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The story behind Avenue Calixa-Lavallée

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street was named after Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891), best known for composing the music for “O Canada,” which officially became the national anthem of Canada in 1980.

The story behind Carré Cameron

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Carré Cameron is not actually a square but a U-shaped street named in honour of British explorer Verney Lovett Cameron (1844-1894).

Born in Radipole, in Dorset, England, Cameron joined the Royal Navy in 1857, served in the Abyssinian campaign of 1868, and worked for a considerable time on the suppression of the East African slave trade.

Rue du Capitaine-Bernier

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Rue du Capitaine-Bernier is named in honour of Captain Joseph-Elzéar Bernier (1852-1934), who was born in the village of L’Islet-sur-Mer, 100 km north-east of Quebec City. His father and grandfather were mariners, and he himself became a mariner and explorer of the Canadian North.

Street Views - Rue du Cap-Diamant

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Photo: Martin St-Amant - Wikipedia - CC-BY-SA-3.0

Rue du Cap-Diamant is a short street located on industrial land owned by the Quebec Port Authority off Boulevard Champlain below the Plains of Abraham.

Cap Diamant (or Cape Diamond) itself is the promontory on which the Upper Town of Quebec City is located, surrounded by the St. Lawrence River to the south and east and the much smaller St. Charles River to the north.

The story behind Rue Christie

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Photo: Ville de Montréal archives
This street is named in honour of Robert Christie (1787-1856), a lawyer, militia officer, historian and politician, who was born in Windsor, N.S., to parents who had emigrated from Scotland. Christie studied at King’s College and obtained his diploma sometime before 1803. 

The story behind Rue Braille

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Rue Braille was named in honour of Louis Braille, who invented a system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired. The system he devised remains virtually unchanged to this day, and is known worldwide simply as braille. 

The story behind Rue Bethune

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This street is named in honour of Dr. Norman Bethune (1890-1939), who was born in Gravenhurst, Ont.
 
In 1914, when the First World War was declared in Europe, Bethune interrupted his medical studies and joined the Canadian Army’s No. 2 Field Ambulance to serve as a stretcher bearer in France.

The story behind Rue de Bergerville

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Photo: Google Maps

Rue de Bergerville and Parc Bergerville recall the village of Bergerville, created around 1850 in the sector north of the Woodfield Domain that was once part of the Saint-Michel estate in Sillery.

The story behind Rue du Bélier

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Rue du Bélier is named after the adult male sheep (the ram). Rams are recognizable by their large spiral horns. Now raised around the world for their wool, meat and milk, sheep were among the first animals domesticated by human beings. Male sheep are called rams, the females are ewes and young sheep are lambs.

The story behind Rue William-Wood

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Photo: courtesy of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec

This new street that has just been opened in the Cap-Rouge neighbourhood of Quebec City is named in honour of William Wood, who was born in Quebec City in 1864. He was the son of George Augustus Leslie Wood, a merchant, and Charlotte Feodore Louisa Augusta Guérout.

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