Spring Break Is for Nature, History, and Winter Sports on the Plains

News release

Québec, QC, February 13, 2023 – From February 25 to March 18, the Plains of Abraham welcome children and their parents to enjoy this piece of nature in the city and plunge into history during spring break. Shoot, Score!, a new treasure hunt this year, is an interactive adventure to help families discover the winter sports of the past and present. Using a web app on a smartphone, this activity leads children from ages 6 to 12 on the trail of a missing good luck charm. Perhaps they will join the long line of champions who have walked the grounds of the Plains!

Everyone can have fun on the sledding hills behind the Plains of Abraham Museum. Visitors can also use the cross-country ski trails, walking and snowshoeing trails, and the Plains of Abraham Skating Rink to take advantage of the winter season and get some exercise. Access to these facilities is free, and equipment can be rented ($) at the Plains of Abraham Museum (snow carpets) and the skaters’ chalet (skis, skates, and snowshoes). The Joan of Arc Garden, illuminated at dusk, is the site of a warming station with seats and a fireplace to create a welcoming space where visitors can take a break.

At the Plains of Abraham Museum, ticket prices are also on spring break: entry is free for visitors aged 17 years and younger. They can face the challenge of a trivia quiz that will test their ability to defend the colony while guiding them through the Battles 1759-1760, and Identities exhibitions. The Aeria exhibition will introduce them to eight characters linked to the Plains through sculptures created by Jérôme Trudelle and a tablet-based app.

Quick facts

  • Shoot, Score!

    Family treasure hunt.

    Until April 2, 2023. Ideal for children 6 to 12 years old. A smartphone with cellular data is required. $12 + tax per group. Purchase online. In partnership with Défi-Évasion.

  • Sliding

    Two areas for sliding have been prepared at the events site behind the Plains of Abraham Museum.

    Subject to snow conditions. Access is free. Snow carpets can be rented at the Plains of Abraham Museum reception desk during business hours ($5).

  • Cross-country skiing, walking, and snowshoeing

    Trails have been prepared for classic and skate skiing (beginner, intermediate, and expert) and for walking and snowshoeing.

    Subject to snow conditions. Access is free. Grooming operations can be followed live on the Nordic Pulse web app. Trail map available online. Equipment can be rented at the skaters’ chalet ($).

  • Plains of Abraham Skating Rink

    Chilled skating rink at the sports field west of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

    Presented in partnership with the Ville de Québec. Access is free. Schedule available online. Equipment can be rented at the skaters’ chalet ($).

  • Warming station and illuminated garden

    This warm space, complete with a fireplace and seating, is part of a network of warming stations across Quebec City. This space is illuminated by the surrounding Joan of Arc Garden. 

    Access is free. The Garden is lit year-round, at dusk. The warming station will operate from Sunday to Wednesday, 10 am to 8 pm, and Thursday to Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm, until March 19, 2023.

  • Plains of Abraham Museum

    Aeria, Battles 1759-1760, and Identities exhibitions.

    Rally questionnaire and free entry for visitors aged 17 and younger from February 25 to March 18, 2023. Schedule and rates are available online

  • More information and programming: online at theplainsofabraham.ca, by phone at 418-649-6157, or at the Plains of Abraham Museum reception desk (835 avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, QC  G1R 2L3).

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Media inquiries:
Nathalie Allaire
Assistant Director of Communications
The National Battlefields Commission
418 455-8712

Plains of Abraham Museum
835 avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, QC  G1R 2L3

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