Rue du Petit-Champlain, Quebec City

Rue du Petit-Champlain, Quebec City (must see)

A quaint narrow street at the foot of Cap Diamant, some 0.16 miles (0.26 km) long, running from its convergence with Rue Sous-le-Fort in the north to Boulevard Champlain in the south, Rue du Petit-Champlain is a centerpiece of the tiny eponymous neighborhood.

Named after Samuel de Champlain, who founded Québec City in 1608, Petit-Champlain is the oldest commercial district in North America and a wonderful place to pick up hand-made local items or enjoy a nice meal. It should not be confused with rue Champlain, located further west in the small district of Cap-Blanc, though; the 1889 landslide severed one from the other.

In this unofficial "quartier" (neighborhood), boutique shops and cozy cafes spill out of restored houses, adding to the amazing smells from the many restaurants. You may pose at one of the cute windows or doors, or find benches in many locations if looking to rest for a bit.

As you stroll through, don't miss the Fresque du Petit-Champlain, a large trompe-l'œil mural covering the side of a 3-story building near the street's southern end, at No. 102. Measuring 100 sq-m (900 sg-ft), it highlights the history of the district, including the 1759 bombardments, the landslides, and the many fires that occurred over the years.

At the other end of Rue du Petit-Champlain, you will find the famous Escalier Casse-Cou (or "Breakneck Staircase", because of its steepness). Be sure to get a picture of the Rue de Petit-Champlain from above, as the view is very iconic.

Just beyond the steps is the lower entrance to the Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec, an electric cableway running since 1879. It takes passengers up and down Cap Diamant, to and from Dufferin Terrace, beside the Château Frontenac. The funicular climbs at a 45-degree angle, covering a total distance of 64 metres (210 ft).

Around halfway along the street, on its western side, is Parc Félix-Leclerc.

Rue du Petit-Champlain was recognized as “the most remarkable street” in Canada, by both the public and the jury, during the 2014 edition of the Au Canada, c'est ma place! organized by the Canadian Institute of Planners.
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Rue du Petit-Champlain on Map

Sight Name: Rue du Petit-Champlain
Sight Location: Quebec City, Canada (See walking tours in Quebec City)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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