Province/Territory: Quebec

Walk in the footsteps of history

  • 20-plus regimental uniforms from 1759-1760
  • 50-plus historical artillery pieces
  • 43.7 ha (108 acre)- the size of the battlefield of 1759

Set foot on one of the greatest battlegrounds in Canadian history. The Plains of Abraham changed the course of Canadian history in 1759. Today, you can walk in the footsteps of history where two cultures collided to create one country.

On Sept. 13, 1759, two armies - the French led by General Montcalm and the British commanded by General Wolfe - faced off in a bloody battle here. When the gunfire ceased, New France (now Quebec) was secured by the British. Walk the grounds of this hallowed plateau overlooking the St. Lawrence River, where a series of plaques and interpretation panels takes you through each stage of the battle. Pause to reflect at the exact locations where General Montcalm and General Wolfe were mortally wounded. Then relive the rich, colorful past of the Plains of Abraham at the Odyssey multimedia exhibition.

Why you should visit
  • It's one of Canada’s most important historical parks. Take a guided walking tour of the battlefield.
  • Most Quebec Winter Carnival and Festival d'été events are held here each year.
  • Embark on a multimedia journey through history at Odyssey.
  • Enjoy a free concert at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand.
  • Visit Joan of Arc Garden, featuring over 150 species of perennials, annuals and bulbs.
  • Experience the Old-World atmosphere of Québec City, North America’s only walled city just steps away.
  • See the changing of the guard at La Citadelle de Quebec, a fort adjacent to the Plains.
  • Visit the nearby Quebec Parliament Buildings, inspired by the Louvre Museum in Paris.
  • Visit Martello Tower 1 to learn all about feats of military engineering or take part in an exciting murder mystery dinner at Martello Tower 2.
  • The park is the ideal location to picnic.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Numerous activities are available (some free), ranging from guided snowshoe and interactive historical tours to multimedia exhibitions and children's birthday parties.
  • The gift shop at the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham has a variety of products related to the Plains of Abraham.
  • Free outdoor car and bike parking is available on site.
  • English and French is spoken.
  • Wheelchairs are available at the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham.
  • English and French audioguides can be rented at the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham.
When to go
  • Battlefields Park on the the Plains of Abraham is open year-round.
  • Guided tours are available year-round.
  • Many performances during the annual Festival d'été de Quebec in July take place here, as do activities during the annual Quebec Winter Carnival.
Need to know
  • Centre Infotouriste de Quebec, is located in Old Quebec inside the walls.
  • All restaurants in the Old City will post menus out front in French and in English. Look for table d'hôte specials for a full course fixed price meal.
Getting Here