Quebec City audio tour: Place Royale & Petit-Champlain: Discover the Birthplace of Quebec City

Place Royale & Petit-Champlain: Discover the Birthplace of Quebec City

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Quebec’s founders, and track down the precise place where the city's history began on this walking tour.

At the start of our walk, I’ll share the rich history of one of the most beautiful streets in Canada, rue du Petit-Champlain. From there, you’ll be able to better understand the challenges of conservation and restoration that this heritage ensemble faces, and learn about particular elements of New France’s architecture.

Along the way, I’ll help you visualize the transformation of the urban fabric of the oldest part of Quebec City. From the arrival of the Filles du Roy to Félix Leclerc, this tour is an intimate way of exploring the history of this neighborhood’s past and present. Glimpse the echoes of the past by exploring a bustling pedestrian area rich in history at the foot of Cap Diamant.

Tour Producer


Sébastien Ivers

"English follows."

Je vis à Québec et j'ai étudié l'histoire ici, à l'Université Laval. J'ai commencé à travailler comme guide touristique en 1997 tout en étudiant et j'ai décidé de continuer à travailler dans le tourisme afin de partager ma passion pour l'histoire et les langues avec chaque visiteur que j'aurais la chance de rencontrer. En 2004, j'ai fondé ma propre compagnie de guides touristiques, Tours Voir Québec, et je la dirige toujours aujourd'hui. Au fil des ans, en ajoutant des ressources précieuses à l'entreprise, nous avons pu développer une large gamme de circuits et nous travaillons toujours à en développer davantage. Depuis de nombreuses années, Tours Voir Québec est salué par les principaux revendeurs de circuits touristiques, comme Tripadvisor et Get Your guide, comme étant la première entreprise de visites guidées à pied urbaines au Canada. J'espère que ma passion pour notre ville et ses environs se manifestera dans les différentes visites audio que je propose sur Voicemap. Bonnes découvertes!

I live in Quebec city and I studied history here, at the Laval University. I started working as a tour guide in 1997 while stuying and decided to keep working in tourism in order to share my passion for history and languages with every visitor I would have the chance to meet. In 2004, I founded my own tour guide company, Tours Voir Québec, and I still operate it today. Over the years, by adding precious resources to the company, we have been able to develop a wide range of tours and we are still working to develop more. Since many years, Tours Voir Québec is praised by major tour resellers, like Tripadvisor and Get Your guide, as being the number one city walking tour company in Canada. I hope that my passion for our city and its surroundings will show in the different audio-tours I am offering on Voicemap. Enjoy!

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Major Landmarks

  • Petit-Champlain Street

  • Place Royale

  • Urban Art

  • Birthplace of Quebec City

  • Notre-Dame-Des Victoires church

  • Royal Battery

  • UNESCO Park

Directions to Starting Point

This audio-tour starts at the bottom of the "Casse-cou" staircase, right by bottom part of the Funiculaire, at the corner of Petit-Champlain Street and Sous-le-fort Street. The Château Frontenac stands almost right above.

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Places to stop along the way

If the Notre-Dame-Des-Victoires church is open, I recommend to have a look at the interior. For a beautiful glimpse of vaulted cellars and to quench your thirst, step inside Pub Oncle Antoine. Don't hesitate to stop in boutiques along the way, many offer local authentic products.

Best time of day

This tour can be done at any time of the day, Quebec is a very safe city.


Wear comfortable shoes since the walk is mostly on cobblestone streets. Do not forget to dress well in winter.


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Place Royale & Petit-Champlain: Discover the Birthplace of Quebec City