October 1 to November 6, 2016

Throughout the month of October, ghosts and mysterious characters will be haunting the Plains of Abraham hoping to come across courageous visitors. The National Battlefields Commission invites the population to take part in this feast, as amusing as it is terrifying. The young and not so young will enjoy all kinds of activities:

Decorations at the Joan of Arc Garden
Haunted tower (families) 
Bewitching Tour (4-7) 
Spine-tingling Tales (8-12) 
Tales of the bad old days - new (adults) 

Ghoulish Walk (adults)

Decorations at the Joan of Arc Garden

In her magnificent fall garden, Joan of Arc plays host during the month of October to mysterious legendary decorations related to the history and tales of the Plains of Abraham: the white lady of Cap Diamant, the Sabbath, Halloween lives on, the voices of Joan of Arc, the Corriveau, the widow’s walk, the white “Credo 1941” stone, phantoms behind bars, etc. Several tombstones will remind strollers of the personalities who left their mark on the park. 

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Haunted Tower (families)

The entire family is invited to explore the haunted tower and its mysterious circuit. At each turn, surprises and décors will amaze and amuse even the smallest of visitors: spaceship, treasure island, cemetery, mummy, witches and scarecrows… A bewitching way to be in the mood for Halloween!

And then, visitors will travel to Joan of Arc Garden to take part in the fantastic rally, a self-guided tour for children aged 5 and over. The questionnaire (given at the haunted tower) will challenge the craftiest among them with two sets of questions: one for 8 years and over and mini-questions for younger children. End your visit by climbing aboard the mini train which will take you around the garden.

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Bewitching Tour (4-7 years old)

Follow counterfeiter Louis Mallet or his wife Mary as they guide you amidst the unusual decorations of the Joan of Arc Garden. Shivers will run down your spine as you walk this surprising course.

Armed with magic spells, lucky charms, and strange incantations, your guide will show you how to outsmart the mysteries that haunt the park and keep your cool while visiting the haunted Martello 2 circuit.

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Spine-tingling Tales (8-12 years old)

Are you brave enough to face the macabre past of the Plains of Abraham?

Shiver as you listen to legendary stories told by Marie-Josephte Corriveau or James Murray. Witness a re-enactment of the punishments that awaited criminals and discover tips for finding hidden treasure. Then, use amulets and strange incantations to safely stroll along the ghoulish path of the Joan of Arc Garden and Martello 2 circuit.

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Tales of the Bad Old Days (adults) - NEW

Shameful diseases, epidemics, DIY surgery, stolen corpses, dubious hygiene, and violent deaths feature in these true stories from the historical record. 

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Ghoulish Walk (adults)

Tour available in English upon request for groups.

Join this spellbinding interactive walking tour to discover the Plains under a more ghoulish light with Marie-Josephte Corriveau, the woman who was hanged on the Plains of Abraham for the murder of her second husband, or Governor James Murray, the same one who instituted proceedings in 1763 for that purpose. 

“I am warning you, we risk a lot by strolling on the Plains tonight. If you run into a shifty individual, don’t look him in the eye, and if someone tries to rob you, scream at the top of your lungs, Stop thief! This should be enough to drive him off”, your guide will warn you. 

Today a peaceful place, in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries the Plains were the scene of dark illegal activities since this was a remote, disreputable location well hidden from view therefore an ideal spot for crime, prostitution, duels, black masses, bloody punishments, even executions. 

Shed some light on the dark history of the Plains of Abraham and the many obscure legends linked to it. Dare to meet a thief, a treasure hunter, and period characters, intriguing and mysterious. Military discipline in the Martello Towers, surgery at the time of the battles, public hangings, origins of Halloween and black masses on the Plains will reveal their secrets to those who venture in the darkness, a lanterne in hand.

Who knows who you might bump into. They who are without a shadow must have sold their souls to the Devil…

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Decorations at the Joan of Arc Garden (for all ages)

October 1 to November 6, 2016

Day or evening.
At the Joan of Arc Garden.

Haunted Tower (families)

October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2016

From 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
At Martello Tower 2 and the Joan of Arc Garden.
$3 / 5 years old and older, free for 4 and under.

Bewitching Tour (4-7 years old)

October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2016

At 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Departs from Martello Tower 1. 
$8 / 4-7 years old, $11 / accompanying adult.
Only in French.

Reservations required: 418 649-6157 / 1 855 649-6157


Spine-tingling Tales (8-12 years old)

October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2016

Departs from Martello Tower 1.
$8 / 8-12 years old. $11 / accompanying adult. 
Only in French.

Reservations required: 418 649-6157 / 1 855 649-6157


Tales of the Bad Old Days (adults) - NEW

October 29, 30, November 4 and 5, 2016

$10/14 and over.
At Martello Tower 4.
Only in French.


Ghoulish walk (adults)

October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and 31*, 2016

At 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. *Only at 7 p.m. on October 31.
Departs from Martello Tower 2. You may bring your own lantern (optional).
$16 / 13 years old and over. Not recommended for children under 13.
Only in French. 

Reservations required: 418 649-6157 / 1 855 649-6157


Where are Martello Tower 2 and Joan of Arc Garden 

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Bewitching Tour

Haunted Tower

Joan of Arc Garden