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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.
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
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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Enjoy the view!
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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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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Château Frontenac And Dufferin Terrace
Though a mere 100 years old, Quebec's world-renowned Chateau Frontenac claims to be the most photographed hotel in the world and is certainly the city's hallmark building. The Dufferin Terrace is a huge boardwalk that is crammed with tourists in good weather taking a scenic stroll.
A good workout on the Promenade des Gouverneurs
The west end of the boardwalk becomes the Promenade des Gouverneurs, with a warning sign of 310 steps edging along the cliffs next to the thick Citadel stone wall and leading towards the highest point in Quebec, Cap Diamant.
Statue of Samuel de Champlain in Upper Town
This monument to Samuel de Champlain was erected in 1898, honouring the founder of Quebec, the governor of New France and discoverer of the Great Lakes. He saw the military and commercial importance of this site and established a town here in 1608 for New France.
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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.
The boardwalk with the stunning view of the river
Terrasse Dufferin (Dufferin Terrace) is the wide boardwalk along the cliff in Upper Town, and has a panoramic view of the St. Lawrence River. It was built in 1878 by the governor of Canada Lord Dufferin.
It is a great place for a good stroll, people-watching, and watching the sunrise. Lots of street performers line along the boardwalk in the summer.
The war heroes monument across from the boardwalk
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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Check out the sweeping views!
The view from Upper Quebec down over Lower Quebec and the St. Lawrence River and even beyond to the Laurentian Mountains is beautiful!
The best views are from the Terrasse Dufferin boardwalk in Upper Town, allowing you to take in rooftops, sailboats and mountains all in one gaze.
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The Terrasse Duferin is a beautiful wooden promenade in front of the Chateau Frontenac, it is a great place for people watching by sitting on one of the many benches that line it.
And its perfect for posing and looking posh, taking in the views over the St Laurent river
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!
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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