After being blown about in our walk into and out of the Citadelle du Québec, we forced our way forward against the gusting winds and down the Grande Allée towards the Chateau Frontenac.
On this short jaunt, both our umbrellas were casualties. My wife’s umbrella inverted and in my attempts to fix it, I may or may not have done the MAN thing and forced it back, breaking one rib. Mine inverted with such force, I had fears of becoming freaking Mary Poppins. I then stayed out on the sidewalk for the next 15 minutes trying to get it to collapse, with no success. My wife went into the Chateau for shelter. She seemed surprised to see me in the same spot fifteen minutes later. Hey, even the President of the US of A can not figure out how to collapse an umbrella.
Together, we made our way over to the Parks Canada archaeological site under Dufferin Terrace, as umbrella toting tourists blew past us like leaves in a late fall breeze.
Access to the dig is from Dufferin Terrace and at last we found an attraction where the admission was covered by our Canada Parks pass. Once own below the terrace, I left my still open umbrella in the corner, as we toured the site.
The project began in 2005 and discoveries since then include the remains of the four Saint Louis forts, basement remains of to Saint Louis Chateaux and remains of buildings constructed in the front and South yards of the chateau. The most major discovery was the remains of Samuel de Champlain’s last living quarters built inside Fort Saint Louis in 1626. It seems the views from this point were most favourable to Champlain and a succession of French and British governors. (Source:Wikipedia)
Parts of the boardwalk terrace were removed during the various phases of excavation. All seems normal on top now and you would not even what lies below unless you take the tour or look through the three glass archaeoscopes installed into the terrace decking by Parks Canada in 2012. This is the view up through one of the archaeoscopes.
Interpreters are on hand inside to explain the excavations and finds, as well as answer questions. Looking through the foundation windows to the Old Port below, made us glad we were inside.
There are several displays of past governors and inhabitants of the chateaux and forts, as well as cooking utensils and other relics found during excavation.
It was nice having this (dry) walk through Canada’s history. We retraced our steps, gathered our destroyed umbrellas and headed back outside into the weather.