23165
Quebec

Walking and Hiking in Québec City

Take daily hikes across four centuries of history and French Canadian heritage in the urban UNESCO setting of Québec City with enjoying plenty of time for independent explorations.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 23165RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,049
Special Offer
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At a Glance

From the stunning architecture of the Old Town to the historical countryside of the “Nouvelle France” Orléans Island—explore some of the most beautiful and fascinating neighborhoods of Québec City and the surrounding parks and islands. You’ll have lots of time to continue exploring Québec on your own, sampling its world-renowned cuisine, language, architecture and culture.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking five to eight miles daily on varied terrain that includes steep hills, stairs, cobblestones, river banks and forest trails with loose dirt and rocks.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Walk through Plaines Abraham, a historic urban park in the heart of the city, and learn about the battle that took place there in 1759.
  • Hike to Chutes Montmorency to learn about the geological history of this 272-foot waterfall that descends into the Saint Lawrence River.
  • Explore Jacques-Cartier National Park with its beautiful glacial valley in the Laurentian Mountains.

General Notes

You might also be interested in the Winter version of this program, "The Wonders of Winter: Seasonal Adventures in Quebec City" (#24039). Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
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Judith Lavoie
In tune with her ancestors of the XVII century, Judith has explored every corner of the province, learning about the challenges of the first settlers and the role of nature in people’s traditions and culture. A professional outdoors instructor for many years, she is inspired by nature and her curiosity about history and culture. Blending physical activity and cultural experiences, Judith combines her passions to bring visitors in touch with the complex and diverse heritage of the region across the landscape and trails of Quebec.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Judith Lavoie
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