Private Walking Tour for American Visitors - 1776 Canada's Road to Independence
- Live Guide
- Pickup Service
- Private Tour
- 3 hr
Best must-do experience for Americans visiting Quebec City; In-depth and fun historical overview you can relate to; Convenient meeting point: your hotel in Old Quebec. Many Americans do not know to what a great extent American and Canadian history are intertwined, and thus our tour focuses on the ties that link these two countries. Do you know the link between French-speaking Canada and YOUR part of the continent? There is no better place to study these connections than in beautiful Quebec City. Our tour examines how early French settlers, the French & Indian War, the Boston Tea Party, the American Revolution, the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812 and the American Civil War shaped Quebec and Canada. During this 3-hour walking tour, we will explore sites in both the Upper Town and Lower Town, sites that highlight the significant role played by Quebec City in the history of North America and in the creation of modern Canada.
Operated by: Quebec 1608 Tours
Pass By: Musee du Fort
Museum about the military history of Canada and the great battles of Quebec City, from early French settlers to 1776.
Pass By: Moment Spa Le Chateau Frontenac
Icon of modern Canada from coast to coast, 1893 Canadian Pacific Railway Hotel, now Fairmont.
Pass By: Terrasse Dufferin
Memory of the Royal family and its representatives, this boardwalk was built in the wake of the creation of modern Canada. Forts and Chateaux St-Louis National Park showcasing the castle of the French Governors until the French & Indian War is located UNDER the boardwalk.
War monument, memory of the French and Indians War in Canada.
Memory of British Quebec City, built the year of the Louisiana Purchase, that is, 20 years after the U.S. Independence.
Pass By: La Citadelle de Quebec
Stronghold added to the Quebec City’s defense system after the War of 1812, facing the American threat.
Pass By: Plains of Abraham
Iconic ground battlefield of the French & Indians War in America. Unlike Yorktown VA or Chalmette Battlefield in New Orleans LA, here the British won the war defeating the French. Canada became British from the 1763 Treaty of Paris.
Pass By: Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site
French and British ramparts built to protect this strategic outpost that controlled the St Lawrence seaway up to the center of the continent.
Pass By: Parliament Building (Hotel du Parlement)
Legislature of the Province of Quebec, the only French-speaking Province of Canada. Even though Montreal is its metropolis and most populated city, Quebec City is still the Provincial capital.
Pass By: Pole Culturel du Monastere des Ursulines
First school for girls in North America and world-class Museum about French Art and catholic Education. Within top 5 French heritage institutions of Old Quebec and Canada.
Pass By: Le Monastere des Augustines
First hospital in North America and present-day world-class wellness center and Museum. Within top 5 French heritage institutions of Old Quebec and Canada.
Pass By: Upper Town (Haute-Ville)
Upper town mainly refers to the Unesco World Heritage zone within the walls of Old Quebec. High density of historical sites covering 400 years of history.
Pass By: Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
Lower town mainly refers to the Place Royale, Petit-Champlain and the Old Port district. High density of historical sites covering 400 years of history.
Pass By: Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec
Founding Cathedral of Catholicism in French America and head of a diocese as large as French Louisiana, from Quebec City to New Orleans.
Pass By: Seminaire du Quebec
School for French catholic missionaries sent over the continent to convert North America's French territories to Catholicism. Present-day School of Architecture of University Laval and High School.
Pass By: Edifice Price / Price Building
Iconic monument built as a pulp and paper company's headquarter in 1929. Symbol of the Great Depression and resilience of a 6-generation Welsh family now involved in high-end tourism in Quebec City.
Pass By: Place Royale
Canada's “Jamestown” and ‘Williamsburg” on the same site: birthplace of Canada and site of a never-completed 1970s Museum District project. In 1608, Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec City on this site, that has been continuously occupied since then.
Pass By: Quartier Petit Champlain
Within top 3 shopping areas of Old Quebec. A 1980s project led by two local architects who had a vision to open high-end artisan shops in devitalized Old Port area.
Pass By: Musee de la civilisation
Within top 5 museums of Old Quebec. History exhibitions about Canada and Native Americans.
Pass By: Old Port
Sites of the 1775 failed "American" invasion of Canada, where both leaders - Benedict Arnold and Richard Montgomery - were defeated. Man-made zone reclaimed from water during the French, British and Canadian periods of Quebec City's history. Old financial district of Canada and present-day Art and Antique Shops district.
Pass By: St. Louis Gate (Porte St. Louis)
One of the 3 gates on the French rampart. Original military structures, featuring narrow openings with doors, were removed ...and then rebuilt to look like medieval structures, as part of Lord Dufferin's 1875 Quebec Improvement plan, influenced by the European historicist movement.
Pass By: Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou)
Stairs linking Petit-Champlain and Upper town.
Pass By: Royal Battery
Military cannon platform added to Quebec City's fortifications system during the King William's War in America, when Frontenac defeated invaders from Boston led by William Phips.