The Plains of Abraham Welcome the Sun Life Pentathlon des Neiges

News release

Québec, QC, February 16, 2023 – The Plains of Abraham will host the Sun Life Pentathlon des neiges in the heart of Quebec City from February 18 to February 26, 2023. The National Battlefields Commission, which manages the park, is thrilled to welcome this important sporting event that combines fun with competition. This year, the Plains will be represented by Amédée Fournier, a character from the 20th century linked with the history of the area. As vice-president of the Union commerciale’s “Amateurs de racquettes” snowshoeing club, Amédée will take part in the Family and Friends Challenge and the Social Integration Challenge on Sunday, February 19, as well as the Motivaction Jeunesse Multicultural Day on Thursday, February 23.


“As an urban park, the Plains are the perfect place for winter sports like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and skating. Our partnership with the Pentathlon, an inclusive and unifying event, is an opportunity to showcase these accessible activities, which are anchored in the park’s history. Good luck to all participants, and welcome to the Plains!”

- Annie Talbot, Secretary and CEO

Quick facts

  • Amédée Fournier was vice-president of the Union commerciale’s “Amateurs de racquettes” snowshoeing club during the early 20th century. The Union commerciale was a social club for financial and commercial clerks to help them network with their peers. Members also took the opportunity to found sports clubs.

  • The Plains of Abraham offer free access to cross country ski trails, a chilled skating rink (in partnership with the Ville de Québec), sledding hills, and snowshoeing and walking trails. Equipment can be rented at the Plains of Abraham Museum (snow carpets) and at the skaters’ chalet (skates, skis, and snowshoes). Information and detailed winter programming available online at

  • The first national historic park in Canada, the Battlefields Park includes the Plains of Abraham and Des Braves Park. Since 1908, the National Battlefields Commission, an agency of the Canadian government, has managed the conservation and development of this unparalleled gathering place, which welcomes 4 million visitors every year.


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

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

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