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The Cannonball Tree

Unraveling An Intriguing Tale! – L’Arbre au Boulet: The Tree with the Cannonball!

In the heart of Quebec City’s historic district lies an enigmatic landmark that has stood the test of time and witnessed the pages of history turn – L’Arbre au Boulet, or “The Tree with the Cannonball.” Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the fascinating tale behind this resilient tree and its indelible connection to the city’s storied past!

A tree trunk with a metal ball in it.

A Living Witness to the Past

Nestled within the serene confines of a quaint park, L’Arbre au Boulet stands tall. Its gnarled branches reach for the sky like outstretched arms. Its weathered bark tells a thousand stories, as it holds within its core a silent secret that dates back centuries. Until a fateful day in the Spring of 2021 when it had to be cut due to safety concerns.

The Legacy of Conflict

L’Arbre au Boulet’s intriguing tale traces its roots to the early 18th century. During a time when conflicts echoed through the continent. As a symbol of colonial power, Quebec City was coveted by European nations. And in 1759, Quebec became the epicenter of a decisive battle between the British and French forces; the Seven Years’ War.

The Battle of Quebec

On the fateful day of September 13, 1759, cannonballs and bullets tore through the city’s streets, one wayward cannonball found an unexpected target – a towering tree. The resilient tree bore the impact with grace, embedding the cannonball deep within its trunk. A living testament to the tumultuous events that unfolded that day.

A Symbol of Resilience

In the aftermath of the Battle of Quebec, as peace returned to the city, the scarred tree continued to thrive, becoming a symbol of resilience and hope for the people of Quebec. L’Arbre au Boulet served as a poignant reminder of the past, a testament to the city’s ability to withstand the trials of history.

L’Arbre au Boulet stood. as a cherished heritage site, preserved and protected by the city and its people. Visitors from all corners of the globe come to see this extraordinary tree, reflecting on the courage of those who faced the battle’s hardships and the enduring spirit of Quebec City.

An Engaging Cultural Experience

As you stood before L’Arbre au Boulet, you’d find yourself immersed in the echoes of history. Take a moment to visualize the cannonballs hurtling through the air, the soldiers’ resolute march, and the determination of the city’s defenders. It’s a surreal experience that transports you back in time, connecting you to the very essence of Quebec’s vibrant past.

L’Arbre au Boulet not only symbolizes the city’s past but also serves as a reminder of the unity and harmony that emerged from a tumultuous history. It stands as a testament to the diverse cultures that have shaped Quebec City, binding its inhabitants together in a shared journey of resilience and progress.

Preserving the Heritage

The preservation of L’Arbre au Boulet is a testament to Quebec City’s commitment to safeguarding its cultural heritage. As visitors, we become stewards of this legacy, ensuring that future generations can continue to marvel at the tree’s indomitable spirit and connect with the past.


L’Arbre au Boulet beckoned you to embark on a personal encounter with history. A new sculpture will be placed on the site of the tree in 2023 to memorialize it.

The sculpture will take you in the footsteps of those who lived through momentous times, and to appreciate the enduring beauty of this once living and strong monument. Pay a visit to this awe-inspiring tree and allow its captivating tale to weave its magic.

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Embrace the allure of L’Arbre au Boulet and journey through Quebec City‘s vibrant past. This once resilient tree with a cannonball embedded within its core is a living testament to the spirit of a city that has withstood the tests of time, and it awaits your arrival to share its captivating tale!

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