Old Quebec Funicular

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Coordinates: 46°48′45″N 71°12′14″W / 46.812545°N 71.203959°W / 46.812545; -71.203959

Old Quebec Funicular
View from the funicular
Statusin use
LocaleQuebec City, Quebec
Opened1879 (1879)
Line length0.064 km (0.040 mi)
Number of tracksDouble track
Highest elevation59 m (194 ft)
Maximum incline100%
View from the funicular
Old Quebec Funicular

The Old Quebec Funicular (French: Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec) is a funicular railway in the Old Quebec neighbourhood of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It links the Haute-Ville (Upper Town) to the Basse-Ville (Lower Town), which includes such sites as the colonial-era Notre Dame des Victoires church, the historic Petit Champlain district, the port, and the Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilization). Climbing at a 45-degree angle, the railway covers a total distance of 64 metres (210 ft).[1]


The funicular opened on November 17, 1879, and originally used the water ballast system of propulsion. The line was converted to electrical operation in 1907. On July 2, 1945, a major fire destroyed the structure, necessitating a rebuild that was completed in 1946. Since then, major renovations have taken place in 1978 and 1998. In 2004 it celebrated 125 years of operating.[2]

In October 1996, Briton Helen Tombs was killed when the cable snapped and the emergency brake failed to stop the cabin before it crashed into the lower station.[3][4] As a result of this fatal crash, the funicular was closed and entirely revamped with modern technology. It reopened in 1998, technically as an inclined elevator, since both cabins are independent.[5][6]

The funicular has the following technical parameters:[7]

  • Length: 64 metres (210 ft)
  • Height: 59 metres (194 ft)
  • Cars: 2
  • Configuration: Double track
  • Traction: Electricity

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Funicular - Quebec City 101". Quebec City 101. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  2. ^ "History". Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec inc. Archived from the original on May 16, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2007.
  3. ^ "Passenger Dies in Cable Car Plunge". Associated Press. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  4. ^ Jury, Louise (October 14, 1996). "Briton killed as funicular car crashes". London: The Independent. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Transit History of Quebec". David A. Wyatt. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  6. ^ "Le Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec fête son 130e anniversaire : 1879-2009" (in French). Marketwire.
  7. ^ "Funiculaire du Vieux-Quebec". Funiculars.net. Retrieved March 23, 2007.

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