Cove Fields

From 1945 to 1951, more than a hundred families lived on the Cove Fields, behind the present-day Plains of Abraham Museum. Created out of former army barracks, the community was also known as the Faubourg de la misère ("the poor suburb").

Structures with archival photos, designed by Groupe A / Annexe U and built by carpenter Zachari Guay-Hébert, take visitors back to the homes of those years and bring to life a unique episode of Quebec City's history.

The installation can be accessed, free of charge, until the beginning of November 2023.

Call for participation

With the support of La Horde Patrimoine appliqué and the Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines (Université Laval), the National Battlefields Commission is conducting an ethnographic survey of people who lived on Cove Fields between 1945 and 1951, or who had close ties with that site.

The aim of the research will be to preserve memories of Cove Fields for posterity. The recollections will be kept in the Commission Archives.

  • Did you or a family member live on Cove Fields between 1945 and 1951?
  • Do you have memories, anecdotes, or information you can share about that site?
  • Do you have documents, photos, or physical items from the Cove Fields?

Your participation in this ethnographic survey will be greatly valued!

How can you contribute?

To share your recollections, fill out the online form or collect a paper version of the form at the reception desk of the Plains of Abraham Museum, 835 avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

To donate documents, photos, or physical items to the Commission Archives, bring them to the reception desk of the Plains of Abraham Museum during opening hours.

Any questions? Please phone 418 649-6157.

With your participation, a piece of history will be carefully preserved for future generations. Thanks