Quebec City Private Walking Tour - The History of Quebec and Canada
Discover the History of Québec and Canada through the streets of Old Québec! Our guide will highlight the most significant steps of Canadian history and their repercussions on Québec City. Site of the first European settlement in North America in the 1540s, Québec City is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Canada from 1608, the year Champlain left Acadia to settle along the St.Lawrence River.
Quebec City has a unique French, British and Canadian heritage observable through its institutions and architecture. Let our guide tell you the Story of a Nation founded by French explorers and conquered by the British during the Seven Years War on the Plains of Abraham Battlefield. In the years following the 1867 Confederation of Canada, 10 provinces and 3 territories were created from initial British Colonies and Hudson Bay Company’s fur trading territories to form the present day second largest country in the world, from coast to coast.
• Tour lasts 2.5 to 3 hours from lower town Old Port District and ends in upper town fortified city.
• Perfect Quebec City tour for Canadian History lovers!
• Learn about the most important National Historic Sites: Montmorency Park, Fortifications of Québec, Château Frontenac, St-Louis Forts & Châteaux, Québec Citadel, Morrin Center, the Seminary of Québec...
• Meet with Jacques Cartier, Champlain, Louis Hébert, Louis XIV, Wolfe & Montcalm, Papineau, G.-E. Cartier, Duplessis, Levesque… and learn about their impact on local history.
What you can expect
Meet your guide at the Musée de la Civilisation in lower town. You will walk through the historical financial district and pass by Barricade Street where Canadian Governor Carleton defeated the American troops 6 months before the 1776 Declaration of Independence.
You will continue to Place Royale, Canada’s birthplace revitalized in the 1970s with an Old European touch. The nearby Quebecois Mural Fresco is the perfect place to introduce important characters of past and recent History!
Before heading to upper town and talking about the birth of the Canadian Confederation, you’ll catch a few glimpses of Petit-Champlain, an exquisite local artisan’s district, where Irish immigrants originally settled when Quebec City before and after the 1847 European Potato Famine.
From the Dufferin boardwalk atop Cape Diamond we’ll cover 250 years of military history, from French ramparts to British forts built until Canada became independent in 1867. From this unique lookout near the Chateau Frontenac you will gaze at the outstanding St.Lawrence River landscape and panoramic overview of the naval battlefield of the Seven Years’ War that led to the fall of New France in 1763!
On your way to the Citadel and Parliament Building of the Province of Québec, you will stroll amidst the unique British-influenced architecture of Old Quebec and discover the oldest French Monastery in America, a school for girls in operation since 1639. Your guide will recount the remarkable contribution of the Ursulines since they settled in the cradle of New France.
Going back to the fortified city, you will walk through the Scottish District near St-Andrew’s Church and you will see the first Anglican Cathedral built outside the British Isles.
To complete the tour, the nearby Catholic Cathedral and Old Seminary lends themselves 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.
Beyond doubt, this tour will be the highlight of your Quebec City trip!
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
Duración: 90 To 180 Minutes
Lugar de comienzo:
Meeting point: if your hotel is in Old Québec, we will meet you directly at your hotel. Send us a message and we will confirm accordingly.
If the meeting point is NOT your hotel, then we meet at the 'Musée of the civilisation' on St-Pierre Street (back door) in Old Port District - Lower Town Quebec City.
FYI, walking distance between the Chateau Frontenac and the "Musée of the civilisation" is less than 1 km and it takes about 5-10 minutes.
Cancelaciones y devoluciones:
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.