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Battlefields Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Battlefields Park showing a statue or sculpture, a city and modern architecture

This spacious urban park was once the site of fierce clashes between the British and French empires.

Created more than a hundred years ago, Battlefields Park is one of Canada’s natural historic parks. These days, both locals and visitors come here to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. Within the park’s 255 acres (103 hectares), you’ll find landscaped gardens, an arboretum, monuments, fountains, skiing trails and riverfront views.

The park’s location on high ground above the St. Lawrence River made it a key stronghold for the defense of Québec. Battlefields Park encompasses the Plains of Abraham, the site of a decisive 1759 clash between the French and British armies that determined the country’s fate. The battle led to the French ceding control of Canada to the British.

Traces of the park’s military past are seen in some of the surviving fortifications, including the Martello Towers. Enter Martello Tower 1 for the exhibition on the towers’ history, organized each summer. Your ticket includes the use of an iPad, which you can point at different parts of the tower to see animations and maps superimposed on the walls. Browse the museum at the Discovery Pavilion and watch Odyssey, a multimedia presentation charting the history of the Plains of Abraham and its epic battles.

After taking in the history, climb up the Grey Terrace in the south of the park for views of the river. Venture northwards and follow the scents of thousands of plants in the Joan of Arc Garden. Stop by the arboretum with 28 tree species from all over the world. In summer, hiking the park’s long trails is a great way to get fit.

Winter in Québec brings heavy snowfalls, and Battlefields Park offers various wintersports. Go cross-country skiing, ice skating or tobogganing. These activities are free if you bring your own gear. The ski season usually runs from the middle of December until the end of March.

Battlefields Park is in the Upper Town of Old Québec, only a few minutes’ walking distance of Château Frontenac. If you are driving, visit the website of The National Battlefields Commission for parking facilities and directions.

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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
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The price is ¥27,976 per night from May 12 to May 12
Located in the city center, this Old Quebec hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 5-minute walk of Parks Canada's Dufferin Terrace, Quebec City ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,250 reviews)
"Good location, beautiful surroundings, but old and dark room. Courtyard view rooms are not recommended at all."

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Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥8,861 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Centre-Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Battlefields Park, Parliament Building, and Quebec City Convention Center. Quebec City Town ...
3.9/5Good! (3,848 reviews)
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Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
4 out of 5
775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥13,337 per night from May 9 to May 9
This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Le Capitole and Quebec City Convention Center. Quebec City ...
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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥27,976 per night from May 12 to May 12
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥8,861 per night from May 9 to May 9
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
4 out of 5
775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥13,337 per night from May 9 to May 9
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Hilton Quebec
Hilton Quebec
4 out of 5
1100 Rene Levesque East, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥12,858 per night from May 13 to May 13
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Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec
Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec
4 out of 5
1220, Place George-V Ouest, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥10,651 per night from May 9 to May 9
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L’Hôtel du Capitole
L’Hôtel du Capitole
5 out of 5
972, rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥18,528 per night from May 9 to May 9
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Château de Pierre
Château de Pierre
3 out of 5
17, Avenue Ste-Genevieve, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥10,634 per night from May 9 to May 9
Château de Pierre
Hotel Manoir Victoria
Hotel Manoir Victoria
4 out of 5
44, Cote du Palais, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥13,694 per night from May 9 to May 9
Hotel Manoir Victoria
Unilofts Grande-Allée
Unilofts Grande-Allée
3 out of 5
601 Grande Allée Est, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥9,586 per night from May 9 to May 9
Unilofts Grande-Allée
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