Vieux Port and Promenade de Champlain

Map data courtesy OpenStreetMap.org

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.

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. With your back to the market, turn left and begin running south along the bike path.
  3. 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:
    1. the Vieux Port - .5 mi / .8 km
    2. 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. 
    3. Boulevard Champlain
  4. 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).
  5. Make a choice: You can either
    1. keep going as long as you want on the bike path. It continues another 6.8 km along the water, or
    2. go up the stairs at Escalier du Cap Blanc and continue your run in Battlefields Park (see Add it on!), or
    3. go back to the Marché du Vieux Port.
  6. End your run.