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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 $135
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. Citadelle of Quebec and Quebec City Town Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Quebec Palace Station is 22 minutes by foot.

    Hilton Quebec $111
    Hilton Quebec

    Hilton Quebec

    1100 Rene Levesque East, Quebec, QC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located near the slopes, this Centre-Ville hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Parliament Building, Citadelle of Quebec, and Quartier Petit Champlain. Place Royale and Plains of Abraham are also within 1 mi (2 km). Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

      Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville $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. Parliament Building and Quebec City Town Hall are also within 15 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 9 minutes by foot.

        Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec $150
        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, Parliament Building, and Battlefields Park. Citadelle of Quebec and Quebec City Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 19 minutes by foot.

          Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac $360
          Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

          Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

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

            Located in the city center, this Old Quebec hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 5-minute walk of Samuel de Champlain Statue, Quebec City Town Hall, and Place Royale. Old Quebec Funicular and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Acadia $96
            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 Parliament Building. Place Royale and Citadelle of Quebec are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.

              Delta Hotels by Marriott Quebec $135
              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 Battlefields Park are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 15 minutes by foot.

                Unilofts Grande-Allée $66
                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 5-minute walk of Quebec Symphony Orchestra and Battlefields Park. Parliament Building and Quebec City Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 20 minutes by foot.