Dufferin Terrace, Quebec City
I was so disappointed to learn that “to duffer” is not considered to be a verb in Quebec. It would be so wonderful, after all, if Dufferin Terrace were a terrace made for dufferin’, which is to say, acting like an old duffer.
Disappointingly, Dufferin Terrace is actually named after some dreary 19th Century provincial governor, and not for the act of duffering.
Nevertheless, it has a great deal to offer, for duffers and non-duffers alike. It is a wide boardwalk overlooking the St. Lawrence. You can – and people do – stroll, jog, or play music on Dufferin Terrace.
Or you can sit on one of the benches and take in the view.
Did I mention dog walking?
Romantic assignations are another possibility.
Here’s another view of the Terrace. Those glass cubes offer a look at the remains of the 17th Century fortress that once existed on this spot.
The Terrace is also a good place to get a view of the Chateau Frontenac.
The Chateau to me has the look of a castle but it is actually a hotel built by the Canadian Pacific Railway and opened in 1893.
For the security-minded, the Terrace has a row of cannons.
When we had done enough duffering on the Terrace, we walked back through the old city to our B&B.
In an out-of-the way corner we passed this sculptural tribute to Quebec’s logging heritage.
I wish we had given ourselves more than just two days to spend in Quebec City, though we wished for more time everywhere we went in the province. Speaking of which, our next stop was to be the village of Cap Chat on the Gaspé Peninsula. More on that in the next post.