Historical Day | Québec, a Fortified City

News release

August 23, 2018– Québec– The National Battlefields Commission                    

The National Battlefields Commission invites the general public to attend its traditional historical day this year under the theme of Québec, a Fortified City. On Sunday, September 9 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Martello 1 Tower and surrounding area, discover how the city of Québec became fortified over time. History stations, entertainment and atmosphere of the times recreated through cannon shots and the gunfire of historical re-enactors await you. Families are invited to take advantage of this free and unique activity on the Plains of Abraham!

Quick facts

  • French naval troop soldiers present Québec’s defences in 1690, the year of the siege of Québec by Phips. Learn more about the first stockade that surrounded Upper Town.

  • With Charles Lévrard, the city’s master gunner, discover the artillery used by the French to defend the city in the 18th century.

  • Talk with Captain Seward about the construction of the Martello 1 Tower and the lives of the soldiers billeted there.

  • Chat with a militiaman and learn about the important contribution made by the general population to the construction of the fortifications of the city of Québec.

  • Watch a cannon being loaded by the Canonniers-Bombardiers de Québec and how a mortar is used by a unit of militia scouts.

  • Meet a cabinetmaker/carpenter and learn about fortification support structures. See a blacksmith make hinges, locks and large nails used to reinforce the doors to the city.

  • Speak with military engineer Chassegros de Léry, the man who designed the fortifications of Québec.

  • And more still…

  • Many thanks to Parks Canada (Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site) and the Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec for their participation in this event.

  • Information: 418 649-6157, information@ccbn-nbc.gc.ca

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Nathalie Allaire
Coordinator, Communication Services
The National Battlefields Commission
418 648-4801, nathalie.allaire@ccbn-nbc.gc.ca

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