- Type: Recreation, Sightseeing, Tours
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
|About these ratings|
Overlooking Old Québec from its perch just below Château Frontenac, Terrasse Dufferin offers spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River. Formerly a military fortification, this public park still houses historic cannons. The atmosphere has changed drastically since Terrasse Dufferin's original construction in 1879; today—especially if you visit during the summer—you're bound to run into street performers and artists as you stroll along. Previous visitors also recommend spending some time here during the winter. According to one TripAdvisor user, "In the winter, there is an ice toboggan slide that is quite steep, more-than-exhilarating, maybe even a little scary, but in a fun way!!!"
To learn about the history of Terrasse Dufferin (and the rest of the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site), consider tagging along on a guided tour. Tours are offered every day from mid-May to mid-October—upon reservation beginning in April—for around $10 CAD (roughly $10 USD) for adults and $5 CAD for children. Tour times vary depending on the day and the language in which the tour is offered.
Terrasse Dufferin is open every day, although the ice slide is only open in the winter from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission to Terrasse Dufferin costs around $4 CAD (about $4 USD) for adults and $2 CAD (about $2 USD) for children, although you will have to pay extra to ride the ice slide. For more information, visit the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site website.