Fortifications of Quebec Tours

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Encircling Old Quebec, these historic fortifications are the defense system of the only surviving walled city in North America. Originally developed by the French to protect them from the British, and later by the British to protect them from the Americans, the restored walls are now a National Historic Site.

The Basics
Running for 2.8 miles (4.6 kilometers) around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Quebec, the Fortifications of Quebec, which were built between the 17th and 19th centuries, are hard to miss. You can follow the circuit yourself, admiring the sweeping views of the city and the St. Lawrence River from the walls. Alternatively, go as part of guided walking tours during the summer months, during which tour leaders provide background on the the city’s military past. You can also view the ramparts during hop-on hop-off bus tours, and bike tours of Quebec City.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The fortifications are a must-do for anyone with an interest in military history and defense.
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes, as some parts of the fortifications are sloping and uneven. 
  • Most of the fortifications are not wheelchair-friendly, though the Citadelle of Quebec (La Citadelle) is. 
  • Consider bringing a picnic to enjoy on the fortifications. 

How to Get There
A good place to start your fortifications walk is at St. John Gate (Porte St-Jean) near Place D’Youville. The square is about a 10-minute walk from Château Frontenac. Local buses stop at nearby D’Youville bus terminal.

When to Get There
The best time to explore the fortifications is during summer, when the warm temperatures make for pleasant strolling. Go early in the morning to experience it at its quietest. The fortifications are also a nice place to watch the sunset. 

Old Quebec’s Defenses
Though Quebec’s defensive walls are now used more for sightseeing and recreation, evidence of their military purpose still exists. Look out for cannons near the Citadelle of Quebec, which point out to the river as well as to the city itself. At Porte Saint-Louis, take a short detour down Rue Saint-Louis until the intersection with Rue du Corps de Garde, where you can see a rogue cannonball lodged in the trunk of a tree—a vestige from an old battle.  
Location
Address: 100 rue St-Louis, Old Upper Town, Quebec City, Canada
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Hours: Open daily, May-October
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Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore the best of Quebec City on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Quebec City’s top attractions — like Old Québec, Fortifications of Québec, Quartier Petit Champlain, Place Royale, Vieux-Port de Québec, to name just a few. Select the 1-day pass, then board at any of the 12 stops and get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site in customized fashion, with audio commentary in 10 different languages.
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Quebec City Shore Excursion: Grand Walking Tour of Quebec City

While docked at the Port of Québec, explore historic Old Québec City on this guided, 2-hour walking tour. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions in the Upper and Lower Town districts — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church and many more. Discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day and get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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Quebec City Bike Tour Along Saint Lawrence River

Get to know the best of Old Québec City on this guided, 2.5-hour bike tour. Enjoy a relaxing 13-mile (20-kilometer) ride along the majestic St. Lawrence River and Old Québec's bike-friendly Lower Town district, learning about its history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from the knowledgeable guide. See the famous castle/hotel Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, the Citadelle of Quebec and more while admiring the city’s natural beauty along the Saint Lawrence River. Bike and helmet are included.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Quebec City Shore Excursion: Private Walking Tour

While docked at the Port of Québec, explore historic Québec City on this private, guided, 2.5-hour walking tour. Enjoy personalized attention and discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the Plains of Abraham, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and many more.
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