The story behind Avenue De Laune


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Avenue De Laune is a tree-lined residential street in the Montcalm district of La Cité-Limoilou borough. It runs downhill south of Grande Allée Ouest to Côte Gilmour, near the path where DeLaune made his way up to the Plains of Abraham with members of Wolfe’s army on Sept. 13, 1759. This street is now part of the route of the annual Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, which coincidentally takes place this year on Sept. 13.

This street is named in honour of British army officer William DeLaune (? - 1761). DeLaune was promoted to captain when James Wolfe became colonel of the 67th Infantry Regiment in 1758. Wolfe apparently thought highly of DeLaune as a potential commander of light infantry since he took him on the expedition against the French in Quebec in 1759.