Distance : 1 km (0.54 mi.)
To fully appreciate the charm of Old Québec, what’s better than taking your time to explore its cobblestone streets? From the famous Plains of Abraham battlefield to the city’s fortifications, you can tour unique historic attractions, including the majestic Château Frontenac.
A. The Plains of Abraham. The starting point of this walking tour is the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham. Before heading to Old Québec, why not enjoy the exhibition rooms or hop on a fun bus tour where you will learn about the major historic events that took place on site!
B. Head for Grande Allée Avenue. Then turn right towards Old Québec. On your left, you will notice the Parliament Building, which is home to the National Assembly and its 125 members. Visitors can take one of the free thirty-minute commentated tours.
C. Pass Under the Saint-Louis Gate. You will be entering the last fortified city north of Mexico. At the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada, you can explore 4.6 km (2.9 mi) of fortifications still encircling the city, as you walk along the trail that runs around the walls or take a ninety-minute guided tour departing from Dufferin Terrace.
Royal du 22e Régiment
After passing the Saint-Louis Gate, you can also turn right towards the Citadelle de Québec – Royal 22e Régiment Museum, where military ceremonies are held and commentated tours of the buildings are given. The Citadelle also provides an excellent point of view from atop Cap Diamant.
D. Québec’s Château. Once you've done the historic tours, go down Saint-Louis Street, which is lined with many restaurants, cafés and boutiques. Once at the bottom, you will arrive at the foot of the majestic Fairmont Château Frontenac, where guided tours are offered by historic figures. If you want to live like a king a little while longer, drop in at one of the famous hotel’s restaurants to enjoy a cup of tea or a delicious meal.
After admiring the landscape from Dufferin Terrace, cross Place d’Armes to discover the lovely Trésor Street and its artists and artisans, who exhibit their works in an open-air art gallery.
Trésor Street, photo credit Luc-Antoine Couturier
E. Last Stop: the Cathedral Basilica. At the end of Trésor Street, you will find standing before you the Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral Basilica, teeming with magnificent works of art. This is the crypt in which four governors of New France and the bishops of Québec are buried.