Government of Canada Invests $15 Million in Forillon National Park
Highway 132 between Cap-des-Rosiers and Cap-aux-Os will be rebuilt
Highway 132, in Forillon National Park, is going to be rebuilt © Bouette et Bitume
April 23, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Office of the Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced today that Parks Canada will invest nearly $15 million in Forillon National Park to reconstruct the section of Highway 132 between the villages of Cap-des-Rosiers and Cap-aux-Os.
This reconstruction project was undertaken following the publication of a report on roadway management in the national parks of Eastern Canada. By investing in its road infrastructure as it is being done for Highway 132, Parks Canada will not only increase the security of local residents and visitors, but will also improve access to Forillon National Park and increase its visitation.
With its recent major investment projects in the Penouille Peninsula and Cap-des-Rosiers harbour, Parks Canada maintains its commitment of being a proud regional tourism partner.
- The call for tenders, which will be launched soon, concerns Segment 1, a roughly 4-km stretch of road between Cap-aux-Os and the La Chute trail. The work includes the reconstruction of the roadway and its shoulders, as well as the construction of a parking lot at the highest point on the route (entrance to the Les Crêtes trail).
- The work will begin in June and take three years (2014-2016).
- The section of Highway 132 covered by the project belongs to Parks Canada. It links the two main sectors of Forillon National Park, in addition to providing a vital link between the villages on the north and south sides of Forillon Peninsula.
- Over the past five years, investment projects in Forillon National Park have totaled more than $26 million.
“Our government is investing in the reconstruction of Highway 132, which is a vital access road for the local population and for visitors to Forillon National Park. This major project will further develop the potential and beauty while increasing the safety of the park in keeping with Parks Canada’s mandate. It will also promote economic and tourism development in the region.”
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
“By proceeding with a full reconstruction of Highway 132 in Forillon National Park, our Government is pursuing its commitment to promote economic development of communities in Quebec.”
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure,Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
Recent investments in Forillon National Park:
External Relations Manager
Gaspésie Field Unit, Parks Canada
Reconstruction of Highway 132 in Forillon National Park
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced today that Highway 132 will be completely rebuilt between the villages of Cap-des-Rosiers and Cap-aux-Os in Forillon National Park.
An amount of $14,910,000 from Parks Canada’s budget will be invested in this major project, which will last three years and have positive impacts on the economy and tourism.
Context of the project
In 2010, Parks Canada embarked on a roadway inspection program to gather detailed information on the state of the road network in the national parks of Eastern Canada. The project to rebuild Highway 132 in Forillon National Park was one of the Agency’s top priorities.
The rebuilding of Highway 132 will allow enhanced new visitor experiences in a setting that is both safe and respectful of the environment. This investment will not only increase the security of local residents and visitors, but also improve access to Forillon National Park and increase its visitation.
In fall 2013, the engineering firm Dessau was given two mandates by Parks Canada in order to launch the design phase of the Highway 132 reconstruction project. Dessau first had to prepare the drawings and specifications for Segment 1, a roughly 4-km stretch of road running from the boundary of the park, to the north of Cap-aux-Os, to a junction point near the entrance to the La Chute trail. The firm then had to undertake a design study for Segment 2, a section of road running from the end of Segment 1 to Cap-des-Rosiers. The aim of this study was to validate the different route designs proposed by Parks Canada.
The call for tenders which will be launched soon, concerns Segment 1. It includes, in particular, the reconstruction of the roadway and its shoulders, the upgrading and replacement of the guardrails, the construction of a parking lot at the highest point on the route (entrance to the Les Crêtes trail) and the repair of existing culverts.
The work on Highway 132 will begin in June 2014 with the construction of Segment 1, which should be completed by November. Until March 2015, efforts will be focused on finishing the design study for Segment 2 and preparing the drawings and specifications. The work on Segment 2 will take place in 2015-2016.
From late April to late May, tree removal will be carried out on the rights-of-way of Segment 2 and will need to be finished before the start of the reconstruction work scheduled for June.
In preparation for the project, Parks Canada will develop a traffic management plan to minimize, as much as possible, the impact of the work on traffic and on the safety of local residents.
The 10-km section of Highway 132 covered by the project belongs to Parks Canada. A contract for maintaining the road was signed with Transports Québec in 1971 and has been renewed annually ever since.