Dufferin Terrace and its fairytale castle are two attractions that never cease to amaze visitors and locals alike, offering spellbinding views of the river and the surrounding landscapes.
An Iconic Symbol for Over a Century
Perched atop the headland, Château Frontenac has stood overlooking the St. Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace for over 100 years. Construction of the most photographed hotel in the world began in 1892.
Stretching from the foot of the Citadelle to Château Frontenac, Dufferin Terrace offers breathtaking views of Île d’Orléans, the St. Lawrence River, and Québec City’s Lower Town, making it a perfect spot for taking photos. The 425-metre long wooden boardwalk is a year-round popular gathering place where street entertainers are out in full force in the summer, to the delight of passersby.
The narrow streets leading to Dufferin Terrace and Château Frontenac are oozing with charm and cachet, and are well worth taking the time to explore. Rue Saint-Louis and rue Sainte-Anne are lined with restaurants and delightful boutiques.
The Artists Street
Rue du Trésor doubles as an outdoor art gallery. Nestled between Château Frontenac and Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, it attracts a host of artists who display their work on the walls lining the narrow street.
A Traditional Toboggan Slide
Riding the toboggan slide on Dufferin Terrace beside the Château Frontenac is a favourite local tradition. For over a century, adventure seekers have been getting their adrenaline rush as they fly downhill at speeds of up to 70 km an hour.