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.