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Welcome to Fortifications


Guided walking tours of the three-mile (5km) long city wall that surrounds the old city of Québec trace the evolution of the city's defence system across three centuries. The walls are set with interpretation panels. Quebec is the only fortified city in North America and this fact contributed to its being named a World Heritage City. Visitors can also view the Esplanade Powder Magazine.

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100 Rue Saint-Louis (tours depart from the Frontenac kiosk, Dufferin Terrace)
C$3.90 (adults), C$1.90 (youths). Guided walk plus access to the Learning Center: C$9.80 (adults), C$4.90 (youths)
The official languages are English and French (predominantly in Quebec).

The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.

Opening Times
Daily from 10am to 6pm (16 May to 5 September); Daily from 10am to 5pm (6 September to 10 October); Open by reservation between October 12 to May 7
Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT -3.5 in the east.
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