Street Views

The story behind Rue Ader

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This street is named in honour of French engineer-inventor Clément Ader (1841-1925). Ader was an innovator in a number of electrical and mechanical engineering fields. He originally studied electrical engineering and, in 1878, improved on the telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell. He established the telephone network in Paris in 1880. 

The story behind Rue Adrien-Pouliot

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This street is named after Adrien Pouliot, a mathematician and professor who was born on Île d’Orleans on Jan. 4, 1896. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in applied sciences from the École polytechnique de Montréal, he married Laure Clark and moved to Quebec City in 1919. 

The story behind Route de l’Aéroport

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Route de l’Aéroport, which leads to Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport, has been known by this name since the 1940s. 

The story behind Rue Albani

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This street in the Des Châtels district of Quebec City is named in honour of Emma Albani, a leading operatic soprano, who was born Emma Lajeunesse in Chambly, Que., on Nov. 1, 1847. She was the first Canadian singer to become an international star.

The story behind Rue des Agniers

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Rue des Agniers is named after the First Nations people now known as Mohawks or Kanien’kehá:ka, who were called les agniers by French colonizers. The Mohawks were allies of the British Crown during the American Revolution. They are one of the five core tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy, whose ancestors lived in the Mohawk River valley in present-day New York state. 

The story behind Rue Adélard-Godbout

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This street in the Parc-L’Ormière neighbourhood is named in honour of a politician and statesman who had a great influence on the lives of Quebecers.

The story behind Rue de l’Abénaquise

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This street in the Des Châtels borough of Quebec City is named in honour of the French frigate Abénaquise, which was itself named after the Abenaki people, the original First Nations inhabitants of a region which included the St. Lawrence River valley, the Maritime provinces and New England.

The story behind Côte d’Abraham

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This street is named in honour of Abraham Martin (1589-1664), also known as L’Écossais (the Scot). Connecting the St. Charles River valley to the upper part of the city, the original footpath or trail passed by the northern edge of the property of Abraham Martin, whose house was situated in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood.  

The story behind Rue De Xi’an

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Rue de Xi’an is named after the Chinese city that has been twinned with Quebec City since 1999. The capital of Shaanxi province in China, Xi’an is a sub-provincial city located in northwestern China. It is the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history.

The story behind Rue Victor-Hugo

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This street is named in honour of Victor-Marie Hugo, a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside of France, his most famous novels are Les Misérables (1862) and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831).
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