When Quebecois want to soak up the sun or enjoy a family picnic, they head to the Plains of Abraham, contained within Battlefields Park. Within the park’s sprawling 267 acres/108 hectares are grassy knolls, fountains, monuments, trees, and lush sunken gardens all for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Like other sites in Vieux Quebec, the Plains of Abraham is a looking glass into the city’s history. But though it was the site of many clashes for supremacy between the French and British Empires, the park you see today is what Central Park and Hyde Park are to New York and London. Spend an afternoon wandering its walking trails, checking out its historical monuments, and marveling at its landscaping. Throughout the year, the Plains of Abraham is the site of many outdoor concerts and events.
The Plains of Abraham, and Battlefields Park, is located in Upper Town, bordering the Citadelle. As with many Vieux-Quebec attractions, the Plains are surrounded by many historical sites and museums. Nearby attractions include the Citadelle, Hotel du Parlement, and Porte St-Louis, the entrance point to the Fortifications. The Plains of Abraham is a perfect respite after a morning of sightseeing.