Located on Dufferin Terrace, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, this impressive structure was built in 1898 and stands as an iconic reminder of Quebec’s past.
Samuel de Champlain was born in France around 1570 and became an explorer who traveled extensively throughout North America during his lifetime. He founded Quebec City on July 3rd 1608, making it the first permanent French settlement north of Mexico. As a result, he is often referred to as “the Father of New France” for his pivotal role in establishing Canada’s presence on the continent.
The Champlain Monument stands 45 feet tall with its base made from local stone quarried from nearby Isle-aux-Coudres located at Montmorency Falls Park near Québec City. The statue itself is made from bronze and depicts him standing atop a globe with his arms extended outward towards either side while looking out over the river below. At night time, visitors can marvel at how it appears lit up against a starry sky which adds even more beauty to this already stunning sight.
Atop the monument are two statues representing Peace (on one side) and Liberty (on another). On each corner there is also an inscription which reads: “A la memoire du fondateur de Quebec” meaning “In memory of founder of Québec”. There are also four plaques located around its base inscribed with some facts about Samuel de Champlain’s life such as his date of birth/death along with other accomplishments he achieved during his lifetime like exploring much of present day Canada including parts Ontario & Nova Scotia amongst others.
Today, visitors can take part in guided tours or simply explore independently where they will learn all about Samuel de Champlain’s legacy through interactive displays inside its walls – perfect for those interested in learning more about our country’s rich history.