If you happen to be in Quebec City, make sure to check out the Rue Du Petit Champlain.
The Rue Du Petit Champlain is also known as the Quartier Petit Champlain. It goes by various names but you can be sure if anyone mentions Petit Champlain and Quebec City, they’re talking about this shopping strip. [Gmaps]
What’s special about the Rue Du Petit Champlain?
So what’s so special about this old road? It’s one of the most wondrous places where you can see how old towns were like in the 1600s. There’s something welcoming and adorable about all these boutique style shops. It’s nice to find local shops and restaurans clustered in one place as well. I loved it. It’s a nice place to spend half a day at and going on a souvenir hunt.
The Red Door from (도깨비) & the Théâtre Petit Champlain
I found myself in Rue Du Petit Champlain because I was in search for sights from the Korean drama Goblin (도깨비) and this road happen to be one of the sights. It’s funny, because the red door can also be found in Rue Du Petit Champlain. Turns out that the door Eun Tak (은탁) takes in South Korea’s Duksung Women’s University Library leads to the back door of the Théâtre Petit Champlain in Quebec City. You can know more about my Goblin adventure in my post My Goblin Adventure in Quebec City.
It was really cute to see a small theatre part of this old road. I really wanted to go in and look around but it was closed both times I stopped by. It would’ve been great to see some local shows.
Right before you reach the theatre there’s a small garden park in the middle of the road where performers will play their instruments and sell their CDs. It’s called Parc Félix-Leclerc and is also decorated according to the seasons or holidays. I went during the fall and very near Halloween so the park was decorated with pumpkins, cob webs, tomb stones and a pirate ship with a crew.
Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec
Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec is a rail lift, much like an elevator but instead of going straight up and down, it goes up and down diagonally. Instead of hanging from cables like an elevator, this lift runs on a rail much like a train. It’s in a great location figuring that there’s no direct way to get to the Dufferin Terrace from the Petit Champlain and vice versa. The view is also very pretty. It’s a short ride worth enjoying if you’re tired of going up and down the hills of Old Quebec. It costs $3.50CAD so about $2.63USD. You can always go up and around the road by taking the stairs and going up the hill which isn’t too bad.
At the end of the road you run into a very famous mural! It’s called the Neptune Inn Mural. According to Quebec-Cite.com, it depicts the history of the working class in Cap Blanc of New France. There are several other mural throughout the city but this one you definitely can’t miss if your walking around the Petit Champlain.
While I didn’t do much shopping in the tiny shops, I really enjoyed walking through and seeing the different kinds of shops available. You can click on the following link to learn more of what shops are available and what events they offer in the Quartier Petit Champlain.
Would I go again? Yes!
I didn’t get to fully enjoy the Petit Champlain. I wish I had time to eat at several of their restaurants and try their bakeries because this road smelled so good. I also wanted to see a couple shows at the theatre. Not sure when but I do plan on going back and hopefully staying more than 24hrs.