Street Views

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).

The story behind Rue Charles-Dickens

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This street honours the memory of the famous English novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870) who first became known for his stories of life in London. His chronicle The adventures of Mr. Pickwick that appeared in 1836 and 1837 made him a celebrity.

Street Views: The story behind Impasse Webster

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This rather insignificant “impasse” or alley in Old Quebec City was named after Senator Lorne Campbell Webster who was born in Quebec City on Sept. 30, 1871. He was educated at Commissioners’ High School (on Rue Saint-Denis), and following a year at a French-language college in Montmagny, he joined his father’s coal business in Quebec. 

The story behind Parc Victoria

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This park in the centre of Quebec City is named in honour of Queen Victoria (1819-1901), who was the longest-reigning monarch of the British Empire, until her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth II surpassed her in September 2015. 
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