Parks Canada's Dufferin Terrace

Parks Canada's Dufferin Terrace

Parks Canada's Dufferin Terrace

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Some of the best views in the city, and a huge ice slide in winter, can be enjoyed from this promenade high above the St. Lawrence River.

Stretch your legs on one of the city’s most popular walks and look out over Old Québec and the St. Lawrence River. Dufferin Terrace is a riverside walkway just below the imposing Fairmont Château Frontenac hotel. The long, wooden boardwalk is a lively spot during the summer months when street performers entertain and vendors sell snacks and souvenirs. In winter, there is a massive ice slide at the end of the terrace.

As you walk along the terrace, observe the cannons that once defended Québec or stop by the statue of explorer Samuel de Champlain, the city’s founder.

Discover what lies beneath the planks at your feet with a guided tour of the archeological remains of Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux. These ruins were uncovered in a series of digs between 2005 and 2007. The ruins are directly under the terrace and are what’s left of the former residences of the British and French governors who held office between 1620 and 1834. The tour price includes a visit to a kitchen with original oven, latrines and ruins of several outbuildings. For an opportunity to see the archeological digs for free, look down from the terrace’s “archeoscopes.” There are three of these 5-foot (1.5-meter) tall glass prisms built into the promenade.

In the winter months, race down the ice slide situated on the western flank of the terrace. This temporary toboggan run has been created every year since the late 1900s. The top of the run is 269 feet (82 meters) above the terrace and it’s a steep slide along its 492 feet (150 meter) length. There’s no need to bring your own toboggan, because rental is included in the ticket price for the slope.

Situated in Old Québec, Dufferin Terrace is easily reached on foot or by bus. Make your journey more interesting by taking the cable railway up the cliff from the Quartier Petit-Champlain in the Lower Town. If you are feeling energetic, climb the adjacent stairs. You can also jump aboard a small Écolobus, a cheap, electric city bus that moves between the Upper and Lower Town.

Top Hotels Close to Parks Canada's Dufferin Terrace

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Québec City, QC, G1R4W6
The price is CA $149 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Québec City, QC, G1R 4P5
The price is CA $512 per night from May 24 to May 25
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Hotel Port Royal
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4 out of 5
144, rue Saint-Pierre, Québec City, QC, G1K 8N8
The price is CA $207 per night from May 23 to May 24
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Hotel Acadia
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3 out of 5
43 Rue Sainte-ursule, Québec City, QC, G1R4E4
The price is CA $124 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
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4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Québec City, QC, G1R 4P5
The price is CA $512 per night from May 24 to May 25
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Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
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3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Québec City, QC, G1R4W6
The price is CA $149 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
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Hotel Port Royal
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4 out of 5
144, rue Saint-Pierre, Québec City, QC, G1K 8N8
The price is CA $207 per night from May 23 to May 24
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5 out of 5
972, rue Saint-Jean, Québec City, QC, G1R1R5
The price is CA $385 per night from May 26 to May 27
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Hotel Clarendon
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is CA $190 per night from May 23 to May 24
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Hilton Quebec
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4 out of 5
1100 Rene Levesque East, Québec City, QC, G1R 4P3
The price is CA $267 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
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4 out of 5
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The price is CA $186 per night from May 29 to May 30
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Le Manoir d'Auteuil
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3 out of 5
49 Rue d'Auteuil, Québec City, QC, G1R 4C2
The price is CA $149 per night from May 23 to May 24
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