Quebec City audio tour: The Heart of Old Quebec City: An Essential Guide to its Historical Treasures

The Heart of Old Quebec City: An Essential Guide to its Historical Treasures

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

Immerse yourself in the historical heart of Old Quebec on this audio walking tour. You’ll hear tales of Quebec’s founder, Samuel de Champlain, and take in spectacular views from the Dufferin Terrace boardwalk, in the shadow of Château Frontenac. While meandering through parts of the fortified city, you’ll see some of the architectural jewels in its UNESCO World Heritage Site crown, including Quebec City Hall, the Ursulines convent, the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, and the Seminary of Quebec.

While sharing my passion for history, I’ll show you the oldest house, the first jail, and the first school for girls in North America. I’ll tell you stories about the Battle of the Plains of Abraham and the evolution of the fortification wall. And I’ll help you make sense of what you see around the old and sometimes cobbled streets. By the end of your stroll through my beautiful town, we’ll have covered 400 years of history, visited the city’s most important sites, and some of its lesser-known ones too.

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

  • Upper old town

  • Chateau Frontenac

  • City Hall

  • St-Jean Street

  • Seminary's courtyard

  • Ursulines Monastery

Directions to Starting Point

The audio tour starts at the Tourist Information Center located at 12 Ste-Anne street, just across the park from Chateau Frontenac.

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Places to stop along the way

I recommend that you take a look inside the Maison de la littérature and to visit the Morrin Center, especially its famous library. I also strongly recommend that you go inside the Cathedral Notre-Dame of Quebec City.

Best time of day

The tour can be done at any time of the day


Some portions of the tour are moderately uphill.


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The Heart of Old Quebec City: An Essential Guide to its Historical Treasures