High School

2016-2017 School Year

The Plains of Abraham: a leader in living history!

Period activities are our way of inviting you to meet the characters that embody the history of the Plains of Abraham, and to experience their everyday life. Between theatre and re-enactment, period presentations are meant as a dynamic approach to help us discover our heritage.

Educational and entertaining activities, lively interactive animations, costumed characters, unusual places and dynamic exhibitions. Over 75,000 participants yearly.

Grade 7 to 12

General Information


Accompanied by British officers, learn all about the living conditions of the soldiers billeted in one of the Martello Towers. Through a highly interactive historical activity, you take part in the military life of 1812 by joining in competitions and games. Accessories : guns, wooden horse, artefacts and early 19th-century decor.

"Great enthusiastic team of presenters! Students were very engaged. As a teacher who came here during her own grade 8 trip in 1998, it is memorable. Students loved the activities." — Glenview Senior Public School, Toronto, Ontario.

"Staff was awesome! Very welcoming. We returned this year because this was one of our favorite activities last year! The guides were just as entertaining and knowledgeable as last year! The students were all very involved and clearly enjoyed every aspect! We will be back next year!" - Lynn K., Casey Middle School, East Amherst, New York, USA.

"Our captain was very friendly and welcoming. She involved our students into learning activities and they all participated. The activities were relevant to our students. They were engaged and confident to participate. Thank you! Highly recommended for school groups!" - Eve-Marie A., Bermuda High School, Pembroke, Bermudes.

Martello Tower

Battles of the plains of Abraham

Under the command of generals Wolfe and Montcalm, revisit the living conditions of soldiers at the time of the 1759 and 1760 battles, on the Plains of Abraham. Review strategies, load rifles and cannons, become an artillery expert, treat wounded fellows fallen on the battlefield. Accessories : interactive whiteboard (IWB), cannons, rifles, surgery instruments, cartridges, artilleryman material and cannonballs.

« As always, the presenters were engaging, informative and impressively stayed in their roles throughout. One of our favorite activities in Québec. Merci! » - Chris P., École Pauline Johnson, West Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique.

« Based on my experience as a teacher of History, having experienced Halifax, Ottawa and Kingston, this is by far the most interactive and educational. » - Trevor D., Holy Cross SS, Peterborough, Ontario.

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Guns and rifles


Put on your caps, mittens and snowshoes and lift the veil on the winter sports on the Plains of Abraham. Join a snowshoer from the early 20th century and relive the Belle Époque of these winter strolls. This is a one-of-a-kind recreational activity that will make you shiver with delight. Traditional snowshoes, arrow sashes, lanterns (in the evening) and hot chocolate included.

"Thank you for this very enjoyable experience! We will recommend it to other schools." — Shannon H., St.Rose Junior High School, Edmonton, Alberta.


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Here is a sneak peak at The Snowshoer activity:

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Through the original and sometimes poignant accounts of French, British, Canadian, and Amerindian protagonists of the period as well as an incredible immersive projection, you can experience the siege of Québec and the 1759 and 1760 battles of the Plains of Abraham with authenticity, as if you were there.

You can also follow this epic story through a collection of uniforms, large maps, scale models, interactive games, and period reproductions. You’ll learn all about the strategies, skirmishes, tactics, camp life, clothing, and regiments.

Battles is a unique journey that features a multimedia presentation of innovative quality, a lively exhibition, and an eye-popping experience that will plunge you into the heart of the Seven Years’ War and the continent’s historic destiny.

« Recreation of events was made realistic by sound quality and pictures of the presentation. Well done! » - Linus N., Newport Mill Middle School, Kensington, Maryland, USA.


For a quick view of the Battles exhibition:

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Along with General Wolfe and General Montcalm, review the great strategies of the Siege of Quebec City in the summer of 1759. Learn about all the subtle details of battling in ranks by taking part in our rifle loading competition. Participate in an intriguing historical quiz and attend a surgical demonstration of the period. Accessories : rifles, artefacts, multimedia and surgical instruments.

"Once again, it was high-level activities. Extensive knowledge of the period. Very participative and enjoyable for students." — Jean-Pierre L., Polyvalente Bélanger, Saint-Martin, Quebec.

Rifles and artefacts 

Through videoconferencing

Poster, exhibition WEB 2.0

A WEB 2.0 animation in your classroom via a videoconference, directly from Martello Tower 2.

Join the ranks of the artillery troops stationed in Quebec City. Get to know how to load of a musket, handle period objects and discover the punishments given to unruly soldiers. Discover the history of a largely ignored built-up heritage. Material sent to the teacher: period household objects and iconographies. Necessary equipment: computer, high-speed Internet connexion, projector or interactive panel, microphone, camera and audio system. 

Through videoconferencing

Under the command of the Marquis de Montcalm, revisit the famous battle live from the Plains of Abraham. Become a recruit and virtually discover the military strategies and tactics of the period. From your classroom you’ll get to handle historical objects, follow military drill and survive a surgery. Material sent to the teacher: period household objects and iconographies. Necessary equipment: computer, high-speed Internet connexion, projector or interactive panel, microphone, camera and audio system.




Via the Internet, plunge deep into the battle of the Plains of Abraham and the preparation that led to it. Relive, side by side with the French, British Canadians and Amerindians, the ups and downs of a fight to the finish for the conquest of North America, a landmark in the military history of this country. A total of 67 learning activities (illustrated narratives, interactive maps and games, videos, evolutionary comic strips, period music, etc.).

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The National Battlefields Commission is proud to show reproductions of historical objects by secondary school students, in partnership with the Commission scolaire de la Beauce-Etchemin (School Board).

Details at www.csbe.qc.ca/sap/repro

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General Information

Activity Cost Period Maximum capacity Duration Language Meeting place

Soldier of the Martello Tower

$5.75 / student*

Year round

95 or 100 students**

90 minutes

English or French


The Military (Battles of the Plains of Abraham)

$5.25 / student*

Year round

225 students

Plains of Abraham Museum

The Snowshoer

$13.50 / student*

December to March (according to snow coverage)

60 students

105 minutes

Battles (1759-1760)

 $5.75 / student*


120 students 

60 minutes 

Wolfe and Montcalm (in your classroom)

$6.00 / student*

November to April


1 hour or
1 period


The Quebec City Martello Towers on the Alert

$125.00 or less*** / class

November to April, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
(Eastern Standard Time)

1 class at a time

45 minutes

Your school via Internet


1759, from the Warpath to the Plains of Abraham





Your school

* A minimum fee will apply and/or travel expenses may apply beyond 50 km.
** 95 students: from September to late April; 100 students: from May to late June.
*** $125.00/1 class, $110.00/2nd class and following.


Cultural activities eligible for government grants within the framework of The culture in the schools program.

Details at Ministère de l’Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche


The National Battlefields Commission
Group reservations
Telephone: 418-648-5371
Toll-Free: 1-855-648-5371
Fax: 418-648-3809
E-Mail: reservation@ccbn-nbc.gc.ca

A reservation is mandatory for every activity. A dining-room can be available on request. All costs include taxes. Prices and details are subject to change.