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Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site

Something for Everyone

The Fortifications and me : the legend of walls that talk !

Put on your costume and explore the fortifications looking for the enchanted bracelet or the magic sword. Challenges, games and enigmas are throughout the site and, who knows your help might contribute to resolve so many mysteries.

Will be charmed by these two playful and sensory circuits of the Fortifications of Québec.

Public: Families
Location: Come to the reception center at 2 rue D'Auteuil
Schedule: August 1st to September 1st, 2014
Fees: Entry and service fees


Mission Fortifications

Quebec City is under attack! Soldiers, we need you to defend the colony! Quickly, go look clues which will help you resolve the challenges and the enigmas. Together, we will save Quebec City!

All members of the family are invited to participate to this series of interactive challenges in the center in the Historic District of Old-Quebec.

Public: Families
Location: Come to the reception center at 2 rue D'Auteuil
Schedule: August 1st to September 1st, 2014
Fees: Entry and service fees



Learn how to work a cannon like the artillery soldiers of old!
© Parks Canada

Fired Up About Artillery

In 1812 Québec was the British army's command centre in North America.

Public: General
Location: Come to the visitor's kiosk at 2 rue D'Auteuil; the activity will take place in the Artillery Park.
Fees (Free with regular site admission)
Schedule: Every day, 1:45 p.m., in June and July.

Discover the work, habits, and way of life of the French and British soldiers who stayed at Artillery Park. You are cordially invited to visit the officers' barracks to see how the officers lived.

Put on a uniform and walk in the shoes of an 18th century French soldier or a British soldier in 1812. Attend a musket firing demonstration and learn how to handle these weapons from another era. You may even be one of the lucky volunteers chosen to experience the thrill of gunpowder as you fire a flintlock musket, the type of weapon used in the War of 1812.

Become an apprentice gunner. Join a cannon firing drill and follow officer's orders to learn how to work a cannon like the artillery soldiers of old.


Fortifications of Québec Interpretation Centre

The Artillery Park The Artillery Park
© Parks Canada

Public: General
Location: Come to the visitor's kiosk at 2 rue D'Auteuil; the activity will take place in the gun carriage warehouse.
Schedule and Fees

Visitors of the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site can now enjoy an exhibition on the construction of Québec's fortifications and the engineers behind the work.



In 1812, George Prevost is the governor-in-chief of British North America In 1812, George Prevost is the governor-in-chief of British North America
© Musée du Château Ramesay Collection

Governor : a function to discover

Public: General
Location: Come to the visitor's kiosk at 2 rue D'Auteuil; the activity will take place in the Arsenal foundry.
Schedule and Fees: (Free with regular site admission)

In Québec, the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux served as official residence and seat of power for the governors for over 200 years, under both the French and English regimes.

Learn about the key governors who marked the history of the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux. This exhibition is offered in cooperation with the Governor General's Residence.


Artillery park self-guided exploration

In high season, guides in period costumes portray the residents of the Artillery Park In high season, guides in period costumes portray the residents of the Artillery Park
© Parks Canada

Public: General
Location: Come to the visitor's kiosk at 2 rue D'Auteuil; the activity will take place in the Artillery Park.
Schedule and Fees (Free with regular site admission)

Visit the Arsenal Foundry, the officers' barracks, and the Dauphine redoubt. Either with a guide or on your own, travel back through 300 years of military and social history.

Soak up the unique architecture and décor of these buildings that have marked the country's history. In high season, guides in period costumes portray the residents of this storied locale.


Walk along the fortifications, a UNESCO World

Led by a outreach presenter, travel through 400 years of adventure Led by a outreach presenter, travel through 400 years of adventure
© Parks Canada

Public: General
Location: Come to the visitor's kiosk at 2 rue D'Auteuil or at the Frontenac kiosk on the Dufferin Terrace (Parks Canada boutique); the activity will take place on the fortifications of Quebec.
Start point: Dufferin Terrace, at the Frontenac kiosk near the Samuel de Champlain monument
Schedule
Length: 90 minutes
Fees

Led by an outreach presenter, travel through 400 years of adventure and discover some of the hidden treasures of the historic borough of Old Québec.

Did you know that while Paris was demolishing its fortifications, Lord Dufferin was busy fighting to protect those of Quebec City? Relive this fascinating tale as you walk the ramparts that attest to his success. Admire the river as you cross the Dufferin Terrace, walk through the Saint-Louis Gate, and discover the secret of the winding posterns. It's hard not to be surprised by the imposing grandeur of the thick walls and wide ditches here today, but the model of 1806 Québec is all the more impressive.


Self-Guided Tour of the Fortifications of Québec

The Fortifications of Québec, a 4,6 km journey to wander through The Fortifications of Québec, a 4,6 km journey to wander through
© Parks Canada

Public: General
Free

Explore the 4.6 kilometres of fortifications and walk through the gates of these walls that protect the heart of the Old City. Take a break near the defensive structures and soak up the historic charm of Old Québec in one of the parks dating back more than a hundred years. Along the way are the Governors' Promenade, Montmorency Park, rue des Remparts, the New Barracks, unique fortifications, and much more.

Pick up a tour map at one of our visitor centres: either the Frontenac Kiosk on Dufferin Terrace or the Fortifications of Québec reception centre, 2 rue D'Auteuil.