Thursday, June 22, 2017

Quebec Trip #16: The Funiclaire and Who is Louis Jolliet?

Nick and Mike Ride the Funiculare

In this 15th blog on our May 2017 trip to Old Quebec City, Canada, we'll ride the Funiclaire which runs a boxy "car" on a track from the lower to the upper town. We'll also tell you who Louis Jolliet is and why you should know him. It's his house that acts as a station to the funiclaire.


The Old Quebec Funiculare is a funiculare railway in the Old Quebec. It connects the lower town to the upper town and a trip on the line travels 210 feet at a 45 degree angle!!  There are 2 cars, one on each track.   
View from upper to lower town onboard
Looking at the Upper Town station
The historic building in lower town where it arrives

BUILT, REBUILT, REBUILT, REBUILT... The funiculaire opened on November 17, 1879, and originally used the water ballast system of propulsion, similar to that still used by the Nerobergbahn in Wiesbaden, Germany. The line was converted to electrical operation in 1907. On July 2, 1945, a major fire destroyed the structure, necessitating a rebuild that was completed in 1946. Since then, major renovations have taken place in 1978 and 1998. In 2004 it celebrated 125 years of operating

THE FAMOUS LOUIS JOLLIET HOUSE /FUNICULAIRE STATION - Although you may not know who Louis Jolliet is, you should. He made a major discovery in the U.S. Louis Jolliet,  "discovered" the Mississippi River along with Father Jacques Marquette in 1673
Historic Marker on the Louis Jolliet House
  His 2 story house was completed in 1683 according to plans by the French stonecutter and architect, Claude Baillif.  Since 1879 the house has served as the lower station for the funicular linking the Upper and Lower towns.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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I'm a simple guy who enjoys the simple things in life, especially our dogs. I volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy exercising, blogging, politics, helping friends and neighbors, participating in ghost investigations, coffee, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country music,writing books on ghosts and spirits, cooking simply and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.