Battlefields Park (Parc des Champs-de-Bataille)
- Type: Parks and Gardens, Recreation
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Anyone with an interest in colonial history should set aside some time to explore Battlefields Park. Sometimes referred to as the Plains of Abraham, this 267-acre strip of land just west of Old Québec witnessed the sealing of Canada's fate. The Battle of Québec (the pivotal moment of the French and Indian War when the French were forced to cede Canada to Great Britain) took place here.
Today, Battlefields Park (also known as the Plains of Abraham) is the perfect place to snatch a few breaths of fresh air. While you're sure to see a few historical elements (like the occasional ornamental cannon), make sure to pay specific attention to the manicured gardens – don't miss the stunning Joan of Arc Garden – and the riverfront vistas. According to one TripAdvisor user, the park is "a great place for a walk, a run, a picnic, a pickup game of soccer, or a quiet read. And, of course, the views."
Battlefields Park is open year round. You can learn more about the park at the Discovery Pavilion, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends (depending on the day). You don't have to pay to enjoy the park; however, some of the special events and activities there do cost money. To learn more about Battlefields Park, visit its website.