Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada
Agreement between Parks Canada and the Corporation du Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père
Gaspé (Québec), September 17, 2012 – Constructive discussions between Parks Canada managers and their counterparts at the Corporation du Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père have allowed them to find a solution to the operation of the Pointe-au-Pére Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada. Consequently, beginning in 2013, Parks Canada will once again call on the services of the corporation, which will assure the operation of the national historic site on a contract basis.
This decision is also in line with federal government objectives to reduce the deficit as announced when the last federal budget was presented. For Stéphane Marchand, Parks Canada Superintendant for the Gaspé Peninsula, “thanks to the continued collaboration between Parks Canada and the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père, the Agency can continue to enjoy the corporation’s expertise, align its service offer with the visitors’ interests in mind, and meet our budgetary goals. In addition, this decision serves to address the issues and concerns of the region’s tourism industry by extending operations until October. It’s a winning formula for all stakeholders.”
Over the years, the Corporation has implemented a tourism plan that has amplified the services offered on the land it manages. “We are delighted with Parks Canada’s decision to entrust management of the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site to us. The site is an added attraction to our own facilities. Moreover, nearly half of our visitors purchase a package ticket offering access to the lighthouse”, declared Serge Guay, manager of the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père.
Parks Canada reiterates its willingness to continue to work with the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père in compliance with the five-year partnership agreement signed by both parties in 2011. The parties propose to enter into a two-year contract, with the option to extend the contract for a further two years.
Parks Canada is committed to continue to protect and promote Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, and offer unparalleled visitor experiences and learning opportunities.