World Heritage site featuring hundreds of history markers.

Most first-time visitors do not know to what a great extent Canada and US history are intertwined. Do you know the links between French Canada, Quebec and your part of the continent? There is no better place to discover these connections than in beautiful Quebec City.

Discover how early French settlers influenced by many continental events - Manifest Destiny, French & Indian War, Boston Tea Party, American Revolution, War of 1812 , American Civil War, Alaska Purchase, Canadian Confederation... - shaped Quebec and Canada.

During our 2.5-hour walking tour, discover sites in both Upper and Lower Town, highlighting the significant role played by Quebec City in the history of North America and in the creation of modern Canada.

Convenient meeting point: your Old Quebec hotel.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Musee du Fort, 10 rue Sainte Anne, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4S7 Canada

Museum about the military history of Canada and the great battles of Quebec City, from early French settlers to 1776.

Pass By: Moment Spa Le Chateau Frontenac, 1 Rue Des Carrieres Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4P5 Canada

Icon of modern Canada from coast to coast, 1893 Canadian Pacific Railway Hotel, now Fairmont.

Pass By: Terrasse Dufferin, 2, rue d'Auteuil / D'Auteuil street, 2 chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 5C2 Canada

Memory of the Royal family and its representatives, this boardwalk was built in the wake of the creation of modern Canada. Forts and Chateaux St-Louis National Park showcasing the castle of the French Governors until the French & Indian War is located UNDER the boardwalk.

Pass By: Wolfe-Montcalm Monument, Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 5J5, Canada

War monument, memory of the French and Indians War in Canada.

Pass By: Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 Rue des Jardins, Québec, QC G1R 4L6, Canada

Memory of British Quebec City, built the year of the Louisiana Purchase, that is, 20 years after the U.S. Independence.

Pass By: La Citadelle de Quebec, 1 Cote de la Citadelle, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 3R2 Canada

Stronghold added to the Quebec City’s defense system after the War of 1812, facing the American threat.

Pass By: Plains of Abraham, 835 Wilfrid-Laurier Ave, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 2L3 Canada

Iconic ground battlefield of the French & Indians War in America. Unlike Yorktown VA or Chalmette Battlefield in New Orleans LA, here the British won the war defeating the French. Canada became British from the 1763 Treaty of Paris.

Pass By: Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site, 2 Rue d'Auteuil Corner St.Jean, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 5C2 Canada

French and British ramparts built to protect this strategic outpost that controlled the St Lawrence seaway up to the center of the continent.

Pass By: Parliament Building, 1045 Rue des Parlementaires, Quebec City, Quebec G1A 1A3 Canada

Legislature of the Province of Quebec, the only French-speaking Province of Canada. Even though Montreal is its metropolis and most populated city, Quebec City is still the Provincial capital.

Pass By: Pole Culturel du Monastere des Ursulines, 12 Donnacona St., Quebec City, Quebec G1R 3Y7 Canada

First school for girls in North America and world-class Museum about French Art and catholic Education. Within top 5 French heritage institutions of Old Quebec and Canada.

Pass By: Le Monastere des Augustines, 77, Rue des Remparts, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 0C3 Canada

First hospital in North America and present-day world-class wellness center and Museum. Within top 5 French heritage institutions of Old Quebec and Canada.

Pass By: Upper Town (Haute-Ville), rue Sainte-Anne 138, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 3Y3 Canada

Upper town mainly refers to the Unesco World Heritage zone within the walls of Old Quebec. High density of historical sites covering 400 years of history.

Pass By: Lower Town (Basse-Ville), Quebec City, Quebec Canada

Lower town mainly refers to the Place Royale, Petit-Champlain and the Old Port district. High density of historical sites covering 400 years of history.

Pass By: Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral, 16 Rue De Buade, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4A1 Canada

Founding Cathedral of Catholicism in French America and head of a diocese as large as French Louisiana, from Quebec City to New Orleans.

Pass By: Seminaire du Quebec, 1 cote de la Fabrique, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 3V6 Canada

School for French catholic missionaries sent over the continent to convert North America's French territories to Catholicism. Present-day School of Architecture of University Laval and High School.

Pass By: Edifice Price / Price Building, 65 rue Ste-Anne, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 3X5 Canada

Iconic monument built as a pulp and paper company's headquarter in 1929. Symbol of the Great Depression and resilience of a 6-generation Welsh family now involved in high-end tourism in Quebec City.

Pass By: Place Royale, 2-4 Rue des Pains Benits, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 4E9 Canada

Canada's “Jamestown” and ‘Williamsburg” on the same site: birthplace of Canada and site of a never-completed 1970s Museum District project. In 1608, Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec City on this site, that has been continuously occupied since then.

Pass By: Quartier Petit Champlain, 61 rue du Petit-Champlain, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 4H5 Canada

Within top 3 shopping areas of Old Quebec. A 1980s project led by two local architects who had a vision to open high-end artisan shops in devitalized Old Port area.

Pass By: Musee de la civilisation, 85 Rue Dalhousie, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 8R2 Canada

Within top 5 museums of Old Quebec. History exhibitions about Canada and Native Americans.

Pass By: Old Port, St-Pierre & St-Paul, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 7R1 Canada

Sites of the 1775 failed "American" invasion of Canada, where both leaders - Benedict Arnold and Richard Montgomery - were defeated. Man-made zone reclaimed from water during the French, British and Canadian periods of Quebec City's history. Old financial district of Canada and present-day Art and Antique Shops district.

Pass By: St. Louis Gate (Porte St. Louis), Rue Saint Louis, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 3Z7 Canada

One of the 3 gates on the French rampart. Original military structures, featuring narrow openings with doors, were removed ...and then rebuilt to look like medieval structures, as part of Lord Dufferin's 1875 Quebec Improvement plan, influenced by the European historicist movement.

Pass By: Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou), Quebec City, Quebec Canada

Stairs linking Petit-Champlain and Upper town.

Pass By: Royal Battery, 4 Rue St-Pierre 4648'45.74n, 7112'7.62w, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 4H5 Canada

Military cannon platform added to Quebec City's fortifications system during the King William's War in America, when Frontenac defeated invaders from Boston led by William Phips.

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Stroller accessible"
"Service animals allowed"
"Near public transportation"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability"

Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
If your hotel is situated in Old Quebec, our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby 5 minutes before tour time. If your hotel is NOT in Old Quebec, we will be in touch with you to suggest an easy-to-find meeting point.

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Wireless audio equipment to ensure every word is heard loud and clear, as well as to ensure social distancing whenever it is required.
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)

Not Included

  • Gratuities


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