Québec by Lantern Light | The National Battlefields Commission and Parks Canada present a new and unusual interactive guided tour

News Release

July 26, 2017 – Québec – The National Battlefields Commission and Parks Canada

The National Battlefields Commission and Parks Canada are jointly offering Québec by Lantern Light, a new, highly interactive walking tour from August 1 to 31, 2017. Learn about the daily lives of newcomers to Québec back in August of 1847. Put yourself in the shoes of the Irish fleeing famine and be among those who survived the crossing and are now trying to rebuild their lives. Along the way, meet strange characters reflecting troubled times in the city. Like these immigrants, face the realities of this military city. Will you be able to avoid pitfalls such as becoming a victim of fraud? Will you be able to carve out an enviable place in the colony for yourself? Tour mysterious places and enjoy breathtaking views!

Quick Facts

  • As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, The National Battlefields Commission and Parks Canada have pooled their expertise to diversify the summer services presently offered, creating an interactive guided tour inviting the population and tourists to explore the history interconnecting their respective sites.

  • Québec by Lantern Light is based on fact, and on characters who really existed. Discover unusual places such as the Glacière Bastion, the Pierre-Dugua-De-Mons Terrace and the Esplanade Powder Magazine. Themes explored include night life in Québec in 1847, naval construction, the timber trade, military life, public health and hygiene. Meet some extraordinary characters along the way. Follow your guide, Samuel Lemon (or his wife, Sarah Bowen) during your adventure, but beware of those who might try to betray your trust!

  • Mysterious locations, a walking tour through time, impressive scenery, five colourful characters and a fascinating story.

  • August 1 to 31, 2017. $18 / person, taxes included. Ages 13 and older. Departure from the Frontenac Kiosk (located on Dufferin Terrace). Daily departures in English (7:30 p.m.) and French (8 p.m.) and Duration of the tour: 90 minutes. Places limited; reservations required online or by telephone: theplainsofabraham.ca or 418 649-6157 / 1 855 649-6157. It is also possible to make a reservation in person between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. directly at the Frontenac Kiosk, and between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.  for a last minute reservation.

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Joanne Laurin
Director, Communications and Cultural and Heritage Production
The National Battlefields Commission
418 649-6251, joanne.laurin@ccbn-nbc.gc.ca

Kimberly Labar
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Quebec Field Unit
Parks Canada
418 648-4444, kimberly.labar@pc.gc.ca

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