We were told by our hotel reception about Funiculaire (it's a tram that takes you from the lower to upper old town). I was told that that there is a stair option but there are a lot of steps. I've seen lot worse in NYC subway.
The ride is not free - it's $1.75 per person and the ride takes about a minute.
The walkway isn't so bad... it's scenic and takes about 5 mins, but longer if you window shop. There are some great shops and restuarants. The stairs, I believe known as escalier casse cou is right next to the furniculaire
I would recommend putting the money towards a nice gelato and burning it off by taking the stairs. By the way, there is a cute little gelato/chocolate shop on rue du Petite Champlain. However, you may want to try a ride at least once.
Unique Suggestions I'm not sure if there are tourist traps in Quebec. Obviously, many parts of the town are geared towards tourists but I don't think there is anything that intentionally takes advantage of unwitting visitors.
I tend to stay away from group tours and guides. However, the carriage ride seemed very nice although I didn't try it. The old town is such a pretty city that I'm sure it just enhances the whole carriage ride experience, and you get the guided tour.
yeah, the funicular is a nice place, 2$( I think) to take it from upper city to downtown city, near Champlain Street.
Unique Suggestions Use the stairs, or the road to go in downtown, no waiting time, and you'll see some place other won't.
Fun Alternatives use your head, not your money :)