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 more than 11 km of ski trails laid out for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers, a 3.8 km trail (round trip) for snowshoeing, and 5.6 km of walking trails. A waxing room and two heated rest areas are also available.

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Ski trail closure during special events:

Ski Tour Canada, from March 3 to 5. Note that a part of trails 53 and 54 will be closed from March 2 to 5. Rental service that supplies cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates is no longer available for 2016 season.

Ski conditions

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

Data sheet - trails


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



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

New Trail Configuration for 2016 

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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 : service no longer available (in return in 2017)  (French)

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 now located at the Skater's chalet near the ice rink on the playing fields.

Schedule: closed (in return in 2017).

*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 418 208-5904 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 $18 $30 $40 $100
Children $10 $12 $15 ---
*Family $36 $60 $70 ---

Plus tax.
* Cost for two adults and two children (16 years old and younger).


  2 hours Half-Day
Adults $10 $15
Children $7 $9
*Family $30 $45

Walking sticks rental: $2

Plus tax.
* Cost for two adults and two children (16 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. The Plains of Abraham Museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the Pavilion from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day.

Patrol (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):
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. $110/adult.