Petit Champlain is a neighbourhood in Quebec City, Canada. It is the oldest commercial district in North America. It is located in the district of Vieux-Québec–Cap-Blanc–colline Parlementaire in the borough of La Cité-Limoilou, near Place Royale. Its main street is the Rue du Petit-Champlain at the foot of Cap Diamant.
Craftsman and traders have formed a cooperative in 1985 and offer their products. It’s the best place to bring something unique from Québec
Rue du Petit-Champlain mural
The mural painted on the side of the house located at 102 rue du Petit-Champlain (currently owned by Coopérative des artisans et commerçants du quartier Petit Champlain) is a trompe-l’œil measuring 100m2 (900 ft2). It represents the history of the district, the bombardments of 1759, the landslides, and the fires which have occurred in the district.
The Breakneck Stairs or Breakneck Steps (French: Escalier casse-cou), Quebec City’s oldest stairway, were built in 1635. Originally called escalier Champlain “Champlain Stairs”, escalier du Quêteux “Beggars’ Stairs”, or escalier de la Basse-Ville “Lower Town Stairs”, they were given their current name in the mid-19th century, because of their steepness. The stairs have been restored several times, including an 1889 renovation by Charles Baillargé.