Amazing winter hiking in the Plains of Abraham park in Quebec, Canada

Single bush in the middle of the snow winter nature pcture

Winter landscape in the park

Quebec, PQ, Canada
Latitude: 46.8049, Longtitude: -71.2108
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Plains of Abraham is an excellent park that offers winter hiking in the center of Quebec city. The park has many trails for walking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing. Winter hiking is a great outdoor activity that many people like. The Plains of Abraham park is quite large about 1500 by 300 meters. These are substantial distances in winter conditions – lots of snow, freezing temperatures and wind.

Quebec, Canada gets large amount of snow every winter and temperatures usually stay well below zero. The snow accumulates quickly and snowbanks become snow mountains. Visitors to Quebec city can expect daytime temperatures to hover around -20C in February. Arctic air reigns supreme, so be prepared especially if you come from warmer climates and would like to try winter hiking or any other outdoor winter activity.

Snow covered winter trail for hiking or walking
Winter hiking trail, Plains of Abraham park

Winter hiking in the Plains of Abraham park is only one of many winter activities in this urban retreat to nature. If you happen to be here in early February, you will see a huge winter theme park setup in the area closer to Quebec citadel. This is known as Bonhomme’s Winterland and is part of Quebec winter carnival. Bonhomme winterland is a fun place to visit and get true winter experiences such as dog sledding, ice hockey or enjoy outdoor hot tub. This is a good place to have a break, taste great street food or special winter drink.

urban park landscape photo and  winter sun
Winter sun and winter landscape at the urban park

Plains of Abraham park is also known as Battlefields Park, you can learn more about this historic place from the official website. Winter hiking will take you along many historic parts of the park, you will see memorial plaques, old guns, buildings and information boards.

Memorial plaque at Battlefields Park
Memorial plaque at Battlefields Park
Information display overlooking St. Lawrence river
Information display overlooking St. Lawrence river
Old gun pointed to the river
Old gun pointed to the river
Winter hiking trail follows the steep edge
Winter hiking trail follows the steep edge
Gazebo at Governor's Promenade in Quebec city
Gazebo at Governor’s Promenade in Quebec city

 

Governor's promenade sign by Parks Canada
Governor’s promenade sign by Parks Canada
Governor's promenade runs along St. Lawrence river
Governor’s promenade runs along St. Lawrence river
Single tree, winter landscape photo
Single tree, winter landscape photo

Governor’s Promenade runs along the steep edge of the park and bends around Quebec Citadel. You can follow this winter trail to reach most beautiful and romantic hotel Chateau Frontenac.

Winter photography tips

1. Charge your camera battery, cold weather reduces the life of the battery charge.

2. Dress accordingly and wear gloves that will allow you full control of the camera and have a good grip.

3. During snowstorm use protective bag for the camera or use umbrella if winds permit.

4. Black and white photography works well in winter.

5. Use prime lens and think in advance about camera settings.

6. Plan your route before walking in deep snow, exercise caution and common sense safety.

Quebec city winter photo gallery

Blowing snow around Quebec Citadel
Blowing snow around Quebec Citadel
Quebec Citadel old walls and church spires, Quebec winter cityscape
Quebec Citadel old walls and church spires, Quebec winter cityscape
Quebec Citadel and Chateau Frontenac in winter
Quebec Citadel and Chateau Frontenac in winter
View from Quebec Citadel at Bonhomme Winterland
View from Quebec Citadel at Bonhomme Winterland

 

 

  14.07.2017 by FPImages

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