Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

Enjoy winter sports for free in an accessible and enchanting location with a spectacular view of the Saint-Lawrence River. The Plains of Abraham provides 13.9 km of ski trails laid out for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers, a 3.8 km trail (round trip) for snowshoeing, and 6.7 km of walking trails. A waxing room and two heated rest areas are also available.

Download the 2017-2018 winter map 


The 2017-2018 cross-country skiing and snowshoeing season is now over.



2018 Ski trail closure during special events:

Pentathlon des neiges
February 23 to March 4, 2018
Details of the ski trail closure


Number of trails (marked and groomed):

  • 5 classic trails, including 1 easy trail, 3 intermediate trails and 1 expert trail
  • 3 ski skating trails, including 1 easy trail, 1 intermediate trail and 1 expert trail
  • 1 snowshoe trail
  • Walking trails 

Code of Conduct for Nordic Skiers

  • Move in the specified direction and observe the signs
  • Respect the skiing techniques for the trail you are using
  • Keep to your left when passing other skiers
  • Yield the way to more rapid skiers
  • Respect the environment, avoid polluting or damaging trees and other elements
  • Do not ski off the trails
  • Do not block the trails or stop where you could prejudice other skiers
  • Remain in control and control your movements
  • Understand and accept the risks associated with this sport
  • Respect the opening hours for the trails


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Ski trail conditions

Ski trails are closed for the season.

Grooming of the trails is done on a daily basis when meteorological conditions permit. Please note that precipitations of rain, snow and sleet can delay or prevent grooming as well as deteriorate trails already groomed. Depending on conditions, between five and ten hours of work are required to cover all the trails with the machinery.


Services offered

Equipment rental

The rental center is now closed for the season.

The "Friends of the Plains of Abraham" Society offers to adults and children a rental service that supplies boots, poles, cross-country skis and snowshoes. The rental center is located at the Skaters' chalet near the ice rink on the playing fields.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m: December 7, 2017 until mid-March, 2018 (weather permitting).
418-520-7047 (Skaters' chalet).

The rental service can open ahead of time or be extended according to the snow coverage.

Debit and credit card accepted.
Late fee: $10
A deposit may be required for certain items or packages.

Cross-country skis:

  2 hours Half-Day Day 4 weeks courses
Adults $20 $30 $40 $100
Children $12 $15 $18 ---
*Family $40 $60 $75 ---

Plus tax.
* Cost for two adults and two children (12 years old and younger).


  2 hours Half-Day
Adults $10 $15
Children $7 $10
*Family $30 $45

Walking sticks rental: $2

Plus tax.
* Cost for two adults and two children (12 years old and younger).
Prices valid from December 1, 2017 to March 15, 2018.

Waxing room:
Located along trail No. 51, at the Montcalm entrance to the park near Grande Allée. It is accessible from 9:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. every day.

Rest areas:
2 heated rest areas are available to cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The Plains of Abraham Museum is opened daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Pavilion is opened from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Security (418-648-4652):
Safety officer on duty 24 hours a day and trail patrol by the Canadian Ski Patrol, depending on weather conditions.

Cross-country skiing lessons (418-649-6476 or 581-741-3991):
The "Friends of the Plains of Abraham" Society offers classical and free-style skiing lessons for adults, on Sundays, beginning in January. Equipment not included. $115/adult.