Fortifications of Quebec

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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
Adresse: 100 rue St-Louis, Old Upper Town, Quebec City, Canada
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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 i Quebec City

Mens du er i havn i Québec, skal du udforske den historiske gamle Québec City på denne guidede 2-timers vandretur. Besøg mange af Québec Citys største attraktioner i Upper og Lower Town-distrikterne - f.eks. Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires-kirken og mange flere. Oplev Québec Bys historie fra 1608 til i dag og lær dig at kende på UNESCOs verdensarvssted med uddannelsesmæssige og underholdende kommentarer fra en professionel tour conductor.
  • Varighed: 2 timer
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23,71 $ USD
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Quebec City Bike Tour langs Saint Lawrence River

Få det bedste af Old Québec City at kende på denne guidede, 2,5-timers cykeltur. Nyd en afslappende 13-mile (20 kilometer) tur langs den majestætiske St. Lawrence-flod og Old Québecs cykel-venlige nedre bydel, der lærer om sin historie fra 1608 til i dag. Få kendskab til dette UNESCO World Heritage Site, med uddannelsesmæssige og underholdende kommentarer fra den kyndige vejledning. Se det berømte slot / hotel Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Citadelle of Quebec og mere mens du beundrer byens naturlige skønhed langs floden Saint Lawrence. Cykel og hjelm er inkluderet.
  • Varighed: 2 timer 30 minutter
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Quebec City Shore Udflugt: Privat Walking Tour

Mens du er i havn i Québec, skal du udforske det historiske Québec City på denne private, guidede, 2,5-timers vandretur. Nyd personlig opmærksomhed og opdag Québec Bys historie fra 1608 til i dag. Få kendskab til dette UNESCO World Heritage Site, med uddannelsesmæssige og underholdende kommentarer fra en professionel tour conductor. Besøg mange af Québec Citys største attraktioner - som Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Quebec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires kirke, Abrahams sletter, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac og mange flere.
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