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Parks Canada's Dufferin Terrace

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Parks Canada\'s Dufferin Terrace which includes landscape views, heritage elements and a coastal town

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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Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
The price is $129 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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! (3,810 reviews)
"La proximité du vieux Québec et l'ambiance du restaurant Ciel."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
The price is $415 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in the city center, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Old Quebec is within a 10-minute walk of Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec Cruise Terminal and close ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,136 reviews)
"overall very clean well maintained"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

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Hotel Port Royal
Hotel Port Royal
4 out of 5
144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
The price is $211 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Port Quebec City and Place Royale. Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec City Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,450 reviews)
"The staff are wonderful and the location is perfect. I wish I could’ve stayed longer."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

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Hotel Chateau Bellevue
Hotel Chateau Bellevue
3 out of 5
16 de la Porte St., Quebec, QC
The price is $119 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
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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 $129 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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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 $415 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hotel Port Royal
Hotel Port Royal
4 out of 5
144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
The price is $211 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec
Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec
4 out of 5
1220, Place George-V Ouest, Quebec, QC
The price is $151 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
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Hilton Quebec
Hilton Quebec
4 out of 5
1100 Rene Levesque East, Quebec, QC
The price is $159 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
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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 $184 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hotel Manoir Victoria
Hotel Manoir Victoria
4 out of 5
44, Cote du Palais, Quebec, QC
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L’Hôtel du Capitole
L’Hôtel du Capitole
5 out of 5
972, rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, QC
The price is $280 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
L’Hôtel du Capitole
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