The only walled city north of Mexico, designated a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1985, Quebec is one of the most fascinating historic sites in North America. Benefit from a privileged insider’s view of this rich cultural heritage and offer your participants unforgettable memories of Quebec City. Our packages and day tours are organized around special themes and activities ... take your pick!
Quebec, World Heritage City
(Bus and Walking tour)
DURATION: 3 h
WALKING TOUR ONLY: 2.5 h
We will begin the walking portion of our tour on the Dufferin Terrace, a magnificent boardwalk overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Our next stop is the Seminary of Quebec, founded in 1663. Now occupied by the Architecture School of Laval University, this institution is a remarkable collection of buildings erected around enclosed courtyards. We will then continue to the magnificent interior of Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica. In the lower town, we will discover Place Royale, where the Government of Quebec has restored merchants’ houses from the time of New France. Continue by bus to see the Old Port, exterior of the National Assembly, the fortification walls and the Plains of Abraham, site of the battle of 1759.
DURATION: 2.5 h
DURATION: 4.5 h, with lunch
Today most people think of Quebec City as the birthplace of French civilization in North America, and this is certainly true. It is often forgotten, however, that this city was also once part of the British Empire and that, at one point, English- speaking citizens made up more than 40% of the population. Indeed, in many ways it is the combination of French and English influences that we find in the architecture of the city, which makes Quebec truly unique. Come with us and discover Quebec City from another point of view.
Our day begins with a slide lecture about the British and French influences on the architecture, urban planning and political institutions of the city. We will then take a walking tour focusing on British influences on domestic architecture, public buildings, as well as public gardens and parks. Lunch can be served at the elegant Garrison Club, which was founded by English speaking military officers in the 1870s. The atmosphere remains very British even though, today, almost all the members speak French.
Religious Institutions and Museums of Old Québec
DUATION: 3 h
Discover the living history of some of Quebec’s oldest institutions. In 1639, the Governor of New France and the inhabitants of the tiny wilderness settlement of Quebec gathered to greet a long awaited ship from France. On board were nuns from two religious orders: the Augustinian Sisters had arrived to found Quebec’s first hospital, while the Ursuline Nuns had come to establish the first girls’ school of the colony. Over the years these institutions have expanded and evolved, but the Hotel Dieu and the Ursuline Convent have retained historic buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
In addition to visiting these convents, and their museums, we will explore the Seminary of Quebec, established in 1663. During our day of touring we will see a wealth of magnificent embroideries, paintings, sculpture, reliquaries, silver, and objects from daily life spanning more than three centuries. Lunch will be served in a fine restaurant in the heart of Quebec’s historic district.
NOTE: This visit is suspended for an undetermined period due to the renovation of the Augustine Museum.
Quebec and the Island Of Orleans
DURATION: 3 h
DURATION: 5 h, with lunch
Your tour today will combine both the city and the countryside, beginning with the fortification walls of the Old City, the impressive exterior of the National Assembly of Quebec and the National Battlefields Park, site of the famous Battle of the Plains of Abraham.
We will then continue to the Island of Orleans and the picturesque village of Ste-Pétronille, once the base camp of General Wolfe and his army. From our vantage point on the western tip of the island we will have an exceptional view of the city of Quebec and its harbour which was once filled with the sails of hundreds of English warships. We will follow an old rural road to cross the island and pass through the village of St. Pierre before going over the bridge.
On our way back to Quebec, we will stop at the Montmorency Falls. One of the most remarkable natural sites in Canada, the Montmorency Falls are over 33 meters higher than Niagara. In the late 18th century, Governor Haldimand built a country house beside the falls. Today, the waterfall and Manor are surrounded by a beautiful park, which includes extensive walking paths, cliff-side boardwalks and staircases leading to a dramatic footbridge over the waterfall.
The Beaupré Coast and the Island of Orleans
DURATION: 5.5 h, with lunch
Situated between the mountains and the river, the first settlements of New France were established along the Beaupré Coast in the early 1600's. Ancient stone farmhouses still line the Royal Road. Sense the drama of their past while learning about the lives of these settlers and the houses they built. We will visit Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica, one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in North America. Like the churches of medieval Europe, this great Basilica is filled with images, expressed in stone, mosaic tile and stained glass. Our tour allows you to read these symbols like a book, as they were meant to be read by the pilgrims of the past.
Then we will stop at the Montmorency Falls. One of the most remarkable natural sites in Canada, the Montmorency Falls are over 33 meters higher than Niagara. In the late 18th century Governor Haldimand built a country house beside the falls. Today, the waterfall and Manor are surrounded by a beautiful park, which includes extensive walking paths, cliff-side boardwalks and staircases leading to a dramatic footbridge over the waterfall.
On the island of Orleans we will visit the picturesque village of Ste-Pétronille, once the base camp of General Wolfe and his army. From our vantage point on the western tip of the island we will have an exceptional view of the city of Quebec and its harbour which was once filled with the sails of hundreds of English warships. We will follow an old rural road to cross the island and pass through the village of St. Pierre before going over the bridge to return to Quebec.
Lunch in an old stone mill on the Island of Orleans is included in this tour.
Theme Tours and Special Activities
Each of our programs can be custom designed according to your interests and requirements. Below are some of the themes around which we can build tours and special activities:
• Historic arts, including painting, sculpture, gilding (gold leaf) and embroidery
• Contemporary arts, with visits of artists’ studios
• Music, with private concerts in historic sites
• Cuisine, including cooking demonstrations, cooking classes and visits with specialty food producers
• Military history, with visits of battle sites and fortifications
• Archaeology, with visits of sites in the company of archaeologists
• Guest speakers and meetings with local experts
• Cocktails and meals in exclusive private clubs or in historic sites