Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site
Parks Canada in the Historic District of Old Québec
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A Look Under Dufferin Terrace
Parks Canada Introduces the Archaeoscope
A Look Under Dufferin Terrace © Parks Canada
Parks Canada installed in 2012 three archaeoscopes on Dufferin Terrace. These five-foot-tall glass prisms will allow visitors to view the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site's archaeological remains at all times. Installation should be completed within a month.
The archaeoscopes are a new concept that will now allow thousands of visitors to view the foundations of the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux under a new light. The rich history of this site where a number of important decisions were made for the future of our country is now rightfully presented.
To implement this state-of-the-art approach to sharing our heritage, Parks Canada carefully preserved the magic of the site, to ensure that visitors would be proud of seeing these cutting-edge devices appear on the Terrace.
The Terrace and the remains of the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux are landmark attractions for visitors to the Old City and local residents alike. They are among the busiest parts of the Old City tourism infrastructure, the terrace registering over 825,000 visits in 2011.
Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site is located under the Dufferin Terrace and harbours the vestiges of the residences of those French and British governors who held office between 1620 and 1834. The Durham Terrace, renamed the Dufferin Terrace half a century later, was built on the ruins of the last château after its destruction by fire. The Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux, a seat of power, were recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 2001 and are part of the Historic District of Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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