835 Wilfred-Laurier Avenue
Quebec City, Canada G1K7R
Battlefields Park Description
Canada's first national historic park is more than 100 years old and runs for almost 300 acres behind the Discovery Pavillion. The popular spot is home to the Fine Arts Museum, the Citadel and several historical monuments. Expect to see tourists, locals, seniors and babies out on daily jogs, picnics, bike rides and dog walks. In the Winter the terrain includes 6.6 miles of groomed ski trails and skating paths (rental equipment available). Hard to believe that the fields of manicured lawns were once the site of key battles between the French and British.
Babies: Push the stroller along the paved paths that circle the park or settle on to one of the many benches amid more than 140 plant species and varieties in the Joan of Arc Garden.
Toddlers & Pre-K: This is where you let them run! Wide-open manicured spaces cry out for a ball or a frisbee. Pack one with you and you've got built in entertainment for an afternoon.
School-Age Kids: Play "I spy" in a treasure hunt for the 50 artillery pieces (like real cannons!) that are scattered throughout the park.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Let them bring their rollerblades or rent a bicycle and set them free to explore.
- Change your wheels. Swap the car for a bike or inline skates. The last thing you want in a park this size is to be limited in how much you explore by knowing how far you'd have to go back for the car.
- Head East. The eastern tip of the park takes you to the waterfront view from the Governor's Promenade. Follow it along the cliffs and you'll end up at Upper Town in Old Quebec City. It's a great way to transition with your day and carry on with your sightseeing.
- Check the Quebec City Tourism Web site. Everything from holiday celebrations to summer concerts use the space throughout the year.
Just the Facts
Hours: June 24 through Sept 13: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m; Sept 14 through June 23: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours