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Quebec City Helicopter Tour
"After meeting at the ticket office in Quebec City at your chosen departure time you’ll be driven to the heliport for your helicopter tour. Aboard a 4- to 6-person state-of-the-art helicopter soar over Quebec City for 12-15 minutes and admire incredible aerial views of Old Quebec and its fortifications. Spot Château Frontenac Cap Diamant the Plains of Abraham Ile d'Orléans and the bridges spanning the mighty St Lawrence River. You’ll fly over all the must-see natural wonders and popular urban areas of this 17th-century capital city. Your expert pilot will provide interesting and informative commentary
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"Quebec City Its River and Its Landscape Helicopter Tour""Enjoy a truly breathtaking sightseeing experience on a 30-minute “Québec City Its River Its Landscapes” tour. Along with all the City Tour attractions including the Québec bridges the Plains of Abraham
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Quebec City Walking Tour
"Conducted year-round rain or shine this walking tour starts in the Upper Town district of Old Quebec and finishes in the Lower Town. You'll discover Quebec City's history from 1608 to present on this enjoyable walking tour. While listening to the entertaining and informative commen you'll gain a sense of the day-to-day lives of the people who have lived in this lovely fortress city over the centuries. You will visit sites such as the Quebec Citadel Chateau Frontenac Quebec fortifications Basilica Notre-Dame
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The Fortifications of Quebec City

Favorite thing Quebec City is the only remaining fortified city in North America. The wall stretches around the old city for 4.6 km. The walls were built through out the 17th and early 19th century and were laid down in various styles as according to the military architecture of the period. As artillery became more powerful it was required to build even stronger fortifications. At the heart of the fortifications is the Citadel. This structure was built by the British in the 19th century to fend of any American invasion. Today the walls have managed to serve as a defensive barrier against the modern world and helped perserve the old town. You can climb much of the foritifications were you can take in vistas of the Viex Quebec and the St. Lawrance River.

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Martello Towers

Favorite thing This made for an interesting little piece of research when it came to building this page. A Martello Tower is basically a mini-fortress used extensively on the Mediterranean shores as a means of combatting piracy and providing harbour defences. Around the turn of the 18th-19th centuries the British adopted the idea and built several on the UK coast as part of the defence against the French.

As part of the British refortification of Quebec four towers were built, between 1808 and 1812, overlooking the St Lawrence River in response to the then threat from America. The design of the towers is very simple. They are built with three storeys and the only entrance is on the upper level, thus allowing the defenders to pull up the ladder and render the doorway inaccesible. The platform at the top was designed to house an artillery piece whilst small gunports allowed for rifle fire.

A typical garrison would have consisted of 20 men and an officer who would spend tours of a month based in the tower with all the provisions necessary to be self-sufficient. An interesting design feature is that the building has very thick western-facing walls whilst those facing the city had much thinner stonework. The reason for this was that attacks were expected from the west but should the tower be captured the thinner eastern walls would be easy to destroy by the city's artillery.

By 1820 the Americans were no longer a threat without the towers getting a chance to prove themselves. Tower #3 was demolished in in 1905 whilst the others have been restored by the National Battlefield Commission. The Plains of Abraham towers, #1 and #2, are now used as exhibition spaces.

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Oct 20, 2009

Look at the walls of the old...

Favorite thing Look at the walls of the old city -- this is a view looking down from Porte Dauphine. The difference between inside and outside the old walls is like a journey in time ...

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Jun 20, 2003
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Grande Allee

The Grande Allee is to Quebec what the Champs Elysees is to Paris. It's the "main drag", where things are happening. A broad avenue, it leads from the old walls to the outskirts of the city, past the...
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Plains of Abraham (Battlefields Park)

What Mount Royal is to Montreal and Central Park to New York City describes the relationship of the Plains of Abraham to the City of Quebec – a green living room only with a broad dose of history...
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Quebec Experience

Quebec Experience - A 3D spectacle of 30 mn. From 10AM to 10PM (15 May to 15 October). Alternatively in English and in French. Mainly 3D photographes with an astonishing mobile face on the left side,...
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Musee de l'Amerique Francaise

The Musée de l'Amérique francophonei s the oldest museum in all of Canada. It was founded in 1663 by Monseigneur de Laval. It is the dedicated to the history of French culture in North America. The...
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Terrasse Dufferin

Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood was Lord Dufferin’s full name – try filling that out on a border control form! From 1872 to 1878, Lord Dufferin served as the third Governor General of...
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Rue du Tresor

This is where French colonists used to come to pay their annual tax. The street lost that function with the cession of New France to Britain and the street became a side alley. In the 1960’s when...
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