Vieux Port and Promenade de Champlain
Quebec sits on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, and a bicycle / pedestrian path runs next to the water. This path makes for the perfect run to take in the sights and sounds of the waterfront, and is a great place to train a marathon long run. Our out-and-back route starts and ends at the Marché du Vieux Port, a pleasant market where you can get a pre-run snack. It will wind you around the harbor and send you cruising southwest next to the banks of the St. Lawrence.
- Start your run at the Place du Marché du Vieux Port. This is a good local market where you can find some delicious snacks and works by local artists.
- With your back to the market, turn left and begin running south along the bike path.
- Follow the bike path as it runs next to the banks of the St. Lawrence and turns you to the southwest. As you go you will pass:
- the Vieux Port - .5 mi / .8 km
- the streets of Vieux Quebec - .8 mi / 1.2 km
Note: At time of research there was some construction as you passed Vieux Quebec and Place Royal. Just keep following the signs for the bicycle route - it will open up just past the old city.
- Boulevard Champlain
- Keep going to Rue des Sapeurs (1.8 mi / 2.9 km). Just past that intersection is a crosswalk that leads across Rue Champlain and to the Escalier du Cap-Blanc, a staircase which will take you up and into Battlefields Park. This is just past the 2-mile mark (2.05 mi / 3.3 km).
- Make a choice: You can either
- keep going as long as you want on the bike path. It continues another 6.8 km along the water, or
- go up the stairs at Escalier du Cap Blanc and continue your run in Battlefields Park (see Add it on!), or
- go back to the Marché du Vieux Port.
- End your run.