I tracked down five types of street signs within the traditional limits of Quebec City. The oldest signs are these attractive blue and white ones. The highest concentration of such signs are in Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
This type of sign with a curious mix of embossed lower case and capital letters is the next in our chronological progression. Saint-Sauveur is where most of these are located.
After the 1950s, these signs with rounded corners and a black line frame started popping up. This type is scattered all over the city.
The most recent type of sign is this one, which began appearing in the 1990s. The historical information explaining the origins of street names is an interesting addition, but the font and general design are a bit boring.
These types of signs are visible only within the historic district of Vieux Quebec. They started appearing in the late 1980s. The design is looking a bit dated. The colours have faded on the older signs, leading to a bright pink/baby blue border unsuitable for a historic district. But I suppose it could be worse.
In 2002, many outlying municipalities were amalgamated into a larger Quebec City. Most of these were nondescript suburbs with traditional North American green signs. Other municipalities, like Sillery (above), had their own type of street sign. Although these municipalities no longer exist in any legal sense, signs have not yet been changed.
Tags: Quebec City, Signs, Street Signs