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Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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Excellent views, no charge

For the walk down, its free and the view of the Quartier Petite Champlain is great for photos (plus... read more

Reviewed yesterday
William C
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Toronto Canada
Perfect photo op!

These are slick in freezing weather but the handrails kept them from being breakneck! The top is a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
NieSam
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Maine
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This steep stairway connects Lower Town with the Terrasse Dufferin.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lower town” (50 reviews)
“coming down” (5 reviews)
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Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
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"lower town"
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"watch your step"
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"coming down"
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"catch your breath"
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"petit champlain"
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"take your time"
in 14 reviews
"old quebec"
in 34 reviews
"great exercise"
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"nice shops"
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"shops and restaurants"
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"take pictures"
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"dufferin terrace"
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"walk up"
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"walk around"
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"walking tour"
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Reviewed yesterday

For the walk down, its free and the view of the Quartier Petite Champlain is great for photos (plus there is a pub right there). Not as imposing as the name implies, even in the snow we went up and down without issue including my...More

Thank William C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

These are slick in freezing weather but the handrails kept them from being breakneck! The top is a great spot for a photo of the lower city but we all found the perfect photo spot to be solid ice! Definitely worth the walk!

Thank NieSam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The steps from the gated old Quebec City down to the "Old Port" will burn the calories right off you! In the summer they are nicely padded, but during the winter the pads are removed for worn uts that make it easy and less slippery....More

Thank MRVEGAS711
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even in winter, with thick snow, this steep slope is always busy. They take you to the inner artistic area in Quebec, full of art galleries, cozy restaurants, small boutiques and street artists making ice sculptures. It takes you to the lower part of the...More

Thank Sclauca
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such a great spot to overlook this neat little section of the city! Make sure to get pics before you head down, its a great view from the top!

Thank amymlong
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you stand at the top of the stairs you can look down into the town. If you are lucky to be there when its covered in snow, this is a great spot for pictures/ selfies of you in Quebec

Thank FFXTravelers
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

We took the steps up and the Funincular down. The steps are not that bad, but just use the handrail. The steps are faster than the funincular and there are some really funky shops to visit while on the stairs. So take the stairs at...More

Thank Lynn M
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Did the steps twice - once in rain and ice and once during snow storm. Both times a great short workout but more fun in the snow.

Thank jakesamdad
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

I was lucky enough the lose my footing on the second step of these icy wonders. The slide on my hip to the landing was unexpected but not especially painful and left no permanent injury. These steps were only one of many slippery attractions that...More

1  Thank Adam S
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

I marked them average. As steps go, they were average: Rectangular, roughly 7" high if I was guessing, but I forgot my step-measuring device. If you stop at the landings they do offer a nice view of the city, and the look back down Petite...More

Thank Suydam
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