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Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou), Quebec City

Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou), Quebec City (must see)

Linking Côte de la Montagne and Quartier Petit-Champlain, the legendary "Breakneck Steps" (Québec City's oldest stairway) dates back to around 1635 – but rest assured, you will not break your neck. The name dates back centuries to when the staircase was a narrower, steeper, wooden staircase that was eventually replaced with iron in the late 1800s (and actually designed by an engineer, which always helps!), only to be given another huge overhaul in the 1960s.

While not Québec City's longest staircase (Cap Blanc has about six times as many stairs), Escalier Casse-Cou is probably the city's most useful, having helped Québécois and tourist alike make their way back and forth between Haute-Ville (Upper Town) and Basse-ville (Lower Town) for centuries.

At the bottom, you'll find several boutiques, restaurants, the famed La Fudgerie, and, if your feet are tired or want an epic view, Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec can take you to Haute-Ville. On your way up or down, you'll find several boutiques and bistros, while at the top you will be amongst some of the city's greatest pieces of history: Le Château Frontenac, Place d'Arms, Montmorency Park National Historic Site, and Terrasse Dufferin (to name just a few).

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Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou) on Map

Sight Name: Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou)
Sight Location: Quebec City, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Quebec City, Quebec

Create Your Own Walk in Quebec City

Create Your Own Walk in Quebec City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Quebec City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Quebec City Introduction Walk

Quebec City Introduction Walk

The province of Québec is a place all its own; a country within a country with its own traditions, architecture, and language. Perched on a cliff above the St. Lawrence River, Québec City is the soul of the province: the first city to be founded in Canada, the seat of the Québec government, and the self-proclaimed "Capitale Nationale".

The historic landmarks and 17th-century...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Historic Houses Walking Tour

Historic Houses Walking Tour

Often referred to as the cradle of New France, Québec City has one of the richest architectural heritages in North America and is particularly evocative of Europe in its atmosphere. Most of the city's architecture, however, had to be adapted to harsh winters and the lack of specialized workers and materials in the colony; as such, most houses were designed as simple and efficient before...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Museums and Galleries

Museums and Galleries

Head indoors and take in some of the numerous museums during your visit. Given Québec City's remarkable history as the fortress capital of New France since the 16th century, there are many things to learn about the life of early settlers and the most important battles. The museums featured on this self-guided walk each tell the story in their own way, allowing for a a well-rounded view of...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Top Religious Sites Walking Tour

Top Religious Sites Walking Tour

The first religious buildings in Canada were established by Récollets and Jesuits in 1615 and 1625 when they first arrived to "New France". Later on, the colonists brought French culture and architectural traditions. The establishment of British and evangelical society brought major developments to Quebec City. Here is a list of some of the most alluring divine attractions to visit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Old Quebec Walk

Old Quebec Walk

If you have a desire for European ambiance, Canadian or French culture, New World history and great food, Old Town Québec City has them all. The Upper Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative center, and the Lower Town complements it to form one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city. From the cobblestone streets and venerable greystone...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles