Walking Tours in Québec City
Thinking of taking a guided walking tour of Québec City? You’ll certainly have your pick of styles and themes. From foodie or spooky tours to classic city tours and tours led by historic figures, there are plenty of ways to discover the city’s architectural and historical treasures with a guide. Read on to learn more!
Guided Walking Tours of Old Québec City
Tours Voir Québec
Québec City is best explored on foot. The whole city is supremely walkable, but that’s especially true in Old Québec, with its concentration of charming little streets and historical buildings. When you’re on foot, it’s easier to slow down and see the details, pop into a shop, and simply admire the surroundings.
As the birthplace of French North America and the only walled city north of Mexico, Old Québec City is a living museum, full of history and surprises. And there’s nothing like a walk with an experienced, enthusiastic guide to get a better understanding of the place, dive into the past, and pick up fascinating stories and informative tidbits. Lucky for you, there are a number of local companies that offer historical and themed tours:
Tours Voir Québec
Make your way to the Tourist Info Centre in front of Château Frontenac, where you’ll find a guide ready and waiting at the Tours Voir Québec counter. This company specializes in historic tours of Old Québec, with all its fascinating details and hidden treasures. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Bury Your Dead tour inspired by the novel by Louise Penny.
With its eye-catching historical figures in long capes and traditional hairstyles, Cicérone Tours gets you off the beaten path and takes you on a delightful trip back in time. If you’re in Québec City in December, don’t miss their special Magic of Christmas tour.
À la Rencontre des Filles du Roy
See Québec through the eyes of a 17th-century Fille du Roi, or King’s Daughter, and learn more about the daily lives of the colony’s first settlers.
HQ Services Touristiques
HQ Services Touristiques offers private tours as well as a tour of the filming locations for Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, a hugely popular South Korean T.V. series.
Think you know Québec City? See it from a new angle, such as women in history or military history, as you explore a specific theme on an exclusive tour. Tours Accolade also offers personalized tours based on your genealogy, as well as a multisensory tour for the visually impaired.
Ghost Tours of Québec and Les Promenades fantômes
Explore Old Québec City by lantern and learn about the murders and mysteries that haunt the city’s past. These spine-tingling tours are perfect for a fun evening with friends or to get your teenagers excited about history.
Québec 1608 Tours
History buffs, you'll be delighte by the Québec 1608 private tours. Their circuits will certainly enlighten you on the history of Québec City and Canada as well as on the links between American and Canadian history.
Along with a passionate local guide, you will discover the essential role that nature, geography and climate have played in the history of the city.
Self-Guided Walking Tours in Québec City
L'îlot des Palais
Québec City is also nice to visit at your own pace. Mix it up by setting a tour goal, like trying every set of stairs or seeing every mural, monument, or public artwork. All are part of Québec City’s distinctive vibe and add a unique touch to any self-guided visit. If you’re short on time, use the Red Bus to travel quickly from one sight to the next.
Whether you’re travelling solo, as a pair, or with friends or family, take the time to discover the city’s fabulous heritage on a rally or self-guided tour.
Self-guided tours from Tours Voir Québec
Enjoy walking alone? The self-guided tours from Tours Voir Québec are a great way to visit the city at your own pace while learning more about the sights. All you have to do is download the app (which you can use offline) and follow your phone’s GPS.
GeoRallies at Îlot des Palais
Explore Old Québec City with a GPS and a roadmap as you search for answers hidden in caches on an Îlot des Palais GeoRally. It’s fun for the whole family—even tricky teens! There are a number of rallies perfect for exploring the history, archeology, and architecture of Old Québec.
Walking Food Tours
Visites gourmandes de Québec
Québec City is also a food mecca! Food tours are an increasingly popular way to get a feel for the city through its food scene. They take you to restaurants, fine food shops, and craft breweries to sample local, artisanal fare and find out what makes Québec cuisine special. Mouth-watering options abound : get a real taste of Québec City!
Québec City Walking Tour Map
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