Walk along the ramparts of Québec City

During my holiday in Québec, I stayed mostly in Montreal but I also made a day trip to Québec City, the provincial capital. It takes ~3h to get there by bus (Orléans Express). I spent most of the day walking along the ramparts of Québec. Their construction began at the founding of the city by the French in 1608. They are now the only remaining fortified city walls in North America.

I started the walk at Parc de l’Artillerie, crossed the old city gates and arrived at the Citadelle. I then made a detour through the Plains of Abraham then followed the Promenade des Gouverneurs to reach the Dufferin Terrace and Old Quebec. I spent some time visiting the area then made my way down to Quartier Petit-Champlain and the waterfront. It started raining pretty hard at that point so I went back to the Old City and Parc Montmorency then completed the loop to get back to my starting point.

Above, in Parc de l’Artillerie.

Above, looking towards Gare du Palais (train station).

Above, Redoute Dauphine.

Above, cannons.

Above, Porte Saint-Jean.

Above, Edifice Price, the official residency of the Premier of Québec.

Above, Place d’Youville.

Above, Maison Dauphine.

Above, Chapelle des Jésuites.

Above, Porte Kent.

Above, looking back at Porte Kent.

Above, Parliament of Québec.

Above, bust of Churchill.

Above, Porte Saint-Louis.

Above, the ramparts from the outside.

Above, Fontaine de Tourny.

Above, bust of Gandhi.

Above, Parc de l’Esplanade.

Above, Citadelle being restored (october 2016).

Above, the Plains of Abraham, where the battle for Québec was fought between the British and the French. It is a large park now.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river.

Above, on the Promenade des Gouverneurs. It goes along the wall of the Citadelle.

Above, cannon on the Citadelle.

Above, boardwalk of Dufferin Terrace, with Château Frontenac in the background.

Above, luge track.

Above, view of the Saint-Lawrence from Parc de la Reine.

Above, view from Terrasse Pierre Dugas de Mons.

Above, Monument to Samuel de Champlain.

Above, former post office (Édifice Louis-S.-St-Laurent).

Above, UNESCO monument.

Above, Parc Montmorency.

Above, Laval University.

Above, Quartier Petit-Champlain seen from the Park.

Above, on the way to the waterfront.

Above, funicular to Old Québec.

Above, view of Château Frontenac from the waterfront.

Above, back on the ramparts, with heavy rain.

Above, silos and Bassin Louise.


Walk along Rivière des Prairies (part 2) in Laval: Parc Gagné, Parc des Prairies, Berge Délia-Tétreault

After Ile Perry, I crossed the Rivière des Prairies to reach the town of Laval. There, I walked in Parc Gagné, Parc des Prairies and Berge Délia-Tétreault. I then crossed the river again in order to take the subway at Henri-Boussara station, near Parc Ahuntsic in Montreal.

Above, train tracks on the bridge to Laval.

Above, ducks in Parc Gagné.

Above, power transmission towers on Ile Perry.


Above, in Parc des Prairies.

Above, Centre Le Maillon de Laval.

Above, in Berge Délia-Tétreault.

Above, black squirrel.

Above, Pont Papineau-Leblanc.

Above, lighthouse.

Above, Pont Viau to Montreal.

Above, Parc Maurice-Richard.

Above, in Ahuntsic-Cartierville.

Above, near Parc Ahuntsic.

Walk along Rivière des Prairies (part 1) in Montreal: Parc de la Merci, Parc des Bateliers, Ile Perry

On my last day in Montreal, I went for a walk near Rivière des Prairies, on the northwestern part of the island of Montreal. There, I walked in Parc de la Merci, Parc des Bateliers and Ile Perry, a small island in the river. I then crossed the Rivière des Prairies to Laval.

Above, arriving at Parc de la Merci.

Above, bicycle path.

Above, flock of geese on Rivière des Prairies.

Above, Ile Perry.

Above, power transmission towers.

Above, in Parc des Bateliers.

Above, train tracks to Laval.

Above, on the bridge to Ile Perry

Above, concrete sculpture on Ile Perry.

Above, Rivière des Prairies.

Above, squirrel.

Above, on the way to Laval.

Walk along Canal de Lachine

The Canal de Lachine is a canal passing through the southwestern part of the Island of Montreal, running 14.5 kilometres from the Old Port of Montreal to Lake Saint-Louis. The canal was built to bypass the treacherous Lachine Rapids on the Saint-Lawrence river upstream of Montreal. After completion of the canal in 1825, its banks became a major industrial area of the city. However, the canal closed to shipping traffic in 1970, a few years after the opening of the Saint-Lawrence Seaway (in 1959), which bypasses the rapids starting in Longueuil, on the other side of the river.

The canal is lined with a nice path, suitable for walking and biking, all the way from the Old Port to Lake Saint-Louis. I followed that path on foot until the Saint-Henri neighbourhood, where I took the subway back to Downtown.

Above, derelict silos in Jardin des Ecluses, in the southern part of the Old Port.

Above, Bassins Peel.

Above, new condo developments.

Above, path along the Canal.

Above, Mount Royal in the background.


Above, skyscrapers of Downtown.

Above, tower of Atwater Market, a farmer’s market.

Above, I continued a bit past that footbridge then doubled back to cross the canal.

Above, squirrel in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier, in Saint-Henri.

Above, Église Saint-Zotique.

Above, artists painting a large mural. Like the Plateau, the area has many murals and street artworks.

Above, concrete in Place Saint-Henri subway station.

Le Plateau-Mont Royal

Le Plateau-Mont Royal is a neighbourhood of Montreal located north-east of Mount Royal. It is a mostly residential area, with many parks, trendy shops and restaurants. It is also well known for its large number of murals.

Above, monument to Octave Crémazie in Square Saint-Louis.

Above, Halloween decoration.

Above, back-alleys also have their shares of graffiti.

Above, porn cinema “L’Amour”.

Above, in Parc Lahaie.

Above, Eglise Saint-Enfant-Jésus du Mile End.

Above, squirrels in Parc Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Below, coming from Little Italy / Mile-Ex.

Above, offices of Ubisoft Montreal.

Above, artists at work.

Above, Mount Royal seen from Parc Jeanne Mance.

Above, monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier.