Family outings on the Plains of Abraham during the school break!

News Release

February 17, 2017 – Québec – The National Battlefields Commission               

The National Battlefields Commission offers families a wealth of activities on the Plains of Abraham during the school break from March 4 to 12, at little or no cost. The Snowshoer family outing, the Battles Exhibition 1759-1760 (entry is half price), the family walk, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating. Something for the entire family all week long!

Quick Facts

    • Snowshoer Family Outing

      Relive the winters of old during a walk in traditional snowshoes on the Plains of Abraham. Put on your cap, mittens, arrow-head sash and traditional laced snowshoes and learn about the chores that people from the era did during the long months of snow. Learn to identify trees felled for firewood and how to protect yourself from illness during the cold season. Discover what people hunted on the Plains in winter. Above all, enjoy the tales of your storyteller guide while sipping delicious hot chocolate. From March 6 to 10 at 2 pm. Departure from the Plains of Abraham Museum. Reservation required online or by telephone. In French only.

    • Battles Exhibition | 1759-1760

      “Battles” is a unique, authentic exhibition and an incredible immersive projection in Québec where history and technology intertwine marvellously. Original and sometimes poignant accounts of French, British, Canadian and Amerindian protagonists allow you to relive the battles of the Plains of Abraham and Saint-Foy through the written accounts of 17 witnesses from the era. Four different perspectives merge into a touching and vibrant collective overview of a dramatic episode of our history. Open year round. Entry is half price during the school break! 

    • Family Walk

      Take the family walk to learn about the history of the Plains of Abraham. Under its white mantle of snow, the park hides intriguing discoveries and, to add some spice, a few tricky questions… What inspired the name of the Plains of Abraham? “Oh Canada” was composed for which celebration? Is it true that the walls of the Martello towers can be up to three metres thick? Learn about your park and its history, daily. Departure from the Plains of Abraham Museum. Questionnaire and answers available on the premises or online. Free!

    • Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating

      Treat yourself to nature in the heart of Québec. Ski, snowshoe, walk and skate in an accessible and beautiful natural decor. There are close to 14 km of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers; 5.6 km of snow trails for pedestrians; and, a 3.8 km trail south of the nature trail for snowshoeing along Cap Diamant to Gilmour Hill. Located on the sports field, the skating rink is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Equipment rentals are available onsite and there is an inviting chalet where you can warm up. The rink is closed occasionally based on activities taking place and to maintain the ice. Free access.

    A map of the trails is offered at various points of service in the park. A waxing room (sports field) and three heated rest areas are available for skiers and pedestrians (Plains of Abraham Museum, the Pavilion near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand and the skaters’ chalet).

    Ski conditions (automated info-line): 418-648-4212

    Equipment rental ($): 418-208-5904.

    • Information and reservations:

      Plains of Abraham Museum

      835, avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, level 0, Québec

      418-649-6157 | 1-855-649-6157

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Nathalie Allaire
Outreach and Media Officer
Communications Division
The National Battlefields Commission

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