Winter magic happens at the Plains of Abraham!

News Release

December 20,2017– Québec – The National Battlefields Commission               

The National Battlefields Commission (NBC) is ready to offer visitors wonderful winter moments to spend with family and friends at the very heart of the city! History lovers and snowshoe enthusiasts will be well served with the Snowshoer’s traditional guided tour. For a fifth season, the Joan of Arc Garden has been transformed with scenes reminiscent of the Plains’ winter history. For the pleasure of all, the Plains of Abraham skating rink located at the playing fields has been open since December 8 and the cross-country ski trails opened yesterday! Come and experience the joys of winter at the Plains of Abraham!

Quick Facts

  • The Snowshoer
    Participate in a guided tour steeped in the past. History lovers and winter recreationalists, put on your caps, mittens, arrow-head sashes and traditional laced snowshoes and accompany a 20th century snowshoer on a tour on the Plains. An original recreational outing reminiscent of the “belle époque” of winter sports and leisure activities of yesteryear. From January 27 to February 11 at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.$17 / ages 10 to 64, $15 / age 65 or older. Equipment and hot chocolate included. Reservation online or by telephone: or 418-649-6157.

  • The Snowshoer went a courtin’
    On Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to a guided tour including stories about the courtship rituals of the golden age of snowshoeing and the fascinating — and sometimes racy— stories of our ancestors. February 14 at 7 p.m. $17 / ages 13 to 64, $15 / age 65 or older. Equipment, lantern and hot chocolate included. Reservation online or by telephone: or 418-649-6157.

  • Tour the Joan of Arc Garden cloaked in its mantle of snow
    In a magical atmosphere, discover the winter heritage of the Plains of Abraham in a unique decor of sparkling decorations and winter scenes from centuries past. The Joan of Arc Garden, a must-see — and see-again! Until mid-April. Free.

  • Plains of Abraham skating rink
    The skating rink is a joint effort partnered by Ville de Québec and the NBC to allow you to experience the great outdoors in downtown Québec City. It is located at the playing fields west of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. The refrigerated skating rink allows visitors to fully appreciate the wonders of winter. On site, equipment rental ($) and food services ($) are offered at the skaters’ chalet where you can drop by to warm up. Until March 11 (weather conditions permitting). Free. Information: 418-520-7047.

  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
    Ski in one of the most accessible and enchanting locations offering a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River. The Plains of Abraham offers 13.9 km of groomed trails for beginner, intermediate and expert cross-country skiers; a 3.8 km (round trip) trail for snowshoeing along Cap Diamant from the Cap Blanc staircase to Gilmore Hill; and 6.6 km of walking trails. A waxing room and three heated rest areas also are open to visitors at the Plains of Abraham Museum, the Pavilion (near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand) and the skaters’ chalet (skating rink). Until the end of March (depending on the snow conditions). Free. Ski conditions: 418-648-4212. At the skaters’ chalet, the Friends of the Plains of Abraham offer equipment rental services ($) daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: 418-520-7047. Classic cross-country skiing lessons ($): 418-649-6476 or 581-741-3991.

  • Information and reservations
    Plains of Abraham Museum
    835, Wilfrid-Laurier Avenue, level 0,
    Québec (Québec) G1R 2L3
    418-649-6157 | 1-855-649-6157

    Ask about available gift certificates!

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

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