Cap-Rouge, Quebec City

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Old Village's Church
The Tracel Bridge

Cap-Rouge (English: Red Cape) is located in central Quebec, Canada on the Saint Lawrence River within the Borough Sainte-Foy–Sillery–Cap-Rouge in Quebec City. The site of the first attempted permanent European settlement in North America, Cap-Rouge was long a town on its own before being incorporated within Québec on January 1, 2002. The population of Cap-Rouge was 13,153 as of the Canada 2011 Census.

First permanent establishments[edit]

In 1635, the first seigneurie is granted on the territory of Cape-Rouge, but revoked the following year by the Company of One Hundred Associates. However by 1638 Paul Le Jeune, a missionary Jesuit, noted in "The Jesuit Relations" the presence of some families in the valley.[1] Between 1647 and 1652, the seigneuries of Maur, on the West, and Gaudarville, in the East, were established on the territory. From that moment, based on taxable citizens, the settlement on the lands of Cap-Rouge are established. The village formed is served by the parishes of Ancienne-Lorette in (1678) to the north; of Saint-Augustin in (1691) on the West; and of Sainte-Foy (1698) in the East.[2]


In addition to its long history, the main attraction of Cap-Rouge is the towering "Tracel" rail-road bridge. Built in 1907-1908 with the participation of Gustave Eiffel, the steel trestle was constructed under the authority of the National Transcontinental as part of the Winnipeg-Moncton trunk. It spans 3,335 feet at an average of 172 feet above ground and is still in use today.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Banque de noms de lieux du Québec, entrée Cap-Rouge
  2. ^ Banque de noms de lieux du Québec, entrée Cap-Rouge p.3

Coordinates: 46°45′N 71°21′W / 46.750°N 71.350°W / 46.750; -71.350