A Riverside Promenade in Quebec
May 27, 2013 by Alice Webb
To follow up on my last post about promenades, one fine example that I visited recently is a 2.5-km. greenway along the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec City. The Promenade Samuel de Champlain was completed in 2008 in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city. It includes separate pedestrian and bicycle paths, contemporary art, and intersecting gardens/walkways with references to the natural and historical significance of the river. Champlain Boulevard, a major roadway leading into lower Quebec City, was improved and incorporated into the design.
I only had the time to see a couple sections of this extensive waterfront esplanade – below are a few images from my visit.
Quai des Brumes (Quay of Mists) is one of several walkway/garden areas crossing the promenade. In summer, linear grates emit mist, referencing the occasional riverine conditions. Geometric stone monoliths are juxtaposed with natural boulders at this site.
The Quai des Brumes garden continues across Champlain Boulevard, perpendicular to the promenade. Other garden areas along the route also cross in a similar manner.
This is another area with an art installation, in this case mimicking the trees. Bicycle and pedestrian ways are separate throughout most of the promenade’s length.
Observation tower at the Cageux Pier, marking the west end of the promenade
Seating area on the pier
An array of bike stands is situated next to a multipurpose building at the Cageux Pier.
I like how the vertical lines of this railing transect the shadows of seating/steps that lead down to the river’s edge.
At the western end of the promenade, the bicycle path separates (to the left) from the pedestrian walkway.
Nice combination of wood decking, pavers, and concrete along the pedestrian section of the promenade. (The bicycle path diverges to the left at this point.)
Bicycle section of the promenade – the dandelions on each side of this trail actually look great en masse.
Photos by Alice Webb