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Fortifications

Fortification wall © David Ohmer
Fortification wall © David Ohmer

Guided walking tours of the three mile (5km) wall surrounding the Old City of Quebec trace the evolution of the city's defence system across three centuries. The walls were built between 1608 and 1871 as part of the fortifications in the area, which was the region's main colonial stronghold. The walls are set with interpretation panels and can be explored independently.

Following the walls is a wonderful way to explore the old city and visitors will pass many interesting sights in the historic centre along the way, including the Esplanade Powder Magazine. Quebec is the only surviving fortified city in North America and this fact contributed to its being named a World Heritage City.

Address: 100 Rue Saint-Louis (tours depart from the Frontenac kiosk, Dufferin Terrace)

Website: www.pc.gc.ca/fortifications