Google Map of walking
This walking tour is fantastic. Open the
Google Map above and print it out. Take it with you and follow the
Walking Tour Part #1 (from Google Map)
1) Start at Auberge Aux Deux Lions (photo).
Turn right out of the Auberge and follow
Boulevard René Lévesque E for one block and then turn right on
Avenue Turnbull. Turn left on
Grande-Allée Est and then right on
Avenue Taché and stop at
Martello Tower #2 (photo)
This tower was built by the British to protect Quebec City from a
2) Take a few steps to
Joan of Arc Garden (photo1)
This is a very pretty place to sit and take in the surroundings. The
large open ground between the Garden and the River is the
Abraham. This is Quebec City's major park and is the site of
the battlefield of the Battle of Quebec between the French and the
British in 1759. The British prevailed and wrested Canada from the
French. Both Generals died in the battle.
3) Return to
Grande-Allée Est and turn right and walk toward the
Old City. Grande-Allée Est (photo)
is is a grand avenue that is home to many good restaurants and
beautiful buildings. Continue until you see the
Quebec Parliament Building and Tourny Fountain (photo)
by the traffic circle on your left.
4) Enter the old city walls through the
Saint-Louis Gate (photo).
You are now on Rue Saint-Louis (photo)
which is one of the more popular streets of the old city. Those that
enjoy military history and fortifications should take the detour to
Citadelle. Try to time it to see the changing of the guard.
5) Continue down Rue Saint-Louis. This is a very pretty street. Stop at
Aux Anciens Canadiens (photo).
This restaurant has great lunch specials and specializes in
traditional Canadian food. The lunch special includes beer/wine,
appetizer or soup (try the Grandmother pea soup), entree (try the
meat pie!), and dessert for about $20. Great deal (menu).
Next to/behind the restaurant is the school and museum of the
Ursuline Convent. This is the oldest institution for learning for
women in North America.
6) Continue to the park/square
Place d'Armes (photo). This square was created for military
drill. It now a small park with a fountain named
monument to the faith (photo)
at its center.
The statue symbolizes the Faith and is a woman
holding a cross in the right hand and a palm in her left.
You will commonly see numerous horse drawn carriages surrounding the
7) Walk past the famous
Chateau Frontenac (photo)
Champlain Statue (photo).
Turn right and take a stroll along the boardwalk
Terrasse Dufferin. Sit and enjoy the awesome view of the
St. Lawrence River below the cliff.
8) Take the funiculaire (photo1)
(video) down to the lower city. Begin walking down Rue du Petit-Champlain (photo).
This is a very pretty street filled with shops and restaurants. Be
sure to stop at Parc Felix-Leclerc (photo1)
to listen to street musicians (video) and to take in your surroundings.
Continue to the end of Rue du Petit-Champlain and take a hard left
9) Walk down
Boulevard Champlain and be sure to stop at Cochon Dingue (crazy pig)
if you have not had lunch yet. The food is very good (photo)
and the sidewalk vibe just can't be beat (photo).
10) Turn left on Rue du
Cul de Sac (photo).
Turn left on Rue Notre Dame and come to Rue Sous le Fort. Turn left
to take in a very pretty clock with a view of the funiculaire (photo).
Turn right to follow Rue Sous le Fort to the Royal Battery
overlooking the river.
11) Go back to Rue Notre
Dame and follow it to the stunning Place Royale (photo).
This is the oldest spot in Quebec. Be sure to see Notre-Dame-des-Victoires
Place Royale is also home to a Louis IV statue that was a gift from
Be sure to stop and listen to street musicians near the
Quebec City Mural (video).
12) Continue on Rue Notre
Dame and turn left on
Côte de la Montagne. Begin to climb this curvy road back up to the
upper city. Be sure to stop to admire the fantastic multi-story
Quebec City Mural from above (photo).
You will pass a stairway to the lower city on your left (photo).
Continue up Côte de la Montagne through the Prescott Gate (photo)
and enter Parc Montmorency on your right. This parc offers stunning
views of the river below (photo).
Walking Tour Part #2 (from Google Map)
13) Walk through
Parc Montmorency to the Cannons overlooking the river (photo).
Continue to the far end of the parc to the Marie Rollet statue (photo).
Leave the parc and follow Rue de Buade to Rue du Trésor. Turn left
and admire the artwork in this makeshift outdoor gallery (photo).
14) Continue on Rue de
Buade to the quaint
Place de l'Hotel-De-Ville
(City Hall Plaza). This cobblestoned plaza (photo)
is bounded by Rue des Jardins and
Côte de la Fabrique. See Quebec City Hall (photo)
at the west end of the plaza.
15) Walk up Rue des
Jardins and turn right on Rue Sainte Anne. Pass the historic Hotel
on your left and continue past the fountains along City Hall. Turn
Rue Pierre Olivier Chauveau and walk down the hill to
16) Turn left on pretty
Rue Saint-Jean (photo)
and walk to the Saint-Jean Gate (photo).
Pass through the gate and visit Place D'Youville and Le Capitole
17) Turn left on
Avenue Honoré Mercier and walk past Kent Gate on your
18) Turn right on
Boulevard René-Lévesque Est and follow it up the hill
back to Auberge Aux Deux