Remparts


Québec Remparts

Arena Name: PEPS
Capacity: 2,000
Built: 1976
Address: Université Laval, Ste-Foy, QC, G1K 7P4
Last Game: 1999
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
Official Site: peps.ulaval.ca
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PEPS
PEPS
What was the Arena Like?
PEPS, aka the Pavillon de l'éducation physique et des sports de l'Université Laval, or the Sports and Physical Education Pavillion at the University of Laval, is a university multi-sport building located on the campus of the Université Laval in Ste-Foy, Quebec, just a few miles from downtown Québec City. It's a sprawling, charmless, concrete building, one of those university edifices from the 1970s that blight nearly every campus around the world; one that makes you wonder why the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey should have been the dominant architectural cue of the decade. It's also set way back from the road, which means that in the height of winter you're forced to walk across a barren, windswept and frozen tundra just to get in.

PEPS has it all. It's got an indoor pool, underground parking, a gym, weight room, tennis courts, and two hockey arenas that can actually combine into one. Yes, you read that right - it's an extremely cool setup. The hockey rink has seats in an "L" shape on two sides, with a removable wall on the third side of the ice. When the wall is removed, the two ice pads can combine into one for the hosting of long-track speed skating.

When I visited in 2007, the Laval Rouge et Or varsity team was playing a home game, and I wasn't going to pay the admission fee when I had tickets to the Q game in Victoriaville in two hours. It took a mere eleven years for me to get back to PEPS, but I got to check out the inside in 2018 when I made the trip back to Quebec City. The building is quite unusual in that there is only seating on two sides - one end and one side have a good dozen rows of seats, angled steeply, two-man benches painted in the ubiquitous rouge et or. The other two sides of the building are walled in, with no seating at all, and a large UNIVERSITÉ LAVAL sign hanging over the ice. I had heard for years that PEPS could be modified for long track speed skating, but finally seeing the operation in action, one wishes that they hadn't bothered. The parts of the ice surface that "open" are only a dozen feet high or so, so if you actually went to PEPS for a long track skating competition, you would only be able to see half the ice from the grandstand anyway.

PEPS is a good idea, but it doesn't appear to work in practice. It is shocking that a QMJHL team played there for two full seasons, particularly when the Pavillon de la Jeunesse was available. At least the Remparts franchise is now healthy enough that it seems unlikely that PEPS would ever be used by the Q again, even in an emergency.
Inside PEPS
PEPS
How To Get There
From A-540: Follow the expressway until it ends and then continue straight on Boul. Laurier. When you see the university campus on the left, turn into the main entrance, then make a right. Follow the signs after that.

From A-740: Follow the expressway until it ends and continue straight to Boul. Laurier. Turn right, then make a right into the main entrance of the university. Turn right then follow the signs to PEPS.
What's it Used For Today?
PEPS, as mentioned, is home to pretty much every single Laval Rouge et Or varsity team in every sport. There's even a football stadium next door that hosts the football team.
Feedback
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