Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site
Something for Everyone
Visit the days of the great explorers and their quest for new spice routes and exotic foods. Cocoa was enjoyed by kings, governors, and even soldiers. Have tea and biscuits and sample a historical chocolate recipe whipped up by the officers’ mess cook. Sound good? Or even—irresistible?
Public: Food lovers!
Location: Come to the visitor’s kiosk at 2 rue D’Auteuil; the activity will take place in the Dauphine Redoubt.
Schedule: June 24 to September 2, 2013, 4 h 15 p.m.
Fees: Entry and service fees plus $1.80 per person.
Fortifications of Québec Interpretation Centre
The Artillery Park © Parks Canada
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 © Musée du Château Ramesay Collection
Governor : a function to discover
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.
In high season, guides in period costumes portray the residents of the Artillery Park © Parks Canada
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.
Guided tours of the fortifications of Québec, a UNESCO World
Led by a outreach presenter, travel through 400 years of adventure © Parks Canada
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
Length: 90 minutes
Led by a 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 during the Belle Époque, 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 © Parks Canada
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 information centre, 2 rue D’Auteuil.