Parks Canada

Parks Canada

December 20, 2006 08:00 ET

Parks Canada/Information Bulletin: Governors' Promenade Reopened to the Public

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 20, 2006) - The Governors' Promenade will be accessible to the public again starting from December 20, 2006. This reopening is made possible by a major reconstruction operation on the part of Parks Canada, begun last May at a cost of $1.5 million. An average of 200 000 people use the Governors' Promenade each year.

As a part of the operation, many structural elements of the Promenade have been repaired and consolidated to improve visitor safety. Cracks in the concrete structure that were affected by water seepage have been inspected and repaired. The weakened beams of the wooden bridge have been replaced, along with the steps and the service box.

Construction of the Governors' Promenade began in 1958, to highlight the 350th anniversary of the founding of Quebec by Champlain in 1608. It was completed in 1959 and inaugurated on September 9, 1960 by Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. The Promenade is 655 metres long. Starting from the Dufferin Terrace, a 308 step staircase brings pedestrians to the heights of the Plains of Abraham.

Parks Canada is the Government of Canada agency responsible for protecting and presenting Canada's natural and cultural heritage.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Quebec Field Unit
    Hugues Michaud