Shivers and haunting on the Plains of Abraham

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                        Shivers and haunting
                      on the Plains of Abraham
Québec, October 1, 2010 – Throughout the month of October, ghosts, elves and fairies will be haunting
the Plains of Abraham hoping to come across courageous visitors. Beginning October 1, 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: haunted tower, fantastic rally, gruesome lantern
tour, old-style beer sampling, family day, gloomy décor, and something new this year, a family lantern

Joan of Arc décor
Throughout October
Daytime or evening, at the Joan of Arc Garden, (at the corner of Taché and Wilfrid-Laurier streets)
Free access
Joan of Arc welcomes visitors in her magnificent fall garden with its
mysterious décor related to the history and tales of the Plains of
Abraham, such as the white lady of Cape Diamond, the widow’s walk,
the voices of Joan of Arc and La Corriveau. In addition, several
tombstones will remind strollers of the personalities that left their mark
on the park.
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Haunted tower and fantastic rally
October 16, 17, 23, 30 and 31 – in French only
From 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Martello Tower 2 and in the Joan of Arc
Garden (at the corner of Taché and Wilfrid-Laurier streets)
Cost: $2 / person
                              The entire family is invited to explore the
                              haunted tower and its mysterious labyrinth.
                              At each turn, surprises and décors will
                              amaze and amuse even the smallest of visitors: space lab, treasure island,
                              cemetery, mummy, witches and scarecrows… Harry Porter himself will be
                              greeting them! And then the fantastic rally, a self-guided tour for children
                              aged 5 and over, will entertain the craftiest among them at the Joan of Arc

Ghoulish Walk: lantern tour
October 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 – in French only
At 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., departure from
390, de Bernières
Cost: $15 / person, reservations required
Not recommended for children under 13 years of age
Accompanied by La Corriveau or officer James Murray, participate in this spellbinding interactive walking
tour that will show you the plains in a more ghoulish light, as well as several surprising characters. The
Plains, formerly an isolated area hidden from view, were an ideal spot for crime, prostitution, bloody
punishments, even executions. This unique tour will let you discover the dark tales of the park by lantern
light: La Corriveau’s hanging, the widow’s walk, the white lady, the enigmatic white stone, the
punishments doled out to soldiers of the Martello towers, thefts and more.

Bewitching Tour: family lantern tour
October 17 and 31– in French only                                                        NE W
Departure at 5:00 p.m., from Martello Tower 2
Cost: $8 / child, $10 / adult, reservations required
                                    Follow Marguerite or Abraham Martin who will guide you through the
                                    unusual décor of the Joan of Arc Garden. Shivers will run down the
                                    spines of the littlest (5 to 12 year olds) to the oldest, in this unexpected
                                    course. Thanks to the magic spells and formulas your guide will teach
                                    you (recitation of formulas, use of lucky charms and various
                                    incantations), you will succeed in thwarting the mysteries haunting the
                                    park. You will then have to keep your cool while visiting the haunted
                                    tower of Martello 2.
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The Convict’s Last Drink
October 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 – in French only
at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Martello Tower 2
Cost: $14 / person, reservations required
We are in the 19th century, and a crime has been committed by a
soldier on furlough. Be of the witnesses gathered around to sip a beer
while discussing the fate of the guilty party, the conditions and
atmosphere of the period. Take part in a colourful investigation in the unique setting of the Martello tower
while enjoying beer from a micro-brewery.

Pirate-theme family day
Sunday October 24
Noon till 4:30 p.m., Martello Tower 2 and Joan of Arc Garden
(at the corner of Taché and Wilfrid-Laurier streets)
Cost: $2 / person
Jack Rackham and his pirates will cast anchor in the garden during this
family day. Arrgh! They will tattoo visitors to ward off bad luck in addition to
sharing secrets: flag interpretation, assessment of a ship’s speed, attack weapons.
                                             The famous pirate Jack Sparrow will offer visitors three performances:
                                             at 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. In addition, young and old are
                                             asked to wear their pirate costumes and take part in the group
                                             photograph scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
                                             The most resourceful among visitors will enjoy the inflatable games
                                             and board the mini-train, while the fantastic rally will please the boldest
                                             among them. At Martello Tower 2, the bravest will run the course of the
                                             haunted tower labyrinth and savour delectable candy.

                                           Information and reservation
                                                       418 649-6157
                                                       or at the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham
                                                       835, Wilfrid-Laurier Avenue, level 0, Québec
                                                       (East of the Drill Hall)

                 In collaboration with:

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Source:                                   Marie-Eve Carpentier, communication assistant
                                          418 648-4801,
Information and interviews:               Joanne Laurin, communication officer
                                          418 649-6251,

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