WHY QUÉBEC IS A GREAT CITY TO EXPLORE ON FOOT

 

Walking through the beautiful city of Québec is one of the best ways to see all that this historic place has to offer. It’s filled with historic landmarks, famous pedestrian-only streets, and beautiful architecture.

 

At Tours Voir Québec, we have expert guides that will help you navigate through the city while giving you a detailed summary of the culture and history of the wondrous city. The thing that makes our tours so special is the ability to see some of Québec’s most notable sites that are only accessible by foot.

 

The leisurely stroll also gives you ample time to take in all the sights and amazing places you’ll be seeing. Québec City is the heart of French Canada, and exploring its origins and learning how it has flourished can be a fascinating trip for solo travelers or groups of friends or family. Learn more about Québec City and some of the sights you can see on our walking tours!

 

About the Historic City of Québec

 

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Whether you’re a history buff, love quaint cities, or want to feel like you’re in France, you might want to think about visiting Québec City. You’ll find the city encompasses stone buildings, fortifications, and narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful boutiques and restaurants.

 

There are several historical landmarks that you’ll get to witness along one of our walking tours. The historic site of Old Québec is made up of two parts, including Upper Town and Lower Town. As you travel through the city streets, you’ll have ample time to take pictures and listen to your guide talk about the rich history that’s still kept alive through French architecture and culture.

 

Some things to expect while walking on foot in the city of Québec are the Fortifications of Québec, La Citadelle de Québec (Québec Citadel), and the Notre-Dame des Victoires church. Each of these structures played a major role in the foundation of the city.

 

Other noteworthy places that we’ll pass by along the tour are the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, Old Port, and the Ursulines monastery. You’ll get to go back in time to the 18th century when entering the courtyard of the Seminary.

 

The colorful street of Petit-Champlain has been given the title of one of the most beautiful streets in North America, and the Place-Royale square is where the first French settlement came to North America.

 

Petit-Champlain and Place Royale

 

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The Place Royale encompasses the foundation of Québec City in one location in Lower Town. The architecture of the stone buildings was influenced by British and French architecture.

 

Petit-Champlain street is surely a sight to see along the walking tour. The stone street is only accessible by foot and has boutiques, restaurants, and shops with sweets.

 

It’s almost as if you’ve walked into a little slice of France with pops of color on some of the buildings. In the winter, the street is often decorated with lights and other things that make it a wonderful winter walk. 

 

National Historic Sites of Québec

 

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Many of the landmarks in Québec have been designated as National Historic Sites. The Historic District of Old Québec received designation as a National Historic Site on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. Several buildings within the city have also received a spot on the list, as they show the historical significance and meet other important criteria.

 

The following buildings and structures that are passed on our walking tours that have been designated as National Historic Sites include:

  • Fortifications of Québec
  • The Grand Seminary
  • Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral

The fortifications allow you to look deep into Quebec’s military past. As you pass by the crafted walls and defense system, it’ll give you a better understanding of how the structure played a role in Québec’s history and city layout.

 

Included in the fortifications is the Québec Citadel. Although we don’t enter the citadel, it’s fascinating to see the large gray stone walls that once shielded the Upper Town. Although it suffered from two fires in its past, the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral has been rebuilt and preserved as the oldest church in Canada.

 

Rather than driving by these historic sites, walking by them gives you a more personal experience to take in how amazing these structures are.

 

How Walking Tours Can Give You a Better Experience in Québec

 

Walking around Québec City is one of the best ways to take your time and learn about the history and culture. Some places are easier to access on foot, while others are only accessible by foot. It can also allow you to enjoy some fresh air with partly cloudy skies often present year-round.

 

Having a Tours Voir Quebec guide with you can provide you with more background information on the history of specific structures and buildings and the purpose they serve for the modern-day city. A walking tour with us can also help you get a better understanding of the area so you can explore it on your own at a later time!

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