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Dufferin Terrace

Open year round

A Breathtaking View

The Dufferin Terrace overlooks the St. Lawrence River right by the Château Frontenac. This terrace was built in 1838, next to the Saint-Louis Fort, which Champlain erected at the top of the cliff. Nowadays, you can admire the remnants of this first fort, revealed by archaeologists. The terrace owes its name to Lord Dufferin, the governor of Canada from 1872 to 1878. He is one of the few people who fought against the demolition of the fortifications, which we can still admire nowadays all around the city.

The terrace is by far the most visited tourist attraction in Québec City. In summer, you can see the water slowly run to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and in winter, you can see the ice fight against the current. From here, you will have a breathtaking view on the South shore, the Île d'Orléans, the Old-Port and, of course, the Château Frontenac, which is the most photographed hotel in the world.

All summer, the terrace is alive with street artists, musicians, mimes, one-man bands, and many others. You can also see the canons that were used to defend the city more than once throughout the centuries. Come see the Samuel de Champlain monument as well as the one dedicated to generals Wolfe and Montcalm, who both died during the famous battle of the Plains of Abraham.

In winter, a long slide can be used at the end of the terrace, for speed and thrill seekers. On the west side, you can climb the Governors staircase to go to the Promenade bearing the same name and to the Plains of Abraham. On the east side, the Funiculaire will take you down to the heart of Place-Royale. You can also climb down the terrace and the “Casse-cou” staircases, if you feel like it.

Dufferin Terrace

Québec (Vieux-Québec)
Québec, Canada




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