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Breakneck Stairs

Watch your step, umm steps....

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If traveling by foot, there are a few options to get from Lower Town in the Old Port to Upper Town — and vice versa — notably the Quebec Funicular and Escalier Casse-Cou or the Breakneck Stairs.

You’ll find the first short flight of stairs at the end of Rue du Petit Champlain, which connects to Côte de la Montagne, a winding steep street.

Here you can continue a leisurely stroll up Côte de la Montagne or take a shortcut — a second, even longer flight of stairs. Either option leads to a small plaza in front of the Château Frontenac.

Smokers, high-heel wearers, recent heart-attack victims and bag-toting shoppers need not apply.

However, if you’re looking to build up some leg and calf muscles, then this is the stairmaster for you.

A hint: take the stairs on the way downhill to the Old Port and then take the funicular (about $2) back up to Upper Town.

Written by
Steve Howell


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