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A Look Back at a Successful Year in Forillon National Park
January 28, 2016 Gaspé, Quebec Parks Canada Agency
With the 2016 season about to get underway, the Parks Canada Agency looks back at 2015 as a very successful year in Forillon National Park. Numerous signs point to the vitality of this natural and cultural treasure, including higher visitation levels, new recreational and educational activities, and major research and investment projects.
To take but one example, the number of visitors surged by 19% in comparison with 2014 figures, while the campground occupancy rate shot up 12% for the same period.
Last year, Parks Canada stepped up its efforts to expand the array of memorable experiences available to visitors to Forillon National Park through such things as: additional oTENTiks, new outdoor activities, cultural events, sporting challenges, etc. Also, by increasing its co-operation with the City of Gaspé, the Gespeg Mi’kmaq community, Escale Gaspésie and several other regional organizations, Parks Canada strengthened its ties with the surrounding community and was able to offer the public a broad range of original, inspiring experiences.
Forillon National Park also partnered with the Chamber of and Tourism of Gaspé to create and launch a new mobile app and a large-scale promotional campaign under the theme of “Go Gaspé-Forillon!”, thereby positioning the region as a must-visit outdoor recreation destination in Quebec.
In the area of conservation, Parks Canada actively contributed to preserving Forillon’s protected natural heritage, particularly by launching a new research project on the black bear population and an ecological restoration project for the Cap-des-Rosiers beach. In addition, the Agency carried out a prescribed burn and monitored various animal populations: medium-sized carnivores (e.g., marten, fisher, lynx), seals, harlequin ducks, fish, etc.
Infrastructure investments totalling $9.5 M were confirmed in 2015. Projects currently underway include the reconstruction of Route 132, sustainable development at Penouille, rehabilitation of Fort Peninsula, inspection and repair of road bridges and footbridges, as well as electrification of Loop A at the Petit-Gaspé campground.
For the benefit of the public, the Forillon park team has produced a newsletter entitled “Year in Review – 2015,” which sets out the main projects and highlights of a year brimming with achievements. The newsletter is available on the park’s website, at www.pc.gc.ca/forillon.
- Located at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, Forillon National Park is a mountainous point bordered by the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Gaspé Bay. Forillon protects a territory covering 244.8 km2, including a narrow strip of marine area over 150 m in width (4.4 km2).
- This year, visitors can plan their stay for the coming season even further in advance, as the Parks Canada reservation service began accepting new reservations for Forillon National Park’s campsites as of January 22, 2016.
“In 2015, the staff at Forillon National Park was delighted to be able to meet so many people eager to learn more about, and experience, our environment and our heritage. The Agency invites the Canadian population to celebrate our national treasures. Parks Canada contributes to developing Canada’s reputation as a destination of choice for visitors from around the world, and supports the growth of local tourism as well as job creation.”
Superintendent, Gaspésie Field Unit, Parks Canada
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Public Relations and Communications Officer
Parks Canada – Gaspésie Field Unit
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