Make the most of winter on the Plains of Abraham

Make the most of winter on the Plains of Abraham

A unique snowshoe tour by lantern light.

Québec, As the temperature continues to drop, National Battlefields Commission employees put on the finishing touches on winter preparations. As soon as Mother Nature covers the park with a thick blanket of snow, outdoor enthusiasts are invited to make the most of the fantastic cross-country ski trails, walking and snowshoe trails on the Plains of Abraham. Offered again this year, the guided snowshoe tour by moonlight will rejoice sports enthusiasts as well as history buffs.

The snowshoer’s walk

Put on your caps, mittens, arrow-head sashes and snowshoes to accompany a 20th century snowshoer in the park, along the course mapped out by the Plains of Abraham’s sports history. Let the guide tell you about the leisure and sports activities of this “belle époque.” You can relive the Stanley Cup win by the Quebec Bulldogs, the ski jumping and ski jorring, the winter strolls, and even more. Here is a unique recreational outing that will thrill you with delight. Why not try a stroll under the stars? Traditional snowshoes, sashes, lanterns and chocolate included.

In French: January 15 and 29, February 4, 11 and 26 and March 5, at 7:00 p.m. In English: February 12, at 4:00 p.m. $17/13-64 years old, $15/8-12 years old, and 65 years old and over. If you form a group of 9 people or more you will be entitled to this activity at the reduced price of $15/person. Approximate duration: 105 minutes.

Free winter pleasures

Until the end of March (depending on weather conditions), strollers and skiers can use the many kilometres of laid out trails free of charge and admire an unrestricted view of the St. Lawrence River. Skiers have at their disposal a waxing room, as well as 12.6 kilometres of trails for classic skiing and ski skating. Snowshoe enthusiasts, for their part, can enjoy a 3.8 km round trip path laid out along Cap Diamant, from the Cap Blanc stairs to Winter pleasures on the Plains of Abraham, Gilmour Hill. Some 5.6 km of walking trails are also available, as well as two heated relays located at the Discovery Pavilion and at the pavilion (near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand).

Equipment rental

Until March 20, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Friends of the Plains of Abraham Society provides an equipment rental service for cross-country ski boots, ski poles and snowshoes, at the Discovery Pavilion. Half-day and day rates are available for adults (skiing: $20-25; snowshoeing: $10-15) and children (skiing: $10-12; snowshoeing: $7-9). Open every day to March 13. Thursday to Sunday for the rest of the season. This service can be offered ahead of time or extended according to snowfall conditions. For those interested there will be classic and freestyle skiing lessons offered beginning in January.

Equipment rental (cross-country skiing and snowshoeing): 418 648-2586
Lessons (cross-country skiing): 418 649-6476


Trail conditions (at all times): 418 648-4212
Trail guide available online

Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham
835, Wilfrid-Laurier Avenue, level 0, Québec
(the same address as the tourist information office)
418 649-6157

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