Old Quebec City #1 walking tour

$57.50 $57.50

Are you planning a visit to Quebec City? Walking the streets of Old Quebec City is a must! Our Tourist Scavenger Hunt takes you from the Chateau Frontenac to the Civilization Museum, up Parliament Hill, and every attraction in between them.

You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. As well, you will learn a little history and other interesting facts such as the best restaurants along the way.

The Old Quebec City Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.6 km / 2.9 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 3 hours to complete.

  • A fun learning experience
  • See the sights! 38 locations seen
  • Learn some local history
  • Challenge your knowledge
  • 32 varied challenges
  • Fun for all ages, kids included
  • Walk at your own pace: 4.6 km / 2.9 mi
  • Not easily accessible to wheelchairs and strollers
  • Pet friendly throughout
  • Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule
  • Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt
  • Also available in French

Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

Tour #1 differs from tour #2 in 2 ways: first, the start and end locations are at a different point in the loop, near the Chateau Frontenac Hotel; second, the challenges are completely different on both tours. However, the circuit and stories told are the same.

Scroll below for additional details, including locations seen, and how to start the activity.

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Description

Are you looking for things to do in Quebec City? The Old Quebec City Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.6 km / 2.9 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take 3 hours to complete, and ends near the start location.

Click here for this tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You’ll also find there the complete list of locations seen.

What you’ll see

  • Chateau Frontenac
  • Old Port
  • Public Market of the Old Port
  • Parliament Hill and National Assembly
  • Palais Train Station
  • Le Petit Champlain
  • Civilisation Museum
  • Place Royale
  • Capitole de Québec
  • Place Jean-Pelletier
  • Old Fortified City Gates
  • Espace 400e
  • Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica-Cathedral
  • Place Royale
  • Royal Battery
  • Montmorency Park
  • Old Quebec Funicular

We have visited Quebec many times over the years and tested this scavenger hunt in June 2018.

This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of DIFFICULT. There are a few steep inclines and staircases which are not readily accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

The ideal group size is between 2 and 6 people – but is not restricted to this.

Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.

After purchase, to begin your hunt through Old Quebec, you will need to go outside of 10 Rue Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1R 4S7, in front of the Samuel de Champlain statue next to Chateau Frontenac. This is the start location.

Once there, log in to this website and begin your hunt, or go to My Account for instructions.

Alternatively, you can access “My Account” and follow the instructions there.

Never hesitate to contact us if you experience any difficulties.

Ancient History

Quebec City, on the St. Lawrence River, was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. The old city is fortified by ramparts and many doors to protect its citizens. It is one of the oldest cities in North America.

Quebec City is the Capital of the province of Quebec, the only French-speaking province in Canada. It has a population of over 800,000 in its metropolitan community. Previously, it has been the capital of New France, Lower Canada, and, for a short time, United Canada.

Its name comes from the Algonquin word, Kebec, meaning “where the river narrows”. Earlier, Jacques Cartier met an Iroquois settlement on this site when he discovered it officially for François 1st, King of France, in 1535. Their village was called Stadacone.

During his third trip in 1541, his men discovered small white stones they believe to be diamonds, on the current Cap-aux-Diamants. This is where Parliament Hill and Old Quebec stand. However, it was only quartz.

It is only 60 years later that Samuel de Champlain launched the colonization of Quebec and Quebec City itself.

Recent History

The French occupied New France until 1759 when the siege of Quebec, then the Battle of the Plains of Abraham handed the capital over to the British troops.

Quebec City was later attacked by Americans in 1775, just before the American Revolution, in which some “loyalist” Canadians took part in support of the British.

Quebec shared with Toronto the title of capital of United Canada from 1859 to 1865 before transferring definitively to Ottawa. In 1864, the “Quebec Conference” was held here where the Canadian confederation was discussed and prepared. It is finalized in 1867.

The current condition of the fortifications is largely due to Lord Dufferin, Governor General of Canada. By 1872 he wanted Quebec to attract tourists from Europe. He, therefore, ordered the preservation and reconstruction of the city’s fortifications, not for its defense, but for its embellishment.

Because of its position, Quebec hosted an average of 30,000 immigrants annually from 1830 onward.

The Quebec Bridge finally linked Quebec City to Levis on the south shore in 1917, making it easier to cross, and to travel by train to other destinations.

Additional information

Star location

outside of 10 Rue Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1R 4S7, in front of the Samuel de Champlain statue next to Chateau Frontenac

End location

at the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica, 1 block from the Chateau Frontenac (the start location)

Sights

38 sites can be seen: important buildings, monuments, plazas & attractions

Challenges

32 varied challenges – all answers are available in front of your on-site, outdoors.

Distance

4.6 kilometers / 2.9 miles

Duration

2 to 3 hours at normal walking pace

Required

Fully charged smartphone with internect access (data plan with LTE, 4G or 3G)

6 reviews for Old Quebec City #1 walking tour

  1. Anastasia Tokar

    ***** (5 stars on Groupon)
    Anastasia, 25 April 2019

  2. Stéphanie Therrien

    ***** (5 stars on Groupon)
    Stephanie, 24 July 2019

  3. Melissa Lagacé

    ** (2 stars on Groupon)
    There are typos in the instructions and some of the answer key is wrong for some questions. We didn’t finish our scavenger hunt because we got discouraged.
    Melissa, 25 July 2019

    • titantourisme

      Thank you for letting us know – we’ve now completely reviewed it and made it better.

  4. Renata Catenacci

    ***** (5 stars on Groupon)
    Very good directions! And so informative:) a great way to see the city. Also great for kids!
    Renata, Aug.28 2019

  5. Charlene Anderson

    *** (3 stars on TripAdvisor)
    We found it very confusing to login and got charged twice. I’m hoping that will be corrected. The scavenger hunt itself was interesting. We only finished half tho but it did help lead us around the city. It’s nice that’s it’s self lead so we could stop or veer off as we wanted. I’d recommend it but be careful of the sign up.
    Charlene, Oct.14, 2019

  6. Mathilde

    ***** (5 stars on Groupon)
    We did it in French, in the middle of winter (everything was frozen) and at night. We stopped midway, at the train station. Despite a sign to decode which wasn’t there, we did find everything and had lots of fun. I guessed right for the signers in the parc which was buried under snow. A fun time!!!
    Mathilde, 1 April 2020

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