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Parks Canada's Dufferin Terrace
Vacation Travel Guide

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.

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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $251 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in the city center, this Old Quebec hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 5-minute walk of Samuel de Champlain Statue, Quebec City Town ...

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"Service was excellent, friendly, efficient. Location was awesome. View of the city from the room was amazing."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 8, 2021

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Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $99 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Centre-Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Battlefields Park, Parliament Building, and Quebec City Convention Center. Quebec City Town ...

3.9/5Good! (4,012 reviews)

"Well located and affordable. Nice room and view from 24th floor"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 2020

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
L’Hôtel du Capitole
L’Hôtel du Capitole
5 out of 5
972, rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $239 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Old Quebec, this luxury hotel is steps from Palais Montcalm and Le Capitole. Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec City Convention Center are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (227 reviews)

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Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

L’Hôtel du Capitole
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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $251 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $99 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
L’Hôtel du Capitole
L’Hôtel du Capitole
5 out of 5
972, rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $239 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5
L’Hôtel du Capitole
Hotel Port Royal
Hotel Port Royal
4 out of 5
144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $149 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
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Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
4 out of 5
775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $123 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hotel PUR Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Hotel PUR Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
4 out of 5
395 rue de la Couronne, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $108 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6
Hotel PUR Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Hilton Quebec
Hilton Quebec
4 out of 5
1100 Rene Levesque East, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $169 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
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Les Lofts du Trésor - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
Les Lofts du Trésor - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
4 out of 5
1 rue du Trésor, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $130 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18
Les Lofts du Trésor - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
Hotel Chateau Bellevue
Hotel Chateau Bellevue
3 out of 5
16 de la Porte St., Quebec, QC
The price is CA $89 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
Hotel Chateau Bellevue
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