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Day 16: Plains of Abraham

Today we had something of a late start to our morning having gone to sleep with the windows closed, last night. Due to the rain, I might add, and not because of any heat issues. And while we might have hoped for cooler weather today—after yesterday’s day of rain—it dawned humid, hot, and sunny.

Change of plans. Instead of a long walk, we shifted to our Plan B. Took a short bus ride to the Grand Theatre de Québec (under reno), and headed for the Jeanne D’Arc Gardens. Which was to be our start point of a short walk around the Plains of Abraham, the historic site where the French and British, under the commands of Montcalm and Wolfe, battled for supremacy.

This was to be a monument walk around the Plains, however, the city doing a year of refurbishment and repair works, also included works in and around the plains. Walls being rebuilt, monuments cleaned, areas re-grassed, that sort of thing. So our short walk tuned out even shorter than expected. Which, given the humidity by 11 am—30 degrees and climbing—it was just as well to call it a day.

What we did see—other than the summer flowers in the Jeanne D’arc gardens—where two of the surviving Martello Towers (one being under restoration,) some breath-taking views out across the St. Lawrence river, and the newly reconstructed Armoury, which burnt down almost to the ground 10 years ago.

History, heritage, and grand views!


  1. A short walk, perhaps, but a lovely one, Alex. There’s some very pretty scenery there! And, honestly, I think you were wise to shorten your walk, given the heat, etc.. Thanks for sharing.

    • La Blonde says

      Oh, indeed, Margot. By the time we got to the Martello tower it was getting very sticky out. But still, we managed to have a lovely walk, as you can see. 😀

    • La Blonde says

      Indeed, Naomi, the armoury burnt down in 2008, the year of QC’s 400th birthday, so it couldn’t have been more devastating. But, in that time, they’ve rebuilt it to specification, and then some. It really is an amazing looking building!

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