Located in the historic district of Lower Town, it is one of the oldest commercial streets in North America, dating back to 1608.
The fresco was created by artist Pierre Leduc and his team in 1991 as part of an initiative to revitalize Old Quebec’s narrow cobblestone lanes. The mural depicts scenes from everyday life during the 17th century when New France was founded – including street vendors, sailors, fur traders, musicians and more. It also features images from local legends such as La Corriveau (a ghostly figure who haunts old graveyards) and Le Chasse-galerie (the mythical flying canoe).
This impressive work stretches for over 100 feet along Rue du Petit Champlain between Place Royale and Côte de la Montagne. Its bright colors are sure to draw attention with its reds, blues, oranges and yellows depicting a vivid picture of days gone by. Visitors can take their time admiring each detail or simply wander through this picturesque lane filled with boutiques selling local handicrafts.
In addition to being a beautiful piece of artistry, Fresque du Petit-Champlain has become an integral part of Québec City’s identity over the years. It has been featured on Canadian stamps as well as international publications such as National Geographic Magazine which recognized its significance within Canada’s culture heritage landscape.