Terrasse Dufferin

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Terrasse Dufferin is a terrace that wraps around the Château Frontenac in Quebec City towards Citadelle of Quebec, overlooking the St. Lawrence River.


It was built in 1879 under the direction of Lord Dufferin[1], the then Governor-general of Canada and eventually named for him. The terrace is maintained by Parks Canada as part of the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site.[2]


The terrace consists of a wood plank walkway with gazebos and benches from Château Frontenac (and previous by Château Haldimand) to Citadelle of Quebec (access via a set of stairs).

On the west end of the terrace is a 150 metres (490 ft) ramp or Terrasse Dufferin Slides (c. 1898) used annually as a toboggan run during Quebec Winter Carnival or the Carnaval de Québec from late January to mid-February.[3]

Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux[edit]

Beneath sections of the terrace are the remains of Saint Louis Forts as well as Château Saint-Louis, residence for French and British Governors.[4][5]


Coordinates: 46°48′40″N 71°12′15″W / 46.8111°N 71.2043°W / 46.8111; -71.2043