Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

Enjoy winter sports for free in an accessible and enchanting location with a spectacular view of the Saint-Lawrence River. The Plains of Abraham provides 11.5 km of ski trails laid out for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers, a 3.8 km trail (round trip) for snowshoeing, and 6.7 km of walking trails. A waxing room and two heated rest areas are also available.

Download the 2018-2019 winter map


Cross-country ski and snowshoe season is over and trails are closed.



Ski trails closed due to special events:

  • Saturday, February 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 52, 53 and 54;
  • Sunday, February 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 52, 53 and 54;
  • Tuesday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: 51;
  • Wednesday, February 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: 51;
  • Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: 52, 53 and 54;
  • Sunday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: 52, 53 and 54;
  • Friday, March 22: 53 (partly; open up to the 52) and 54;
  • Saturday, March 23: 53 (partly; open up to the 52) and 54;
  • Sunday, March 24: 53 (partly; open up to the 52) and 54.


Number of trails (marked and groomed):

  • 4 classic trails, including 1 easy trail and 3 intermediate trails
  • 2 ski skating trails, including 1 easy trail and 1 intermediate trail
  • 1 snowshoe trail
  • Walking trails 

Code of Conduct for Nordic Skiers

  • Move in the specified direction and observe the signs
  • Respect the skiing techniques for the trail you are using
  • Keep to your left when passing other skiers
  • Yield the way to more rapid skiers
  • Respect the environment, avoid polluting or damaging trees and other elements
  • Do not ski off the trails
  • Do not block the trails or stop where you could prejudice other skiers
  • Remain in control and control your movements
  • Understand and accept the risks associated with this sport
  • Respect the opening hours for the trails


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Ski trail conditions : 418-648-4212

Grooming of the trails is done on a daily basis when meteorological conditions permit. Please note that precipitations of rain, snow and sleet can delay or prevent grooming as well as deteriorate trails already groomed. Depending on conditions, between five and ten hours of work are required to cover all the trails with the machinery.


Services offered

Equipment rental

The Skaters' chalet and the rental service are closed for the season. See you next year!

The "Friends of the Plains of Abraham" Society offers to adults and children a rental service that supplies boots, poles, cross-country skis and snowshoes. The rental center is located at the Skaters' chalet near the ice rink on the playing fields.

Schedule: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, from December, 2018 until mid-March, 2019

Information: 581-777‑0700 (Skaters' chalet)

The rental service can open ahead of time or be extended according to the snow coverage.

Debit and credit card accepted.
Late fee: $10
A deposit may be required for certain items or packages.

Cross-country skis:

  2 hours Half-Day Day 4 weeks courses
Adults $20 $30 $40 $100
Children $12 $15 $18 ---
*Family $40 $60 $75 ---

Plus tax.
* Cost for two adults and two children (12 years old and younger).


  2 hours Half-Day
Adults $10 $15
Children $7 $10
*Family $30 $45

Walking sticks rental: $2

Plus tax.
* Cost for two adults and two children (12 years old and younger).
Prices valid from December 1, 2018 to March 15, 2019.

Waxing room:
Located along trail No. 51, at the Montcalm entrance to the park near Grande Allée. It is accessible from 9:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. every day.

Rest areas:
2 heated rest areas are available to cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The Plains of Abraham Museum is opened daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Pavilion is opened from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Security (418-648-4652):
Safety officer on duty 24 hours a day and trail patrol by the Canadian Ski Patrol, depending on weather conditions.

Cross-country skiing lessons (418-649-6476 or 581-741-3991):
The "Friends of the Plains of Abraham" Society offers classical and free-style skiing lessons for adults, on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning in January 2019. Equipment not included. $100/person.