Artillery Park

Artillery Park

Ready! Aim! Fire! Real musket demonstrations and audio guide walking tours of officers' quarters and the arsenal foundry let you bear witness to the French occupation and British presence that shaped our history. Check out the huge scale model of Quebec City as it used to be, over 200 years ago.

Activities

Watch a Real Musket Demonstration

Wouldn't you like to have been a musketeer – not one with funny ears, but a genuine musket-wielding soldier of the French Compagnies franches? A musketeer had to be brave, cool in the face of the enemy and very quick to load his musket. Wait until you see how complicated it is to load a musket from the 1700s and then imagine doing it for real in a battle. Soldiers went through many steps to load their musket, to ready it, steady it, to aim and fire. Watch how it's done and smell the black powder just as the soldiers of Québec did all those years ago.

Participate in Audio Guided Walking Tours

On your visit to Artillery Park, you'll meet many colourful characters. Listen to the audio tour which brings the park to life.

How much time will I need?

  • About 1 hour

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special equipment is needed. Make sure to bring your camera and comfortable walking shoes.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes

When's the best time to do this?

  • Daytime from early July to early September

Check Out the Huge Scale Model of Québec City

Imagine it's early in the 1800s and you are in Québec and you want to show the military authorities in England what Québec City looks like, right down to the houses, the forts and the trees. You don't have a camera because they haven't been invented. What do you do? You make a scale model. It will take a very long time, but when you're done, you might have something like the one that was sent to London in 1810. When it was originally built, it was almost 10 metres long – that's about the length of a school bus. A draftsman and an engineer worked together to make this virtual representation of the way the city looked all those years ago. Compare it to the city today. Many of those buildings are still here!

How much time will I need?

  • About 30 minutes

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special equipment is needed. Make sure to bring your camera.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes

When's the best time to do this?

  • Daytime from early May to early September

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