The Notre-Dame is one of several stops as part of the Bury Your Dead walking tour.
First aired on Breakaway (15/04/13)
A Quebec City walking tour company is launching a new jaunt around the city this summer based on Louise Penny's sixth novel in the Armand Gamache murder mystery series, Bury Your Dead.
"It's such a spectacular city," said Penny shortly after launching the book in Oct. 2010. "How could you not set -- as Hitchcock realized -- a murder here?"
Starting in June, visitors can go on a two-hour walking tour following "the trail of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he investigates the murder of a local amateur archeologist, who body was found in the cellar of the Quebec Literary and Historical Society," according to Tours Voir Quebec's website.
Marie, one of the company's guides, and her husband received the book as a gift two years ago. They both loved the story, and her husband suggested it would make a great walking tour, she said in a recent interview on CBC's Breakaway.
"Right from the start, we thought that it would make a wonderful tour," she said. "Not only for the geography, but also because the man is so interesting and he sees Quebec in such a positive and beautiful way -- that even Quebec winters become warm."
The tour includes the:
- Notre-Dame Basilica.
- Literary and Historical Society, also known as the Morrin Centre.
- Petit Coin Latin restaurant.
- Jeanne d'Arc Garden.
- Plains of Abraham.
- Montcalm monument.
The book is so popular that the Morrin Centre has already sky-rocketed in TripAdvisor ratings to being the seventh best attraction in Quebec City.
Penny is pleased with the tour taking place in what she calls "the most beautiful city in North America."
"Really it's about the culture and history of Quebec," she said. "So, that's what I love about this tour, [that it] is really reflecting that."