Sports and recreational activities
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.
For a quick view of THE SNOWSHOER
Put on your caps, mittens, arrow-head sashes and snowshoes to accompany a 20th century snowshoer in the park, along the course mapped out by the Plains of Abraham’s sports history.
A member of the "snowshoeing enthursiasts" of the Traders'Union, Amédée Fournier (or his wife), will tell you about the local snowshoeing history, but also about various sports secrets along the park trails : the double Stanley Cup Triumph of the Quebec Bulldogs, the Quebec Skating Rink, among the firs indoor skating rinks in Quebec City, the Quebec Skating Club which hosted several competitions (hockey tournament, ice skating competition and curling tournament, to name a few), ski jorring, which consists of hitching oneself to a horse or car and being dragged in the snow, and much more.
Let Amédée Fournier tell you about the leisure and sports activities of this “belle époque.” Here is a unique recreational outing that will thrill you with delight. Snowshoes, lantern, arrow sash and hot chocolate included.
$17/13-64 year old, $15/65 year old and over.
Relive the winters of old through an exciting walk in traditionnal snowshoes on the Plains of Abraham. Discover all about the work and shores of the long snow-covered months. Track animals, pick the best firewood and mostly, let yourself be guided through the wonderful world of your guide and storyteller over a delicious hot chocolate.
Traditionnal snowshoes, arrowed sashes and hot chocolate included.
Reservations required, places limited.
Do not miss Amédée participating as a runner at these events :
Invitation scolaire RSEQ
The last two events are presented during the Pentathlon des neiges, which takes place from Friday, February 1 to Sunday, March 3, 2013, on the Plains of Abraham.
Ski for free in one of the most accessible and enchanting sites offering an unobstructed view of the Saint-Lawrence River. The Plains of Abraham provides 12.6 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.
To find out about the condition of cross-country ski trails.
Data sheet - trails
Number of trails (marked and groomed):
Every day, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
Thursday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
Closed: December 24, 25, 26 and January 1. Open from 1 p.m. on January 2.
Sled for kid:
Winter package - (2 days of rent):
* Cost for two adults and two children (17 years old and younger).
For more information about the schedule, fees, rental and courses offered:
Rest areas and food service:
Patrol (418 648-4652):
Cross-country skiing lessons
Code of conduct for nordic skiers
- Move in the specified direction
and observe the signs