Did you know that an archaeological crypt revealing the official residence and seat of power of governors from 1620 to 1834 is hidden under Dufferin Terrace in Québec City? Discover its history and stroll through the remains of Château Saint-Louis. Explore its lower court, outbuildings and culinary complex. Some 120 artifacts and technologically advanced devices will help you relive the lives of the château’s residents.

Featured things to do

Guided tour of the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux

You wish to discover the site with a Parks Canada guide? Take part in one of the two tours offered before opening the site to the general public and enjoy privileged access to this magnificent archaeological crypt unique in North America!

Archaeological excavations for the whole family!

Grab your shovels and trowels and become an archaeologist for a day! Scan the ground in search of real artifacts and unearth clues that will help you discover the way of life of the Forts and Châteaux Saint-Louis inhabitants.

Best time to visit

Getting here

Dufferin Terrace
Québec City QC

Hours of operation

May 20 to October 29, 2017
Complete schedule

Open all year round for groups upon reservation

Fees

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 418-648-7016
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: information@pc.gc.ca

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