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

From: Parks Canada
Hikers at the Mont-Saint-Alban observation tower, Forillon National Park. ©MDupuis

January 16, 2020 Gaspé, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada’s destinations form important cornerstones for Canada’s tourism industry, and the Agency is committed to providing visitors with high-quality and meaningful experiences and to support tourism in communities across the country. The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Forillon National Park. The programming surrounding this anniversary, held under the theme 50 years of experiences, will allow visitors to discover the park through the eyes of those whose lives have been impacted by this magnificent territory, from the past to the present day.

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

Programming will be confirmed over the next few weeks. Visitors who wish to make the most out of these activities and their visit to Forillon National Park are encouraged to plan their trip by visiting the park’s website, 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 honour of the 50th anniversary, starting with the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing event La Traversée de la Gaspésie, on February 22nd. This unique experience will be followed by the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde and the Ultra-Trail du Bout du Monde.

Thanks to a number of new features, visitors will be able to enjoy the park in new ways during this milestone year. For example, campers will be able to experience an unforgettable stay under the stars in an Ôasis . This new type of accommodation, which can house up to two adults and two children, is equipped with a convertible table/bed, a suspended hammock loft, 180-degree sea-facing windows, heating and lighting. The new Information and Discovery Centre in the North Area will open its doors in June, offering a new permanent exhibit, a catering service, a store, a patio, laundry services, Wi-Fi, and several recreational activities. It will also be the departure point for the new Du Banc trail. Bordering the Cap-des-Rosiers coastline, the trail offers a spectacular view of Forillon’s magnificent cliffs.

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

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