Parks Canada announces the 50th anniversary of Forillon National Park in 2020


GASPE, QC, January 16, 2020 /CNW/ – Parks Canada’s destinations are important cornerstones for from Canada the tourism industry, and the Agency is committed to providing high quality, meaningful visitor experiences and supporting tourism in communities across the country. the year 2020 grades the 50th anniversary of Forillon National Park. The program surrounding this anniversary, held under the theme 50 years of experience, will allow visitors to discover the park through the eyes of those whose lives have been impacted by this magnificent territory, from yesterday to today.

Special activities and events will be held during the summer to highlight this important milestone, thanks to the invaluable collaboration of the Micmac Nation of Gespeg and the Association of Expropriated Persons of Forillon and their Descendants.. Many regional partners will also be present.

The schedule will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Visitors who wish to make the most of these activities and their visit to Forillon National Park are invited to plan their trip by visiting the park website, by downloading the Parks Canada mobile app and following the park’s Facebook page (ForillonNP).

As for the other events taking place in the park, their programming will be enhanced in honor of the 50th anniversary, starting with the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing event La Traversée de la Gaspésie, the February 22. This unique experience will be followed by the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde and the Ultra-Trail du Bout du Monde.

With a number of new additions, visitors will be able to experience the park in new ways in this landmark year. For example, campers can experience an unforgettable stay under the stars in an Ôasis. This new type of accommodation, which can accommodate up to two adults and two children, is equipped with a convertible table/bed, a suspended hammock mezzanine, 180-degree windows facing the sea, heating and lighting. The new North Sector Information and Discovery Center will open its doors in June, offering a new permanent exhibition, restaurant service, boutique, terrace, laundry services, Wi-Fi and several recreational activities. It will also be the starting point for the new Du Banc trail. Bordering the Cap des Rosiers coastline, the trail offers a spectacular view of the magnificent cliffs of Forillon.

Since it’s never too early to plan your summer and fall vacations, camping reservations start today. Campers can book their stay online via the Parks Canada booking service website, or by calling 1-877-737-3783.


“It is with great pride that the government of Canada marks the 50th anniversary of Forillon National Park! The rich history of the territory and the people who lived there as well as its distinctive views that alternate between the sea, the cliffs and the forest make this park a unique destination. I would like to thank the local communities for their invaluable contribution to the development and promotion of the park, as well as the passionate teams at Forillon National Park who, for 50 years, have offered high-quality experiences to thousands of visitors from here and abroad. somewhere else. abroad.”

The Honorable Diane Lebouthillier
Minister of National Revenue and MNA for Gaspésie — Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine

“We are pleased to be able to work with Parks Canada to share our culture and traditions on our territory, Gespe’gewa’gi, by organizing various interpretive activities. Being part of the 50th anniversary events will be an important platform for us. “

Elisha Simon
General manager, Mi’gmaq Nation of Gespeg

“Although the anniversary of the creation of the park evokes painful memories among those expropriated, it remains important for us to continue our efforts with the current Parks Canada team so that our history is shared as widely as possible.”

Marie-Laure Rochefort
Association of people expropriated from Forillon and their descendants

Fast facts

  • In June 1970, Forillon becomes of Quebec first national park in the Canadian network. Located on the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, Forillon National Park protects an area of ​​244.8 km2, including a narrow band of marine area a little more 150 meters wide (4.4 km2).
  • The forest, which covers 95% of the park, is home to a wide variety of plant and wildlife species, including several species at risk.
  • Forillon Park’s distinctive coastal landscape, hiking trails and campsites are very popular attractions, as evidenced by the 170,000 people who visited the park between June and October 2019.
  • Its cultural heritage, which testifies to the Aboriginal occupation of the territory and commercial fishing, an activity practiced until the middle of the 20th century, makes Forillon a unique destination.
  • For the 2020 season, Forillon National Park will be open to visitors from May 29 to October 12. The park offers a total of 362 campsites between the Petit-Gaspé, Cap-Bon-Ami and Des-Rosiers campgrounds, which also include the five new Ôasis shelters and the micrOcube. The Petit-Gaspé and Des-Rosiers campgrounds also offer 15 heated and equipped oTENTik tents.
  • Parks Canada The sites are a great way for young people to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and our history. Admission to all Parks Canada places is free for youth 17 and under.

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SOURCE Parks Canada

For further information: Marie-Ève ​​Murray, Public Relations and Communications Officer, Forillon National Park, 418-368-5575, [email protected]; Media Relations, Parks Canada Agency, 855-862-1812, [email protected]

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