Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

Enjoy winter sports for free in an accessible and enchanting location with a spectacular view of the Saint-Lawrence River. The Plains of Abraham provides 11.3 km of ski trails laid out for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers, a 3.8 km trail (round trip) for snowshoeing, and 6.7 km of walking trails. A waxing room and two heated rest areas are also available.

Download the 2016-17 winter map 

Carte hiver 2016-17

Ski conditions

To find out about the condition of cross-country ski trails.
Automatic Info-line: 418-648-4212


Season:

From mid-December until the end of March, according to the weather conditions.

Access:

Free.

Ski trail closure during special events:

Pentathlon des neiges - Ski trails closed
Saturday, February 25: Ski trails #52-53-54, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 26: Ski trails #52-53-54, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28: Ski trail #51, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 1: Ski trail #51, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3: Ski trail # 51, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4: Ski trails #52-53-54, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5: Ski trails #52-53-54, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Number of trails (marked and groomed):

  • 4 classic trails, including 1 easy trail and 3 intermediate trails
  • 2 ski skating trails, including 1 easy trail and 1 intermediate trail
  • 1 snowshoe trail
  • Walking trails 

Code of Conduct for Nordic Skiers

  • Move in the specified direction and observe the signs
  • Respect the skiing techniques for the trail you are using
  • Keep to your left when passing other skiers
  • Yield the way to more rapid skiers
  • Respect the environment, avoid polluting or damaging trees and other elements
  • Do not ski off the trails
  • Do not block the trails or stop where you could prejudice other skiers
  • Remain in control and control your movements
  • Understand and accept the risks associated with this sport
  • Respect the opening hours for the trails

 

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Services offered

Equipment rental

The "Friends of the Plains of Abraham" Society offers to adults and children a rental service that supplies boots, poles, cross-country skis and snowshoes. The rental center is located at the Skaters' chalet near the ice rink on the playing fields.

Schedule: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m : opening December 6, 2016

The rental service can open ahead of time or be extended according to the snow coverage. Due to the variable schedule, it is recommended to call at 418-208-7722 before coming.

Debit and credit card accepted.
Late fee: $10
A deposit may be required for certain items or packages.

Cross-country skis:

  2 hours Half-Day Day 4 weeks courses
Adults $20 $30 $40 $100
Children $12 $15 $18 ---
*Family $40 $60 $75 ---

Plus tax.
* Cost for two adults and two children (12 years old and younger).

Snowshoes:

  2 hours Half-Day
Adults $10 $15
Children $7 $10
*Family $30 $45

Walking sticks rental: $2

Plus tax.
* Cost for two adults and two children (12 years old and younger).

Waxing room:
Located along trail No. 51, at the Montcalm entrance to the park near Grande Allée. It is accessible from 9:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. every day.

Rest areas:
2 heated rest areas are available to cross-country skiers and snowshoers. In 2016, the Plains of Abraham Museum is opened from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. In 2017, the Plains of Abraham Museum will be opened from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Finally, the Pavilion is opened from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Security (418-648-4652):
Safety officer on duty 24 hours a day and trail patrol by the Canadian Ski Patrol, depending on weather conditions.

Cross-country skiing lessons (418-649-6476 or 581-741-3991):
The "Friends of the Plains of Abraham" Society offers classical and free-style skiing lessons for adults, on Sundays, beginning in January. Equipment not included. $115/adult.