Ever since its creation, the park has fulfilled its calling as an oversize playground. Formerly, various winter sports were practised here, such as snowshoeing, tobogganing, skiing, skating and hockey in the first covered skating rink in the world! Here the Québec Bulldogs even won the Stanley Cup twice in the 1910s. Crowds of people used to attend the horse shows and the city’s elite enjoyed a game of golf on the Plains.
Today the public at large can practice, singly or in a group, sports such as in-line skating, jogging, hiking, cycling, football, soccer, cross-country skiing and many more recreational activities in a highy stimulating environment.
Map of the Park (summer)
Map of the Park (winter)
Plains of Abraham Trail (year-round)
This mixed-use interpretive trail near Gilmour Hill is a space designed for both pedestrians and cyclists.
The 1 km route celebrates the area's history with interpretive signs and constitutes a valued link between Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain and Québec's Upper Town.
Summer sports and recreation
During the summer, the park users can enjoy 1.4 km of multipurpose tracks layed out all around the Playing Field. There is no fee associated to these tracks.
Applications are required to use the grounds for certain sports activities and fees may apply. For more information, contact the Institutional Affairs at 254-2851.
Winter sports and recreation
During the cold season, more than 14 km of trails are provided for skiers, as well as nearly 4 km of trail round trip for snowshoeing and 6.7 km of walking trails. There is also an ice rink located a stone's throw from the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, at the Playing Field.
Please observe the code of conduct (Informations tab) so that everyone can enjoy a fun and harmonious winter.