Old Quebec : private Winter walking tour !


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



German (conversational), French (fluent), English (advanced)

Don't freeze while you discover Old Quebec

This tour is like my regular historical walking tour (#173496), which I can customize (usually I deepen some topics), but with 2 major differences :

1) Itinerary with warm breaks
I'll adapt the itinerary to very cold temperatures, with several warm breaks inside interesting buildings ; for that purpose, depending on the day, I could be able to open closed places during Winter. The idea is you survive to the walking tour - and you will. If you're too afraid, ask me a shorter tour.

2) Overview with a Winter perspective
It's a historical tour to give an overview, I won't only talk about things related to Winter, but Winter is of major importance : architecture adaptations, influence on historical events, Winter in local culture, clothes, lifestyle and language.

Check the Winter Carnaval schedule before booking my tour, maybe there's an activity you don't want to miss. Google: Quebec Winter Carnaval

If you plan to visit the Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel), contact me first, I'm an official guide there.


The itinerary depends on where we start, the weather and the day of the tour, your pace and interests. We'll mostly stay inside the fortifications.

Depending on your resistance to cold, we will see more or less of iconic monuments and buildings, stay a longer or shorter time inside the "warm spots" during the "warm breaks". Many interesting warm places are closed during Winter, but most of the time I can open them for my customers.

The itinerary will be adapted to your needs and interests.

Most of the time we see :
- Château Frontenac,
- cathedrals (Catholic and Anglicane),
- fortifications, including some pretty gates,
- Petit Champlain,
- Parliament of Quebec,
- City Hall.

But of course we can see those too, depending on the itinerary we choose :
- convent of the Ursulines,
- Grand Séminaire,
- Morrin Centre,
- Gare du Palais (train station).

Like every guide, I'm not allowed to guide inside the citadel and some private places.

During German Christmas Market : I'll show you the best spots there.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 3 hours

Winter Carnaval and the crowd, blizzards.


This is a walking tour.

What’s Included

Other: My services as your private guide. Entrance fees (if relevant) to some places.

Of course I can help for anything you need to know about Quebec-City and Lévis (B&B, hotels, restaurants, museums...).

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 $CA - 15$CA/person :
- Observatory of the capital,
- coffe or tea if we stop in a café.

These aren't mandatory.

What’s Extra

Other: Some entrance tickets and fees, but nothing is mandatory.

During this tour we can go to 3 kind of places :
- places which have entrance fees but where we're going only if you would like to go there : that's an extra cost (and of course I tell you how much before we go),
- places which have entrance fees and where we go (sometimes because I had to book) : cost already included in the tour,
- places which are free and where we go : it's free, but you can thank them for opening the gates during Winter.

Warm drinks during warm breaks.

A Recent Review of this tour

We highly recommend this tour and Xavier is an extremely knowledgeable guide. We booked the tour at the beginning of our stay in order to get our bearings since this was our first visit to QC. Xavier brought history to life with his stories and also helped us understand the spirit of the people of Quebec and their connection to their French history. He quickly assessed our intentions with our visit and guided us to the right restaurants. We had two divine long lunches at Cafe Muffy and Rioux & Pettigrew.
Carol Pierson

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