Everyone needs to take a Quebec City walking tour. Cobbled streets, 17th and 18th-century houses, a mixture of French and British influence, Québec City feels very European and is one of the most beautiful cities in Canada. While we highly suggest walking around Vieux-Québec (Old Québec) on your own and exploring the various streets and alleys, beginning your trip with a walking tour will give you a good starting point for your exploration of the city.
Walking tours have a way of making a city come alive in a way that a guidebook or iPhone/iPad app cannot. Tour guides have the ability to open your eyes to hidden details and answer questions about the history, culture, food, and people of a city. And in Québec, all tour guides have to pass an exam before being licensed by the city – no scams here!
**Québec City has a lot of hills, and taking a walking tour means you’ll be walking up and down these hills a couple times. If you have limited mobility it may be best to do a coach tours of the city instead.
Cicerone Walking Tours
There is nothing quite like a Quebec City walking tour with guides who are humorous, knowledgeable, and dressed in period costumes! Cicerone offers a walking tour of Vieux Québec daily in both English (10 am) and French (1 pm). This tour takes about 2 hours and costs $21.95 (plus taxes) per person (children 12 and under are free). Book by calling 1.855.977.8977.
There is an air of mystery that surrounds the founder of Québec, Samuel de Champlain. Like how his famous portrait is actually the portrait of somebody else, and how the location of his body is a mystery. It’s all very Da Vinci code. Except we’re in Québec, and the subject is Champlain. Of all the walking tours in Québec, Champlain’s Prophecy is a tour that appeals to scholars, and people who love a juicy mystery. This is not a regularly scheduled tour, so you will need to call 418.998.1000 to book.
Those looking for more scholarly walking tours in Québec should book with Mendel Tours. David Mendel is a historian and scholar who has written three books on Québec history, and as such he one of the city’s authorities on the finer details of Québec’s history and architecture. Mendel Tours offer two walking tours in Québec:
- Québec, World Heritage Site – 2.5 hours in length, $23/person plus $2 for Funicular
- British Influences – 2.5 hours in length, $28/person plus $2 for Funicular
*These tours are not guaranteed departures, they only run if there are a minimum of 15 participants booked.
Tours Voir Québec
History, architecture, culture, and food. Similar to other companies offering walking tours in Québec, Tours Voir Québec also has a walking tour of Vieux Québec that covers the history, architecture, and culture of the city. They also offer a fabulous food tour, as well as a ‘Bury Your Dead‘ tour based on the murder mystery book of the same title which was written by Louise Penny.
- The Grand Tour – 2 hours in length, $22.95/adult
- Food Tour – 2.5 hours in length, $42.95/adult
- Bury Your Dead – 2 hours in length, $34.79
Les Visites Fantômes de Québec
Looking for something different to do after the sun sets in Québec? One of the best walking tours in Québec is the ghost tour run by Les Visites Fantômes de Québec. These guided (in costume no less!) lantern tours of Old Québec delve into some the city’s juicier history. Tours run at 8:00 p.m. and cost $20/adult. The duration is about 90 mins.
Les Promenades Fantômes
This Quebec City walking tour is not your ordinary ghost tour, it’s the next level. Guides for The Original Ghost Walking Tour not only wear character costumes, but they have ghostly painted faces as well – which can sometimes be downright creepy. Those looking for creepier walking tours in Québec will not be disappointed. The Original Ghost Walking Tour offers three different (regular) tours:
- Crimes in New France – 90 minutes in length, $19.50/adult
- Legends and Superstitions – 1 hour 45 minutes in length, $19.50
- Interactive Crimes in New France (characters lurching in the shadows during the tour) – 2 hours in length, $24.50/adult
**prices in the post do not include taxes which are 14.975% in Québec