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Battlefields Park

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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Hôtel Le Concorde Québec ¥10,418
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Hall and Le Capitole are also within 1 mi (2 km). Quebec Palace Station is 22 minutes by foot.

    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac ¥15,654
    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

    1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Samuel de Champlain Statue and Quartier Petit Champlain. Quebec City Town Hall and Place Royale are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

      Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville ¥9,106
      Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville

      Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville

      775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 Town Hall and Parliament Building are also within 15 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 9 minutes by foot.

        Unilofts Grande-Allée ¥7,022
        Unilofts Grande-Allée

        Unilofts Grande-Allée

        601 Grande Allée Est, Quebec, QC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Centre-Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Observatoire de la Capitale, Parliament Building, and Quebec City Convention Center. Le Capitole and Citadelle of Quebec are also within 15 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 20 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec ¥11,720
          Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec

          Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec

          1220, Place George-V Ouest, Quebec, QC
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Centre-Ville, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Observatoire de la Capitale, Quebec City Convention Center, and Parliament Building. Le Capitole and Citadelle of Quebec are also within 15 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 19 minutes by foot.

            Delta Hotels by Marriott Quebec ¥9,388
            Delta Hotels by Marriott Quebec

            Delta Hotels by Marriott Quebec

            690 Boul René Levesque E, Quebec, QC
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Quebec, this family-friendly hotel is steps from Observatoire de la Capitale and Quebec City Convention Center. Parliament Building and Le Capitole are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Acadia ¥6,808
              Hotel Acadia

              Hotel Acadia

              43 Rue Sainte-ursule, Quebec, QC
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ursulines de Quebec Museum, Quebec City Town Hall, and Le Capitole. Parliament Building and Quebec City Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                Quebec City Marriott Downtown ¥10,631
                Quebec City Marriott Downtown

                Quebec City Marriott Downtown

                850 Place D'Youville, Quebec, QC
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Palais Montcalm and Le Capitole. Quebec City Convention Center and Parliament Building are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 9 minutes by foot.