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Quebec City Helicopter Tour
"After meeting at the ticket office in Quebec City at your chosen departure time you’ll be driven to the heliport for your helicopter tour. Aboard a 4- to 6-person state-of-the-art helicopter soar over Quebec City for 12-15 minutes and admire incredible aerial views of Old Quebec and its fortifications. Spot Château Frontenac Cap Diamant the Plains of Abraham Ile d'Orléans and the bridges spanning the mighty St Lawrence River. You’ll fly over all the must-see natural wonders and popular urban areas of this 17th-century capital city. Your expert pilot will provide interesting and informative commentary
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"Quebec City Its River and Its Landscape Helicopter Tour""Enjoy a truly breathtaking sightseeing experience on a 30-minute “Québec City Its River Its Landscapes” tour. Along with all the City Tour attractions including the Québec bridges the Plains of Abraham
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Quebec City Walking Tour
"Conducted year-round rain or shine this walking tour starts in the Upper Town district of Old Quebec and finishes in the Lower Town. You'll discover Quebec City's history from 1608 to present on this enjoyable walking tour. While listening to the entertaining and informative commen you'll gain a sense of the day-to-day lives of the people who have lived in this lovely fortress city over the centuries. You will visit sites such as the Quebec Citadel Chateau Frontenac Quebec fortifications Basilica Notre-Dame
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Funiculaire du Vieux Quebec Tips (15)

Funicular of Old Quebec

When you just don't have enough energy to make it back up to the upper city from the lower, at the end of Petit Champlain is this Funicular to get you up there for $1.5 Canadian. Definitely give it a try for at least one trip for the great views

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May 31, 2013


This is the easiest way to go between the Lower and Upper Towns. It goes from la Place des Armes (near the Terrasse Dufferin) in the Upper Town and the Louis Jolliet House at le Quartier du Petit Champlain in the Lower Town.

16, Petit-Champlain
Québec G1K 4H4

It dates back to 1879, created by William Griffith. In 1907, Alexander Cummings electrified it. It costs $1.75 per person (Canadian), and runs from early in the morning until near midnight (see website for exact times).

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Oct 15, 2009

Funicular: Vertical cable car

Old Quebec is quite hilly and some parts are quite steep, so it can get very tiring walking around all day. Luckily, they have a funicular, which is made up of two cars run by cables and a pulley to go up and down steep slopes. It was first built in1879, and has undergone a few reconstructions since. The funicular goes 195 feet high, and the Chateau Frontenac is right at the top. It costs $1.75 to ride one way, but it can save a lot of time, since it only takes about a minute to go each way, and energy, especially for people who have a little more trouble getting around or for people with young kids. There is a very nice view while riding the funicular and from the top. It is worth experiencing at least once, since there are only a handful of operational duniculars in North America.

Address: 16 Petit-Champlain St

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Sep 04, 2007


This unique funiculaire is located at Louis Jolliet House on 16 Petit-Champlain Street. It costs $1.50 (2005) to travel from near Place Royale to The Dufferin Terrace near the Ch?teau Frontenac or vice versa. It is a quick and far less tiring than walking up the cliffs. It also presents quite a view as it comes down on a 45 degree angle.

The Funiculaire began operation in 1879 under the direction of William Griffith. It was originally a steam operated system that changed to an electrical one. The house that the funiculaire leaves from is Louis-Jolliet House that was built in 1683 by architect Baillif for Louis-Jolliet, discoverer of the Mississipi.

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Dec 11, 2005
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Cable car in Old Quebec

The steep cliff that exists in the heart of Quebec City divides the town into two parts, an upper and lower part. The upper part has the Le Chateau Frontenac and the cathedral and comprises Old Quebec; the lower part has the town's oldest street situated within the Quartier Petit Champlain. Walking downhill is easy, but walking uphill is hard. Conveniently there is a cable car that you can ride. The cost is $1.50 one way per person. I suggest you use it to go uphill.

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Sep 19, 2005

Take the funicular!

This is a really unique way of getting around. Quebec's unique funicular has been shuttling people around at an angle of 45 degrees between upper and lower town since 1879. The lower entrance is located inside the mansion Louis-Jolliet, 16, rue du Petit Champlain near Place Royale. The upper entrance is on the Dufferin Terrace, near the Frontenac Castle. The only funicular of its kind in North America affords a breathtaking panorama of the Saint Lawrence coastline.

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Jun 07, 2005

The Famous Funiculaire

Most people put the Funiculaire under must see activities and rightfully so it is a fun ride. You can find the Funiculaire entrances in front of the Chateau Frontenac and in the Quartier Petit Champlain district. You will get a great view but not neccessarily the best views of the city. I'll give you some great tips on view points.

For me the Funiculaire was a great tool to get from point A, to Point B. Old Quebec is build on cliff sides and it was done this way for militaristic reasons back during its origins. So it makes for some very steps walks up and down.

You can get the idea in this picture I created. One side shows all the steps to get down versus the quick ride back up on the Funicularie for $1.5 CDN, you can't beat it :-)

I do highly recommend though that you do walk down to the Quarter Petit Champlain district at least once because there is a lot to see along the way, it is a beautiful walk. I did do this but later when I wanted to return for specific shops or tasks it was much more efficient to just hope on the Funiculaire!

On April 1879, work began under the direction of the owner, William Griffith. On November 17, regular operation commenced. At that time, a tourist guide compiled by the abbey Louis Beaudet said : "A Funicular transports you from Sous le Fort Street under Dufferin Terrace to the extremity of Ste-Anne Street. It is the attraction of our City".

In 1907 took place a complete reorganization of the Company and the Funicular.

The new Company bought the Louis-Jolliet House and the land annexed (where a monument is erected now). This house was built in 1683 by architect Baillif for Louis-Jolliet, discoverer of the Mississipi, who occupied it until his death in 1700. Louis-Jolliet was the first Quebec-born Canadian to make history. The Company changed also the steam system for an electrical one and covered the Funicular.

In 1997, the Funicular was rebuilt. This is the only Funicular of this type in Canada.

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Feb 05, 2005

Ride the Funicular

Rather than "breaking your neck" on the stairs, you can pay CAD$1.50 (one-way) to ride the funicular. The entrance at the top is along the Terrasse Dufferin outside Chateau Frontenac (look for the green and white awning building); at the bottom it's in Petit Champlain.

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Achy Feet - Go Funiculaire

If you want a fast and easy way to get to the Chateau Frontenac take the funiculaire. This system has been moving people between the upper town and lower town since 1879. The upper entrance is on Dufferine Terrace and the lower entrance is on Rue de la Petit Champlain.

Small fees apply.

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Jul 28, 2004

Funicular - the short-cut back up to Upper Town

The funicular has been operating since 1879, serving as a quick transportation system linking the Upper Town and Lower Town. It is the only funicular of this kind in Canada.

Although the minute-ride is quite expansive at $1.50 one way, it is a good alternative to climb the Escalier Casse-Cou and Escalier Frontenac.

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Nov 24, 2003

funiculi funicula!

Le funi, funiculaire (English: funicular) is the way to go down from the Château Frontenac (already in Old Quebec) to the lower part of Old Quebec, just underneath the Château.

Take the funicular besides the Château, on the Duffering Terrace, and you'll land in the area called "Petit Champlain", on the St.Lawrence and filled with boutiques, restaurants and cafes. More tourists than you can imagine. A theater, good singers, if you want to get in the swing of things French. Place Royale, renovated to look like Louis XIV is still important, etc.

my daughter and grandson are standing by the first discotheque I ever went to, where I used to dance away the night... with her father. But I always drove home in my Mini. Free! :-)

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Nov 19, 2003

Le Funiculaire

Le Funiculaire is a unique elevator that goes up & down between the old port and the rest of the city. If you're taking it for the first time try to get in last so that you'll be right up against the lower window to take spectactular photos of the scene below.

The cost is $1.50 per person each way.

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Nov 09, 2003

Things to Do Near Quebec

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Grande Allee

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Plains of Abraham (Battlefields Park)

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Quebec Experience

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Musee de l'Amerique Francaise

The Musée de l'Amérique francophonei s the oldest museum in all of Canada. It was founded in 1663 by Monseigneur de Laval. It is the dedicated to the history of French culture in North America. The...
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Terrasse Dufferin

Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood was Lord Dufferin’s full name – try filling that out on a border control form! From 1872 to 1878, Lord Dufferin served as the third Governor General of...
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Rue du Tresor

This is where French colonists used to come to pay their annual tax. The street lost that function with the cession of New France to Britain and the street became a side alley. In the 1960’s when...
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Getting to Quebec


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