Petit Champlain

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Petit Champlain
Narrow streets of the Lower Town of Quebec City.jpg
Coordinates: 46°48′47″N 71°12′09″W / 46.81306°N 71.20250°W / 46.81306; -71.20250
Borough La Cité-Limoilou
City Quebec City
Province Quebec
Country Canada
Time zone Eastern (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)

Petit Champlain is a neighbourhood in Quebec City, Canada. It is located in the district of Vieux-Québec–Cap-Blanc–colline Parlementaire in the borough of La Cité-Limoilou, near Place Royale. Its main street is the Rue du Petit-Champlain at the foot of Cap Diamant. It is the oldest commercial district in North America.[1]

The neighbourhood is named after Samuel de Champlain, who founded Quebec City in 1608.[2]


Rue du Petit-Champlain mural[edit]

The mural painted on the side of the house located at 102 rue du Petit-Champlain (currently owned by Coopérative des artisans et commerçants du quartier Petit Champlain) is a trompe-l'œil measuring 100m2 (900 ft2). It represents the history of the district, the bombardments of 1759, the landslides, and the fires which have occurred in the district.[3]

Breakneck Stairs[edit]

The Breakneck Stairs or Breakneck Steps (French: Escalier casse-cou), Quebec City's oldest stairway, were built in 1635. Originally called escalier Champlain "Champlain Stairs", escalier du Quêteux "Beggars' Stairs", or escalier de la Basse-Ville "Lower Town Stairs", they were given their current name in the mid-19th century, because of their steepness. The stairs have been restored several times, including an 2004 renovation by Charles Baillargé.[4]

Breakneck Steps, 1870
Breakneck Steps, 2007


  1. ^ Simard, Luc (1994). Du Cap au Rivage : promenade dans les rues de Québec [From Cape to Shore: walking the streets of Quebec City] (in French). Quebec City. ISBN 2-920860-77-1. OCLC 214315240. 
  2. ^ "Petit-Champlain - Quebec City 101". Quebec City 101. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  3. ^ "About". Quartier Petit Champlain. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Québec City and Area - Stairways". Québec City Tourism. 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 

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