Street Views

STREET VIEWS: Rue William-Scott

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Photo: Bill Cox
This street is named in honour of William Scott (1822-?) who was of Irish descent. His first marriage was to Camille Laberge and the second was to Eleonore or Ellen Archer, who was from Ontario. In 1871, he owned land and two houses in Cap-Rouge.

The story behind Rue Van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was a Dutch painter whose subjects, during his early years, were peasants and still lifes. Like the older Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, he adopted the light-darkness method, as seen in the Potato Diners (1885). 

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Avenue Watt

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Avenue Watt is named in honour of Scottish engineer James Watt (1736-1819). In 1763, James Watt was working as instrument maker at the University of Glasgow when he was assigned the job of repairing a Newcomen steam engine and noted how inefficient it was. In 1765, Watt conceived the idea of equipping the engine with a separate condensation chamber.

Côte de Trenton

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Photo: Bill Cox

This short dead-end street in the Côte du Lac region of Quebec City near the Montmorency River is named after the Trenton formation – a large vein of limestone that runs along the St. Lawrence River valley from Montreal to just past Quebec City. Outcrops of the rock on the heights of the Beauport and the Chateau-Richer regions are easy to mine.

The story behind Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel

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Photo: Bill Cox
This major thoroughfare is named in honour of former Quebec City Mayor Wilfrid Hamel, who was born in L’Ancienne-Lorette in 1895. 

The story behind Rue des Violettes

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Photo: Bill Cox
Most of the streets in this area of Charlesbourg are named after flowers such as zinnias, roses, lilies, dahlias, orchids and sunflowers.

Story of Avenue Jules-Verne

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Photo: Bill Cox
This busy commercial street is named after Jules Verne (1828-1905), a prolific French author whose writings laid much of the foundation of modern science fiction. Verne’s father, intending that Jules follow in his footsteps as an attorney, sent him to Paris to study law. While continuing his law studies, he fed his passion for the theatre, writing numerous plays.

The story behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers

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Photo: Bill Cox
The name behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers (sailing ships) recalls the time when, each year, hundreds of wooden sailing ships lay at anchor along the shore of the St. Lawrence River in front of Sillery waiting to load timber.

Story behind Avenue du Zoo​

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Photo: Bill Cox
Avenue du Zoo runs along the east side of the land that was once occupied by the Quebec Zoo which closed in 2006 after 75 years existence.

Story behind Rue de Toronto

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Photo: Bill Cox

This street in the Sainte-Foy borough of Quebec City is named after the City of Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario.

The most populous city in Canada, it is situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

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