Street Views

The story behind Rue Émile-Boiteau


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Photo: Collection iconographique de la Ville de Québec

This street was named to honour Émile Boiteau, who was born in Quebec City on April 28, 1898, the son of Joseph Boiteau, a grocer, and Malvina Marois.

The story behind Rue Élisabeth-Couc


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This street is named after a rather mysterious woman named Élisabeth Couc (1667- circa 1750) sometimes called Isabelle. She was the daughter of Pierre Couc, dit Lafleur, and Marie Miteoamegoukoué, an Algonquin Christian, and was probably born at Trois-Rivières. Like her first name and place of birth, the details about her early years are uncertain.

The story behind Rue Eiffel


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), a French civil engineer who made his name building various bridges for the French railway network, most famously the Garabit viaduct.

The story behind Earl Grey Terrace


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain: Library and Archives Canada, C-030723

This terrace on the Plains of Abraham, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, is named in honour of Sir Albert Henry George Grey, the fourth Earl Grey. Born in London, England, in 1851, he was Governor General of Canada from 1904 to 1911. He died in 1917.

The story behind Autoroute Duplessis


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This highway is named for Maurice Le Noblet Duplessis (1890-1959), the 16th premier of Quebec, from 1936 to 1939 and from 1944 to 1959.

The story behind behind Dufferin Terrace

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Dufferin Terrace is named in honour of Frederick Temple Blackwood (1826-1902), who was born in Florence, Italy, into an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family. The first Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, more commonly known as Lord Dufferin, was governor general of Canada from 1872 to 1878.

The story behind Rue Deschamps


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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Located in the Beauport borough, Rue Deschamps is named in honour of Jean-Baptiste Deschamps (1897-1989), founder of J.B. Deschamps printers. Inaugurated in 1926, the printing company still exists on the corner of Boulevard des Chutes and Rue Deschamps and is known as Deschamps Impression. The building has been enlarged several times.

The story behind Rue De Mareuil


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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street is named in honour of Jacques de Mareuil, a half-pay lieutenant of a detachment of colonial regular troops, who was also an amateur actor. Travelling in New France from the spring of 1693 to autumn 1694, he owes his fame to the scandal he caused during his brief stay in Quebec City.

The story behind Rue Curie


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named after French physicist Pierre Curie (1859-1906), a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity.

The story behind Rue Daniel-Johnson


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This private street* in the Les Saules district of Quebec City is named in honour of Daniel Johnson (1915-1968), Quebec’s 20th premier. He was born in Danville, Quebec, the son of Francis Johnson, an anglophone labourer of Irish descent.

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