Street Views

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. 

STREET VIEWS: Rue Virginia-Woolf

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This street is named in honour of Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), a British writer who is considered one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century and a pioneer in the use of  “stream of consciousness” as a narrative device.

The story behind Rue Vincent-Massey

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Photo: Bill Cox
This street in Saint-Malo industrial park is named in honour of the Right Honorable Vincent Massey (1887-1967), the 18th Governor of General of Canada. He was the first Canadian appointed to the post, and from that day the Governor General has always been a Canadian citizen. 

The story behind Rue du Yukon

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Photo: Bill Cox
Rue du Yukon is named after the smallest and westernmost of Canada’s three northern territories (the other two are Northwest Territories and Nunavut).

Rue Thomas Pope

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Photo: Bill Cox
This street is named in honour of Thomas Pope, the 10th mayor of Quebec City, who was born to Scottish immigrants in Prescott, Upper Canada (Ontario), on October 16, 1825. He was sent to Scotland at an early age to be educated, and after his return, he became a lawyer after articling under Jean-François-Joseph Duval, who later became Chief Justice of Quebec. 
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