Terrasse Dufferin

Terrasse Dufferin
In Old City Quebec, just below the Chateau Frontenac, you will find a lovely area known as Terrasse Dufferin. Terrasse Dufferin is a beautiful terrace along the St. Lawrence River in Qebec, built in 1879 under the direction of Lord Dufferin. The walkway extends for a long way down the St. Lawrence River, and if you care to extend your walk, there is also a walkway into the Plains of Abraham.

There are many interesting sights to take in as you stroll down the terrace even outside of the stunning views of the city and the river. o­ne of these sights are the cannons spread along the walkway. Several of these cannons were originally the property of the Russian government, but were captured by the British during the Crimean War. Also along the walkway you can find the original fortifications from the Upper City displayed, creating an interesting view of the history of Quebec.

Terrasse Dufferin
During the pretty summer months, you can often find entertainers and artists along the terrace, creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere. For several weeks in July and August, the Terrasse Dufferin also becomes the location for a large book fair known as Les Bouquinistes du Saint-Laurent. At many times throughout the year, the Terrasse Dufferin becomes a gathering place for much of Quebec for various festivals. From Terrasse Dufferin, you can also reach a funicular to take you to locations in Lower City such as Petit-Champlain and Place Royal. Overall, the Terrasse Dufferin offers a free way to explore both the panoramic beauty and the rich history of Old Quebec.