Free Outdoor Shows
Great Celebration of Nature
18th edition of the Plains' horticultural rendez-vous
During this month dedicated to trees and forest, the National Battlefields Commission invites nature lovers and budding horticulturists to its annual spring rendezvous: the Great Celebration of Nature. This is a unique opportunity for the public to visit the greenhouses in a convivial atmosphere and absorb the first colours and smells of the plants soon to embellish the park. This year again, the 18th edition will gather over thirty exhibitors specializing in various environmental fields in an effort to promote exchanges with visitors. Families are welcome on the Plains of Abraham, where a wide range of activities awaits them, including the popular plant distribution of the Mon arbre à moi (‘My own tree’) campaign.
The park’s greenhouses, among the oldest still active in Quebec, grow approximately 50,000 annual, biennial and perennial plants that are needed, among other things, to beautify the Plains of Abraham and Des Braves Park. On this open house day you will see, exceptionally, how traditions can rub shoulders with pioneering horticulture.The staff of the National Battlefields Commission will be happy to share their knowledge with you and unsparingly provide sound horticultural and arboricultural advice.
Outside of the greenhouses, the Commission has invited a range of experts to give the public an opportunity to develop their knowledge on subjects dealing with various nature disciplines: urban ecological practices, mycology, ragweed control, native plants, forest heritage, plant maintenance, metals and minerals, solar observation, pruning, birds, flowers, insects, and much more. Come and meet members of the Friends of the Plains of Abraham Society and horticultural societies. Also, the Club Volkssport Nord-Sud of Quebec organises two 5-km walks with departures scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Children will take advantage of the celebrations to have a field day. On the menu: inflatable games, arts and crafts, costume workshop and small farm. Funnymen Ketchup the Clown and Ludo, experts in the art of amusing little ones, will ask the children to join them at 2:30 p.m. to plant a tree, a concrete gesture for the planet. Approachable reptiles will also be on hand.
A highly popular attraction, approximatly a 1000 seedlings of basil Ocimum Basilicum Eowyn, grown in the park’s greenhouses, will be offered free of charge to the first visitors (limited quantities, one plant per person).
Tree saplings will be distributed by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et Faune Québec to parents enrolled in the ‘Mon arbre à moi’(My own tree) program for newborns, and the Association forestière des deux rives will hand out 2000 plants of various species. An ideal way to reforest an entire neighbourhood!
Because it is in our nature, the National Battlefields Commission continues to take a green turn. Join us in our efforts to preserve this unique heritage for everyone’s benefit.
The Great Celebration of Nature has been very successful on the Plains of Abraham, May 13, 2012. On this occasion, children were asked to plant a magnolia together, concrete action for the planet.
On the picture, Ketchup the clown and Ludo surrounded children and the guests of honor. From left to right:
-Mr. Richard Gohier, member of the Association forestière des deux rives’board of directors
Hosted Commemorative Activity
April 18, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Watch for the costumed guides personifying the main players in what was to be the most famous of the Quebec legends. Today, 250 years after Marie-Josephte Corriveau, known has La Corriveau, was hanged, she still remains in the popular imagination.
March 23, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
Official program for the event: 418 656-7392
Guided old-time snowshoe tours
Join a 20th century snowshoer as you set off on a winter stroll to explore the winter sports and recreation of bygone days.
Wooden snowshoes, arrow sashes, lanterns and hot chocolate included.
For a quick view of the Guided Tour SNOWSHOER:
A member of the "snowshoeing enthusiasts" 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 first 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.
Traditionnal snowshoes, arrowed sashes and hot chocolate included.
Tournoi 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.
During school break
Odyssey multimedia exhibition
Snowshoer's Family Outing - NEW
Traditionnal snowshoes, arrowed sashes and hot chocolate included.
Winter Pedestrian Rally
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and walking trails
The "Friends of the Plains of Abraham" society offers equiment rental service every day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Discovery Pavilion. A trail map is available in the various service points of the park. A waxing room (at the playing field) and two heated stops are provided for hikers and cross-country skiers (at the Discovery Pavilion and at the Pavilion, near Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand).
Parking (fee-charging) available behind the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham and eating space available indoors (bring your snack).
Every Saturday and Sunday of January and of February, the residents of Québec City and its surroundings will have the chance to visit, free of charge, the multimedia exhibition Odyssey: a journey through history on the Plains of Abraham, by showing proof of residency.
The Plains of Abraham: a park at the centre of the lives of citizens, a unique historic site in North America. Head for the Odyssey multimedia exhibition and discover the importance of the Plains of Abraham in the country’s history. A 400-year captivating virtual journey alongside the great characters who helped shape our history, from the birth of New France to the creation of the park through the famous battles of the Plains of Abraham and Sainte-Foy.
Pretend you’re a tourist visiting your own city and get to know this important chapter of the Plains of Abraham's history.
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The carnival effigy is sold at the Discovery Pavilion.
Press release: Outings on the Plains during the Carnival
Throughout the month of October, ghosts, elves and fairies will be haunting the Plains of Abraham hoping to come across courageous visitors. Beginning October 1, the National Battlefields Commission invites the population to take part in this feast, as amusing as it is terrifying. The young and not so young will enjoy all kinds of activities: Haunted Tower and Fantastic Rally, Ghoulish Walk, Bewitching Tour, Family day, Chambers Gang Trial and Mysterious Decors at Joan of Arc Garden
In her magnificent fall garden, Joan of Arc plays host during the month of October to mysterious legendary decorations related to the history and tales of the Plains of Abraham: the white lady of Cape Diamond, the Sabbath, Halloween lives on, the voices of Joan of Arc, the Corriveau, the widow’s walk, the white “Credo 1941” stone, phantoms behind bars, etc.
Something new this year, new sets will be added to illustrate duels, the discovery of human bones, a camp for German prisoners and public punishments.
Several tombstones will remind strollers of the personalities who left their mark on the park.
The entire family is invited to explore the haunted tower and its mysterious labyrinth. At each turn, surprises and décors will amaze and amuse even the smallest of visitors: spaceship, treasure island, cemetery, mummy, witches and scarecrows… Harry Porter himself will be part of it! A bewitching way to be in the mood for Halloween.
And then, visitors will travel to Joan of Arc Garden to take part in the fantastic rally, a self-guided tour for children aged 5 and over. The questionnaire (given at the haunted tower) will challenge the craftiest among them with two sets of questions: one for 8 years and over and mini-questions for younger children.
Family Lantern Tour
Follow Marguerite or Abraham Martin, who will guide you along the unusual decorations of the Joan of Arc Garden. Let shivers run down the spines of small children (5 to 12 years old) and older ones too, as they walk this unexpected course.
Thanks to magic spells and rituals, your guide will show you (by reciting formulas, using a lucky charm and chanting various invocations) how to outsmart the mysteries that haunt the park. You will then need to keep your cool while visiting the haunted Martello Tower 2 labyrinth.
Guided Lantern Tour of the Park
Join this spellbinding interactive walking tour to discover the Plains under a more ghoulish light with Marie-Josephte Corriveau, the woman who was hanged on the Plains of Abraham for the murder of her second husband, or Governor James Murray, the same one who instituted proceedings in 1763 for that purpose.
“I am warning you, we risk a lot by strolling on the Plains tonight. If you run into a shifty individual, don’t look him in the eye, and if someone tries to rob you, scream at the top of your lungs, Stop thief! This should be enough to drive him off”, your guide will warn you.
Today a peaceful place, in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries the Plains were the scene of dark illegal activities since this was a remote, disreputable location well hidden from view therefore an ideal spot for crime, prostitution, duels, black masses, bloody punishments, even executions.
Shed some light on the dark history of the Plains of Abraham and the many obscure legends linked to it. Dare to meet a thief, a treasure hunter and period characters, intriguing and mysterious. Military discipline in the Martello Towers, surgery at the time of the battles, public hangings, origins of Halloween and black masses on the Plains will reveal their secrets to those who venture in the darkness, a lantern in hand.
Who knows who you might bump into. They who are without a shadow must have sold their souls to the Devil…
Discover the archaeological collection of the Plains of Abraham.
Quebec City will welcome a few hundred of the best cyclists in the world on the occasion of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, which will take place in the Old Capital.
Delve into the heart of the darkest past of this renowned park and discovery some dark stories.
Meet with various characters engaging in rather illicit activities: the famous Marie-Josephte Corriveau, the innkeeper, the executioner, the small-time crooks and con artists, the prisoners (Morrin Centre), the duellists, the bowman of the Maréechaussée, the cooper as well as the unwed mothers (Soeur du Bon Pasteur), the religious and the military orders (Musée des Ursulines de Québec).
Banditry and vagrancy, debauchery and idleness, military discipline and its punishments will hold no secrets for visitors, through historical stations, artefacts, entertainment and period atmosphere, punctuated by the gun and riffle fire from historical re-enactors.
Visual art in all its forms. See artists at work.
July 1, to September 2, 2013
Everyday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
At the Discovery Pavilion
Information : 418 649-6157
1 855 649-6157
The New France is under the spotlight with approximatly a hundred reproductions of historical objects; authentic creations by primary and secondary level students: furniture, clothes, pottery, games and other everyday objects of the period.
The 2009 edition was granted the prestigious Museums and Schools Partenership Award by the Canadian Museums Association.
In collaboration with the Commission scolaire de la Beauce-Etchemin.
For any information regarding the open house at The National Battlefields Commission: 418 649-6157 / 1 855 649-6157
Press release (2012)
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