Battles and sieges of 1629 - 1690 - 1759 - 1775
This tour focuses on the major attempts to take Québec-City and its fortifications & defense network. An interesting and different way to discover the city which has the largest defensive network in America.
About these battles & sieges :
- the Kirke's victory (1629), the first time French lost Québec (30 Years' War),
- the Phips' siege, a psychological battle with Frontenac (War of the Grand Alliance),
- the siege of 1759, which is taught in the United States Naval Academy (yes, I did the tour for former US Navy admiral) (7 Years' War / French & Indians War),
- the siege of 1775 with R. Montgomery and Benedict Arnold (American Revolutionary War),
- German threat during world wars and role of Quebec City.
About the fortifications (we can see most of them) :
- batteries on the shore,
- early and late city fortifications,
- Martello towers,
- defence network of the South Shore (mention only).
You're interested in the military history ? This tour is made for you !
I'll tailor the itinerary depending on your pace and the knowledge you already have about military history related to Quebec City. Of course if you want to focus on a specific war or general, I'll build the itinerary depending on this too, what I can do live during the tour itself.
We can start the tour where it's the most convenient for you (hotel or cruise ship), but I like to start it on the Terrasse du Chevalier de Lévis, on the South Shore. First, it's the best place to see the environment armies had to deal with. Second, this is the opportunity to see more closely one of the best generals of the French & Indians War, although little known.
My goal will be to show most the fortifications of Quebec City : city wall, gates, citadel (from the outside), batteries, redoubt, barracks, gun powder house and use them to explain local military history and its influence on world's history.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Best meeting location : in front of the ferry building, Lévis' side.
But can be where you want in the Old Quebec City (Petit Champlain, inside or near the fortifications).
End location: Near the Plains of Abraham or the Observatory of the Capital.
If you would like to end the tour in a specific place, please specify it to me.
Duration: 4 hours
Monday (itinerary B not possible).
Start time (itinerary B might be not possible if we start too late in the afternoon).
Winter (due to eventual warm breaks).
My services as your private guide.
Of course I can help for anything you need to know about Quebec-City and Lévis (B&B, hotels, restaurants, museums...).
Panoramic view on Quebec-City.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 $CA - /person
Cable car fees.
Fees for the ferry, the cable car and the Observatory.
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Although it was a very cold and windy day, Xavier did his best to keep us engaged. He is so knowledgeable, tells interesting stories, relates facts in an informative manner, and has an unrivaled passion for military history. He is terrific!