Terrasse Dufferin, Quebec

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    Dufferin Terrace

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 9, 2013

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    This walkway stretches along the cliff walls of the old city with great views of the lower old town and the Saint Lawrence river below. It's also the main tourist area of Quebec with street performers and vendors lining the walkway.

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    Enjoy the view!

    by Jefie Updated Dec 22, 2012

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    Walking along Terrasse Dufferin, Quebec City
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    Named after Lord Dufferin, the 3rd Governor General of Canada, this boardwalk runs from the Chateau Frontenac to the steps leading to the Citadelle and offers a splendid view of the St. Lawrence River. There is plenty of activity going on at all time on the Terrasse: during summer, visitors will be entertained by talented and funny street performers; during winter, you won't want to miss the chance of sliding down in a tobogan, something people have been doing since the end of the 19th century. Terrasse Dufferin also becomes one of the city's favorite gathering spot during the winter carnival. The funicular that goes down to the Quartier Petit-Champlain also departs from the Terrasse.

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    UNESCO Monument

    by mim95 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    UNESCO Monument (near left bottom)

    The monument commemorates Old Quebec declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1985. It is made of bronze, granite and glass.

    Quebec City is the first North American city to be added to the list because it is the only remaining walled city north of Mexico.

    Quebec City is one of the thirteen World Heritage Sites located in Canada. There are a total of 754 sites around the world.

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    Terrasse Dufferin

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 6, 2008

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    Terrasse Dufferin and the St Lawerence River
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    The Terrasse Dufferin is a wonderful area for a scenic stroll. It is usually full of people and offers a great view over the St. Lawrence River. In the summer you will find artists and entertainers here. At the end of the Terrasse is the funicular that takes visitors to the Rue de Petit Champlain and to the Place Royal.

    Lord Dufferin, one time governor general of Canada, authorized the building of this terrace in 1879.

    It is interesting to note that some of the cannons on display here once belonged to the Russian Army. They were captured during the Crimean War and given to the British government, who in turn placed them here in Quebec.

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    Archaeology dig

    by tiabunna Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    With the 400th anniversary celebrations of Québec coming up not long after our visit, there has been an ongoing flurry of activity to retrieve as much of the historical background to the city as possible prior to the big event.

    Near the Frontenac Hotel, teams of researchers were undertaking a major archaeological dig. The site was under part of the Terrace Dufferin near the Hotel Frontenac, a very historic site if history is counted as building activity! At different times this area has had several forts, all bearing the name Saint-Louis, and two châteaux by the same name which were the residence of the Governors of New France. The first fort was built in 1620 by Samuel de Champlain, the final château was lost to fire in 1834. Subsequently the site has been vacant, but it was disturbed to some extent during construction of the Hotel Frontenac in 1892 and by construction of the Terrace Dufferin.

    We were fascinated to see the archaeologists at work. No wonder they were busy, it seems the concept was to have the exposed remnants of the former buildings on display as a major feature for the 400th anniversary celebrations. By now the results should be waiting for your inspection!

    Main photo: Archaeologists at work
    Second photo: Archaeologist recording details
    Third, fourth photos: Old building footings

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    Boardwalk

    by lazyman_1 Written Mar 3, 2008

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    Known as le Terrasse Dufferin, the terrace starts at the base of the Chateau Frontenac and extends hundreds of meters overlooking the river. In the summertime this is a great place to visit for the views over the water and the Chateau. There is also a walkway that extends around and into the Plains of Abraham that makes for a nice walk.

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    The ice slide

    by mattreider Written Jan 2, 2008

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    From the top!

    The area in front of the Chateau is the tourist trap area. Luckily, it is cold enough, and the Canadians are nice enough, that the tourist traps are cheap in winter. You can get a snow-cooled maple-sugar fix for a couple of bucks, and a trip down the ice slide is the same price. Of course, you have to drag the toboggan up the hill yourself.

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    Terrasse Dufferin

    by King_Golo Written Nov 26, 2007

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    Terrasse Dufferin

    Terrasse Dufferin is the long plaza located behind Hotel Château Frontenac. It's a good place to hang out after a lot of sightseeing or walking and you can enjoy some great views from up there. Directly opposite the terrace, but a mile away on the other side of St. Lawrence River is Lévis where you can get the world's best ice-cream. Further to your left you can see Île d'Orléans and - provided the visibility is good enough - the waterfall of Montmorency. Far below you, ships traverse on St. Lawrence River. All in all, a place that must not be missed!

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    Terrasse Dufferin

    by Dabs Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    Just outside the Chateau Frontenac is a boardwalk that has a lovely view of the St. Lawrence River across to the town of Levis on the other side. While we were there, street performers, part of the Festival d'Ete, were performing at one end of the Terrasse, I imagine you will find street performers here during the summer months even without the festival as it was a perfect spot for it. Apparently you can take the walkway all the way to the Citadel but we only walked the section near the Chateau.

    If you want to catch the funicular to take you down to the Lower Town, it's located here or if you want to walk, the stairs to get down to the Lower Town are nearby as well.

    The terrace is named for Lord Dufferin, governor of Canada from 1872 to 1878 who had the walkway built in 1878.

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    Dufferin Boardwalk

    by brazwhazz Written Apr 1, 2006

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    Frontenac Castle, as seen from Dufferin Boardwalk

    The Dufferin Boardwalk was built in 1879 at the request of the governor general of Canada, Lord Dufferin (!). It is one of the most pleasant places to talk a walk in Quebec City, as it overlooks the St. Lawrence River and the town of Levis on the south shore. It also has one of the best views of the Chateau Frontenac (Frontenac Castle).

    In the winter, there is a toboggan chute operating from the end of the boardwalk, which can be fun for kids of all ages!

    P. S. I recently read that some of the cannons on the boardwalk bear the Russian arms. That would be because they were seized by British forces during the Crimean War and later donated to Quebec City. I will certainly check this out during my next visit.

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    One of the best 100 squares in the world

    by Assenczo Written Oct 31, 2005

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    Monument to the Founder

    Taking a picture with Samuel de Chmplain (or rather his sculptural incarnation) in the gusts of ocean air during a clear day must be a special moment. At least this is how I felt it. Location is superb, the views even better and the crowds are managable.

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    Terrasse Dufferin Area

    by cfuentesm Written Oct 13, 2005
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    In front of Chateau Frontenac you'll find this plaza that is like the center of the old town. Great views of the river, of the Frontenac Castle and the old port. You can also take a horse carriage ride.

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    Tabagonning

    by jamiesno Written Feb 6, 2005

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    Tabagon Run in front of the Chateau Frontenac!

    During the winter only obviously will you find this. But in front of the Chateau Frontenac you will find a great tabagon run.

    For just a couple of dollars Canadian you get a tabagon, you get to drag it up a large hill and you get the rush of riding it back down.

    I can only imagine what the wind chill would be coming down but people certainly seemed to be having a blast doing it.

    By clicking on the link I have provided you can see the video I took of this activity. You will need Real Player from www.real.com to view the video :-)

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    Promenade des Gouverneurs

    by ChuckG Written Jan 17, 2004

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    Terrasse Dufferin

    The Promenade des Gouverneurs goes along the fortified wall from the funicular entrance (by the castle) all the way to the Citadel. It's a wonderful walk along the St-Laurent river which bring you back in time.

    All along the large wooden walkway, there are parks and plaques explaining what happened in each location.

    On the picture below, you can see in the background the structure of the tobbogan ice ramp which has been in use for more than 50 years every winter.

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    The war heroes monument across from the boardwalk

    by mim95 Written Nov 26, 2003

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    Wolfe-Montcalm Monument

    The Wolfe-Montcalm Monument honoured both the British (Wolfe) and French (Montcalm) generals who died in the battle in 1759. The limestone/marble obelisk is 20 meters tall and was initially completed in 1828, rebuilt in 1869.

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