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Quartier Petit Champlain: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

1. From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

Explore the sights and history of Quebec City on a hassle-free guided day trip from Montreal. Relax in the comfort of a premium bus as you begin the scenic journey with complimentary pickup from downtown Montreal hotels. Start your day with a pickup from downtown Montreal. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allee, stop at the Chateau Frontenac, and admire Quebec's oldest skyscraper. Enjoy leisure time to explore the city’s winding streets and Quebec City’s oldest public stairs, Escalier Casse-Cou. Ride the funicular built into the cliff which links Upper and Lower Quebec for magnificent views of the river and its surroundings. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759. Depart Quebec City’s Old Town for Montmorency Falls to enjoy extraordinary views of the impressive 274-foot (83-meter) high falls. Then, get back aboard the bus for your return trip to Montreal.

Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

2. Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

Step back in time on a 2-hour Grand Walking Tour of Old Quebec City as you explore the abundance of history and charm of this incredible World Heritage Site. This tour meanders on a leisurely downhill stroll in the company of an expert guide whose commentary will leave you with a great sense of the history surrounding this unique and romantic setting. While stopping at every essential site and many hidden, historic gems, your guide will also point out additional activities, places to eat, and things to see. The tour is limited to small groups, allowing for maximum interaction with your guide and fellow participants. Get a taste of Quebec city's history, architecture and culture in a 2-hour tour in this storied city.

Quebec: Old City Guided Walking Tour in Winter

3. Quebec: Old City Guided Walking Tour in Winter

Following a passionate, seasoned, experienced local tour guide, you will discover more than 400 years of History. This Old Quebec Winter Walking Tour will first take you through the snowy streets of the walled city. You will admire the famous Fairmont le Château Frontenac, you will make a stop on the Dufferin Terrace and enjoy its vantage point over the St-Lawrence River. You will walk by Old Quebec public squares, proud monuments and beautiful churches such as the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Notre-Dame-de-Quebec Cathedral and Basilica. Your dedicated period costumed tour guide will then lead you to the Petit-Champlain District, cradle of the french fact in North America, so you can appreciate this outstanding, unique and quaint part of "le Vieux-Québec", at the level of the St-Lawrence River. Winter is in Quebec City’s DNA. Experiencing a winter in Quebec City is one of the best ways to really immerse yourself in our local culture and way of life. The nordicity, the cold, the way our people got adapted to the ambient conditions, is what makes this city distinctive. Accompanied by a historical character, tour the Old Quebec in winter times and forge some unforgettable memories while learning a bit more about how it is for us, and how it has been for our ancestors to live through these Canadian winters.

Quebec City: 2 or 3-Hour Fat Bike Rental

4. Quebec City: 2 or 3-Hour Fat Bike Rental

Cycle through Old Quebec and Limoilou with ease with a fat bike rental. Easily discover sights such as the Domaine de Maizerets and Saint-Charles Linear Park with a 2 or 3-hour rental. Upon arrival at the shop, get kitted out with your perfect bike, a helmet, and winter gear (depending on availability). Receive a quick safety induction and introduction to the best routes in the city before you take to the streets. Next, set off through the bike lanes and streets of Old Quebec and Limoilou. You can choose to follow a suggested route adapted to the weather and trail conditions, or explore the city and your chosen landmarks at your own pace.

Quebec: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour App

5. Quebec: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour App

Downloading the Action Tour Guide App which will function as our personal tour guide, audio tour and map all in one. Once we have done that we can begin our tour of Quebec City from the parking area directly across from Parc Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. From there we'll drive along the Saint Lawrence River until we reach the Petit Champlain area. Dating back to the 17th century, this historic district is the oldest shopping district in North America! Next up will be the Place Royale where we will learn about the French King Louis XIV and his peculiar contribution to the flourishing of what was known as New France. Driving through Old Quebec, we will get to know the different sections of the City and understand why the settlers chose to build it in the way they did. It will be impossible to miss the gorgeous City Hall which combines the Second Empire and the Chateau architectural styles into something which is truly amazing. Then we will come across the Morrin Centre which today is the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec but in actual fact was originally the first prison in Quebec. Continuing onwards, we will drive along the fortifications erected in the early 1800s to protect against possible invasion by the United States of America. These walls are the main reason Quebec was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Looking ahead, we will see the stunning Chateau Frontenac which is the most iconic building in Quebec. It is the largest and most luxurious Hotel in the City and the most imposing architecturally. After this we will see the Cathedral Basilica Notre-Dame de Quebec and the Holy Trinity, two of the earliest churches in the City of Quebec.   Heading on to Parliament Hill, we will discover the beautiful Parliament building which honors the figures integral to Quebec's founding. Progressing on, we will arrive at the sprawling park known as the Plaines d'Abraham where we will come to an overlook which it would be impossible not to photograph. From here we will be able to see La Citadelle, a fortress built in the 1820s to defend the City from invaders. Moving on, we will pass by the Musee Des Beaux Arts, home to more than 38,000works of art. Beyond that will be the Terasse Grey where British and French armies battled in 1759. Finally, we will drive down La Grande-Allee, a truly lovely avenue lined with shops, restaurants and cafes.   Our tour will conclude back on Parliament Hill just a short distance from where we began.

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What people are saying about Quartier Petit Champlain

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,573 reviews

The trip was perfect from start with complimentary pick up from hotel in Montreal downtown. Very good bus driver and guide who had explained and shown us around. The quick brief intro tour of Quebec old city was very helpful when we were left on our own fir 2hours free time in the city. The Christmas decoration and snow made the December trip even more exciting but slightly chilly. Be prepared to warm up.

We scheduled this tour at the beginning of our time in Quebec to get a lay of the land before we toured on our own. Quebec is such a walkable city that it was perfect for that. It happened to be snowy day which made it even more special. Our family found it to be a great value for the experience.

Our guide Anne was very knowledgeable and friendly with a great sense of humor. It was a wonderful tour to see the sites of old Quebec and learn about the people, history, and architecture. Highly recommended

Amazing guide and driver. Took their time to explain all important places. Would recommend the tour for all.

Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and interesting.