In the heart of Québec, The Battlefields Park
One of Canada’s most important historical parks
One of the most prestigious city parks
Welcome to the Plains of Abraham
The site of many clashes for supremacy between the French and British Empires, the park is the scene of the 1759 Conquest, which changed the fate of North America. Apart from its historical past, the park is to Québec what Central Park and Hyde Park are to New York and London: a city park of outstanding value, the lungs of the city. One hundred and three hectares of meadow and grassy knolls, decked with flowers or covered with snow, are there for residents and visitors to enjoy.
On March 17, 1908, the law creating the National Battlefields Commission (NBC) was sanctioned to highlight and preserve this site, unique in the world by its sheer size, its geographic location, its historical role and its beauty. The Battlefields Park, which groups together the Plains of Abraham and the Des Braves Park, was developed to honour the memory of both French and British combatants.
The 2014 Program is now available on the park and online! Have a look at your favorite activities as well as the latest additions.
The year 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham, built in 1938-39 to house the Federal Arsenal's inspector of arms and ammunition. The Royal Candian Navy also moved in here in May 1947, eventually taking over the entire building, changing its name to HCMS Montcalm after the local naval reserve unit. The architecture is modelled on the Loire Valley châteaux of France. It was designated Classified Federal Heritage Building in 1992 and responsibility for it was transferred to The National Battlefields
Commission in 1996.
The Government of Canada will provide funding for the year-round opening of Gilmour Hill and to add a new walking and cycling trail.
Also see the short film from Carole Laganière, 'My Park, My Plains', produced in 2008. on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of The National Battlefields Commission.
The National Battlefields Commission and the park Bits of history
Note: Trail conditions may vary according to weather conditions.