Winter on the Plains

Always the Plains for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking, skating or sliding! Enjoy the site's natural setting and the joys of winter a new lighting of the Joan of Arc Garden and a diversified roster of sport and recreational activities. Consult the winter map of the park to plan your visit.

Joan of Arc Garden brought to light NEW
Warming station NEW
Sliding NEW
Refreshment service NEW
Plains of Abraham Museum



Joan of Arc Garden brought to light

At nightfall, the Joan of Arc Garden comes alive with soft, enchanting lighting and a great artistic aura in keeping with the site, the majestic elms surrounding the flowerbeds and the famed Joan of Arc monument.

The lighting varies with atmospheric conditions, thanks to a real-time system connected to the Quebec weather station - a salute to the old weather station that operated on the Plains from 1930 to 1954! As the year unfolds, custom lighting in harmony with nature will highlight milestones on the calendar.



Warming station

Take a welcome rest at the warming station located near the Joan of Arc Garden with its seating and fireplace. The station is part of Québec City's warming station circuit.

November 26, 2021, to March 6, 2022.
Sunday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m.
to 10 p.m.

Weekends of March 12-13, March 19-20, March 26-27 and April 2-3.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The fireplace will be closed in case of high winds or heavy rainfall.



Cross-country skiing

Ski in an enchanting decor along groomed trails for classic cross-country skiing and ski-skating. Access to the trails is free and equipment rental ($) is available at the skaters' chalet of the Plains of Abraham Skating Rink.

The trails are groomed on a daily basis, weather permitting.

New: Follow the trails' status on the Web Nordic Pulse app.

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Snowshoe along a circular trail in a wooded sector of the Park. Access to the trail is free.

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Experience nature in the city along trails at the Plains! The map of the park indicates trail locations and various points of interest.




Enjoy winter fun at the Plains of Abraham skating rink maintained in cooperation with the city of Québec. The refrigerated ice rink located in the sports field is open to skaters free of charge. The skaters' chalet nearby offers a range of services: equipment rentals, skate sharpening, hot beverages and healthy snacks.

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There are two sliding areas located at the major events site behind the Plains of Abraham Museum to slide in complete safety.

If you are not equipped for sliding, you can rent a crazy carpet at the reception desk of the Plains of Abraham Museum at the cost of $5 for a half day. Deposit of a personal identification card required and $75 fee in case of loss or major damage.


Refreshment service

Present on the Plains during summer, Fastoche now offers hearty drinks during the cold season and tasty treats during the sugaring off season.

At the services pavilion near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand and in temporary locations. Schedule and goods will vary throughout the season. Stay tuned!



Plains of Abraham Museum

Welcome and information centre, the Plains of Abraham Museum also presents the Battles 1759-
1760 and Identities exhibitions. Various services, including a souvenirs boutique.

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