A virgin 1960 postcard showing the toboggan slide on Dufferin Terrace in Québec .
Now , who was Dufferin ?
Well , the guy was Governor General of Canada at the end of the 18oo . He was athletic and adventurous , skiing and sailing and what's not . In 1887 , he decided to build - his own money - a slide in Ottawa and a slide in Québec .
The building you see that looks like a castle ... is a castle that is in fact an hotel , a very posh hotel : the Château Frontenac ... Named for the most famous governor of Nouvelle France .
You can stay there ... Churchill had a room and Roosevelt too . Everyone that is someone had a room there at some point .
The slide is wood covered with ice and you can go down from December to March .
You rent the long and heavy toboggan , you hike up , an attendant place it on the runway - there are 3 - and you sit .
When you are ready , he hits the lever and down you go !! The heavier , the better ...
On a good day , you can hit 70 km/hour ...
It used to be faster and longer but society as it is likes thrill but tame thrill ... you can easily lose a finger or an arm if they get caught between the toboggan and the icy sides of the run . The longer and the faster being more dangerous ... they decided to limit the speed ... but I remember !!!
After the run ... or runs ... you can walk around and admire the view : the St Laurent and the Laurentides ... hills , not mountains like people in these parts believe .
The photo was probably taken in March considering the illumination and the way people are dressed . You can clearly see a toboggan standing on the left .
70 or 80 km/hour is a good speed for a tourist . Put your camera on video mode and film your run for posterity !