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June 16, 2015 – Québec – The National Battlefields Commission                      


The National Battlefields Commission is offering free activities in honour of Canada, as well as a host of unique affordable experiences all summer long, including the Martello 1 Tower iPad exhibition, the not-to-be-missed guided tour aboard Abraham’s Bus, the Traces exhibition, and the Student Masterworks exhibition. Make the most of the summer with your family on the Plains!



  • Attention, Gunner of the Martello Tower! exhibition. The past meets the present as you explore this defensive tower, iPad in hand, and step back in time get to know the military engineering, architecture, and history of Québec’s Martello towers and the way of life of the soldiers who lived in them. A one-of-a-kind virtual experience with period animation superimposed on the inside of the tower.

Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Martello Tower 1. Free admission on July 1 (paid admission starting July 2).

  • Abraham’s Bus guided tour. Hop on Abraham Martin’s bus to hear what this colourful character—or his equally entertaining wife—has to say about the plains that bear his name. Embark on a playful tour of park history and its best-kept secrets. Fun for the whole family!

Daily, multiple departures from the Plains of Abraham Museum starting July 2 ($).

  • Traces – Listening to remnants. Study over 100 artifacts from National Battlefields Park’s archaeological collection. See what life was like for our predecessors living at a 17th century civilian site (Des Braves Park) and 19th century military site (blockhouse).

Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Plains of Abraham Museum. Free admission starting July 1.

  • 7th annual Student Masterworks exhibition. The creations of almost 200 students from Beauce-Etchemin school board schools will be on display, showcasing more than 100 replicas of objects from New France and thousands of hours of student work supported by a team of dedicated teachers. Truly inspiring!

Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Plains of Abraham Museum. Free admission starting July 1.

  • 23rd season of music at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand. This outstanding outdoor stage will be serving up 28 free shows for a summer of music! Full programming online.

Thursdays to Sundays, 8 p.m. at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand. Free shows June 11 to July 5 and July 23 to August 9.

  • My Mobile Plains multiplatform app. Interactive park map with some 200 points of interest. Free for download on smartphones, tablets, and computers. Tablets available for rent at the Plains of Abraham Museum ($).
  • And don’t forget to explore the park and all its natural beauty: the Joan of Arc Garden, Nature Trail, and much more, like the inline skating, jogging, and walking oval around the sports field. This outstanding historic park in the middle of the city is open to all, and yours to enjoy!



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

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