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- Jeff Frenette
Year-round, this lookout point affords one of the most scenic panoramic views of the region and notable landmarks, such as the Château Frontenac, Dufferin Terrace and St. Lawrence River.
There are two ways to get to Pierre-Dugua-De Mons Terrace. The first is to walk across Dufferin Terrace to the end of the wooden slide runs. The second is to walk up from avenue Saint-Denis.
A bust of Pierre Dugua de Mons has been placed on the terrace bearing his name. He is the man who instructed Samuel de Champlain to colonize New France and thus found Québec.
What to do at Pierre-Dugua-De Mons Terrace?
- Any photo you take at the terrace, no matter the season or the time of day, would be as pretty as a postcard.
- You can have a picnic on the lawn while admiring the view.
- Go for a stroll along the walls of the Citadel located next to the terrace.
History of Pierre Dugua de Mons
Pierre Dugua de Mons was from Royan, France. In 1603, he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of New France and acquired the monopoly of the Acadian fur trade on the condition he founded a permanent colony there. In 1605, he founded Port-Royal, whose governor he then became.
In 1608, he sent Samuel de Champlain to build a new trading post at the future site of Québec City. Pierre Dugua de Mons thus played a key role in establishing the first permanent French presence in North America.
This lookout point has only been called Pierre-Dugua-De Mons Terrace since 2007. Previously, it had simply been known as the Saint-Denis Terrace because avenue Saint-Denis runs alongside it.