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During the school break, choose the Plains for family outings!

The National Battlefields Commission offers a wealth of activities on the Plains of Abraham during the school break from February 29 to March 6, at little or no cost. The Snowshoer family outing, the new Battles 1759-1760 exhibition (entry fee - half price), the pedestrian rally, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating. Something for the entire family all week long!


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  • Snowshoer Family Outing

Relive the winters of old through an exciting walk in traditional snowshoes on the Plains of Abraham. Put on your cap, mittens, arrow-head sash and traditional laced snowshoes. Learn about the chores that people from the era did during the long winter months. Identify animal tracks and, above all, enjoy the tales of your storyteller guide while sipping delicious hot chocolate. From February 29 to March 4 at 2 pm. Departure from the Plains of Abraham Museum. Reservation required ($), online or by telephone. Only in French.


  • Battles | 1759-1760 Exhibition

“Battles” is a unique, authentic exhibition, an incredible immersive projection where history and technology intertwine marvellously. Original and sometimes poignant accounts of French, British, Canadian and Amerindian protagonists allow you to relive the battles of the Plains of Abraham and Saint-Foy through the written accounts of 17 witnesses from the era. Four different perspectives merge into a touching and vibrant collective overview of a dramatic episode of our history. Open year round ($). Entry at half price during the school break! 


  • Family Walk

Put on your hiking boots and take the family walk to learn about the history of the Plains of Abraham. Under its white mantle of snow, the park hides intriguing discoveries and, to add some spice, a few tricky questions… What was the role of the governor to whom we owe the famous trophy of the Canadian Football League? Who was Edwin Bélanger? Is there a haunted labyrinth in the Martello Towers? Who gave his name to Gilmour Hill? Learn about your park and its history from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Departure from the Plains of Abraham Museum. Questionnaire and answers available on the premises or online. Free.


  • Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating

Treat yourself to nature in the heart of Québec. Ski, snowshoe, walk and skate in an accessible and beautiful natural decor. There are over 11.1 km of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers; 5.6 km of snow trails for pedestrians; a 3.8 km (round trip) trail south of the nature trail for snowshoeing along Cap Diamant to Gilmore Hill. Located on the sports field, the skating rink is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. On site, equipment rental and food services are offered in the comfort of the heated skaters’ chalet where you can also warm up. The rink is closed occasionally based on activities taking place and to maintain the ice. Free access.


A map of the trails is available at various points of service in the park. A waxing room (sports field) and two heated rest areas are available for skiers and pedestrians (at the Plains of Abraham Museum and the Pavilion (near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand).

Ski conditions (automated info-line): 418 648-4212.

Equipment rental ($): 418 208-5904.


  • Information and reservations:

Plains of Abraham Museum

835, Wilfrid-Laurier Avenue, Level 0, Québec

418 649-6157 | 1 855 649-6157



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