Street Views

The story behind Côte Badelard

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Photo: Google Maps

This cobblestone pathway and wooden staircase which join Upper (Saint-Jean-Baptiste) and Lower Town (Saint-Roch) are named in honour of Philippe-Louis-François Badelard (1728-1807).

Rue Armand-Viau Formerly Rue Joseph-Morrin

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A street and an industrial park in the Duberger-Les Saules district of the Les Rivières borough of Quebec City were named after Armand Viau (1901-1967), who was the industrial commissioner for Quebec City from 1945 to 1953 and the general manager of the industry and commerce bureau of the Quebec City region from 1958 to 1967.

The story behind Rue Beethoven

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This street in Beauport is named in honour of the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), one of the greatest figures in the history of classical music. 

The story behind Place d’Armes

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Situated in the heart of Old Quebec, Place d’Armes is surrounded by such historic buildings as the Château Frontenac, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, and the Old Court House. It is bordered by Rue Saint-Louis, Rue du Fort, Rue Sainte-Anne and Rue du Trésor.

The story behind Boulevard Bastien

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In the 17th century, a road was opened to connect Charlesbourg and Jeune-Lorette, the Wendat village later known as Village-des-Hurons and known today as Wendake. The road was named Boulevard Bastien in 1949 to honour Ludger (Sarenhes) Bastien (1879-1948), a Wendat businessman born in Loretteville. 

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Arthur-Labrie

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Photo: Google Maps

This street is named in honour of Arthur Labrie (1905-2003). The holder of a Ph. D. in science from Université Laval, Labrie was chosen in 1936 to put in place an experimental research station at Grande-Rivière in the Gaspé. A few years later, he convinced the university to merge it with the school’s biology research station.

The story behind Rue Antonio-Barrette

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This street in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood of Quebec City is named in honour of former Quebec premier Antonio Barrette (1899-1968). 

The story behind Rue Audubon

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This street in Beauport is named in honour of John James Audubon, an American ornithologist, naturalist and painter. He was noted for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. He was born in 1785 in Haiti to French parents and died Jan. 27, 1851 in New York. 

The story behind Rue de l’Aviation

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

The name Rue de l’Aviation was granted to the Ville de Québec by the federal government in 1951 as a reminder of the major role played by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during the Second World War. Forty-eight squadrons (bombers, fighters and transport or reconnaissance planes) participated in all European Allied operations.

The story behind Rue de l’Apiculteur-Verret

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Photo: Bill Cox
Rue de l’Apiculteur-Verret is named in honour of Jacques-Ferdinand Verret (1860-1946) who was a renowned beekeeper. Born in Charlesbourg (now part of Quebec City), he was the oldest of a family of 10 children. From a young age, he worked with his father, who owned a general store and bakery. He married Lucie Bédard in 1897 but the couple had no children. 
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