Battles of Quebec-City and its fortifications (walking - private tour)


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion, Other


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



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

Battles and sieges of 1629 - 1690 - 1759 - 1775

This tour focuses on the major attempts to take Québec-City and on its fortifications and defense network. An interesting and different way to discover the city which has the largest defensive network in North 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 to an US Navy admiral) (7 Years' War / French & Indian War),
- the siege of 1775 with R. Montgomery and Benedict Arnold (American Revolutionary War).

About the fortifications (we can see most of them) :
- batteries on the shore,
- early and late city fortifications,
- citadel,
- Martello towers,
- South shore forts (Lévis),
- WWI & WWII bunkers.

You're interested in the military history ? This tour is made for you !


To give you a rough idea of the itinerary, which can change depending on your pace and interests :
- Lévis's terrace to have a global point of view,
- Ferry, Québec from the River,
- batteries on the shore,
- 1775 barricade site,
- Wolfe & Montcalm memorial,
- Montcalm death site,
- Montgomery buried site,
- St Louis' Gate,

And then, 2 options :
- citadel,
- plains of Abraham,
- Martello towers.

- Observatory of the Capital (if open).

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

Ferry schedule.
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).


Cable car.

What’s Included

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
Ferry fees.
Cable car fees.
Observatory fees.

What’s Extra

Fees for the ferry, the cable car and the Observatory.

A Recent Review of this tour

We learned so much more than we expected. Xavier is a superb guide. He has an excellent command of his topic and is happy to discussed local politics and culture. If you want a local guide and are interested in the history of Quebec City then Xavier has to be your first choice.
David Jephson

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