This summer, explore history on the Plains of Abraham
June 27, 2017 – Québec – The National Battlefields Commission
The National Battlefields Commission invites you to explore history on the Plains of Abraham from Canada Day to Labour Day. Discover the history of the battles of 1759 and 1760, admire artefacts from the Park’s archeological collection, learn about the secrets hidden behind the walls of the Martello 1 Tower and take a family tour of the Park aboard Abraham’s Bus. On July 1, several free activities await you. The newly restored Centennial Fountain will be illuminated in red on Canada Day. It is one of the initiatives taken by the National Battlefields Commission to highlight the 150th Anniversary of Confederation.
On July 1, join the Canada Day celebrations on the Plains! In addition to the festivities at the Park, six activities will be offered free of charge at the Plains of Abraham Museum and the Martello 1 Tower, including the following exhibitions: Battles |1759-1760, Identities, Student Masterworks, Traces and Attention! Take advantage of your presence at the Museum to go on Montcalm’s Walking Tour (Abraham’s Bus will be out of service for the day).
From July 2 to September 4, history-related family activities will be offered at little cost. The Battles |1759-1760, Identities and Attention! exhibitions and the guided tour aboard Abraham’s Bus will be offered for an all-inclusive price.
Battles | 1759-1760 is a unique, epic journey where visitors relive the battles of the Plains of Abraham and Sainte-Foy through dramatic accounts (immersive projection), interactive games (stations), period reproductions and a collection of costumes and uniforms from the era. And don’t miss the new interactive Order and Law section that traces unknown impacts underlying the conflict during the era of famous battles.
Daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Plains of Abraham Museum. Free admission on July 1. Presented year round ($).
In addition to the human physical traces left behind at the Battlefields Park, discover their history and identity through the new, permanent Identities exhibition. View numerous theme artefacts from the Park’s archeological collection: housing, layout, work, food, communication, entertainment, clothing and appearance.
Daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Plains of Abraham Museum. Free on July 1. Presented year round ($)
The, Attention! exhibition invites you to enter the remains of a unique defence system and use a smart tablet (iPad) to explore the history of the Martello Towers of Quebec, military engineering, their architecture and the living conditions of the military billeted in the towers. A unique, user-friendly, virtual reality and real-time experience in historical animation with the tower as a backdrop.
Daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Martello 1 Tower. Free admission on July 1. From July 2 ($).
Board Abraham’s Bus and the colourful Abraham Martin or his wife will help you discover various aspects of the history of the Plains named after him. During the tour on Abraham’s Bus tinged with humour, learn about the Park’s unforgettable places and well-kept secrets. Occasionally, the famous French general will take over with a walking tour of the Park: Montcalm’s Walking Tour.
Daily - Several departures from the Plains of Abraham Museum. Free on July 1 (on Canada Day, Abraham’s Bus will be replaced by Montcalm’s Walking Tour). From July 2 ($).
At the Plains of Abraham Museum, discover the 9th edition of the Student Masterworks exhibition featuring over one hundred replicas of historical objects crafted by elementary and high school students. Also at the Museum, the Traces exhibition sheds light on the changing civilian and military lifestyles over more than two centuries.
Daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Plains of Abraham Museum. Free starting on July 1 (Traces is presented year round).
To highlight the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the National Battlefield Commission has planned several initiatives, including the restoration and lighting of the Centennial Fountain (bequeathed on the occasion of Canada’s 100th Anniversary), mosaiculture (carpet-bedding) showcasing Canada 150 colours at the base of certain monuments, several performances by Canadian artists in concerts at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand and the conference on Comment l’histoire du Canada a marqué les plaines d’Abraham (in French only). Participate in activities at the Park to learn more about the country’s history and use the My Mobile Plains app available free of charge to facilitate your visit to the Park and some 200 points of interest.
Outreach and Media Officer, Communications Division
The National Battlefields Commission
418 648-4801, firstname.lastname@example.org
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