The educational album Gallantine au parc Forillon was produced and performed by artist Sylvie Gallant (Gallantine) in cooperation with Parks Canada. It features twelve songs arranged by Robert Lafond that celebrate the wonders of Forillon National Park of Canada (Gaspé, Quebec) and nature in general.
Children ages zero to seven and their parents are invited to follow Gallantine at Forillon National Park and have all kinds of encounters while having fun and learning.
1. UN TOUR EN GASPÉSIE
First of all, Gallantine decides to go take a tour of the Gaspé Peninsula. Will she go by motorboat, canoe, raft, paddleboat, or on a big cruise ship? The song will reveal the answer.
2. LES BALEINES À BOSSES
Gallantine’s first encounter is impressive. The humpback whales have returned for the summer. The waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Gaspé Bay are the whales’ food pantry where they come to eat plankton. Gallantine is amazed and watches these sea mammals without disturbing them. Whales are like us—they need space!
3. LA VALSE DES ANIMAUX
As she watches the mother whales with their calves, she notices that in nature, every mother watches over her baby. A mother bear protects her cub just like a human mom looks after her little one. It is essential to respect animals and give them the space they need to live in peace.
4. GALLANTINE AU PARC
Finally, Gallantine disembarks and invites the children to come explore Forillon National Park with her as she walks through the forest, on the pebbles, near the marsh. In nature, you can find everything you need to have fun! And sometimes, you get to see animals...
5. LE RAPAPARC
What a menagerie of animals she discovers in this park: weasels, bears, moose, seals, porcupines, and so many others that live in the ocean depths! Forillon Park is truly rich in biodiversity!
6. MON AMIE PARKA
Gallantine makes the acquaintance of Parka, the mascot of Parks Canada’s large network of national parks, marine parks, and national historic sites. Parka tells her what she has seen in these protected areas. Gallantine is enchanted and wants Parka to take her along to discover other wonders and share all her adventures with her.
7. LE REEL DU CASTOR
Parka describes to Gallantine how her family, the beavers, live. She explains how they work together to build dams, lodges, etc. The two new friends have so much fun together that they decide to celebrate. They have a wonderful time dancing a reel created especially for beavers, the animal emblem of Parks Canada and symbol of Canada. The beaver is a strong, brave, intelligent, and resourceful animal—like the people of Canada!
8. DORS MON PETIT OURSON
Oops! Gallantine and Parka made a little too much noise. A mother bear is trying to get her little bear cub to sleep. The black bear is a popular animal at Forillon National Park! For our own safety and their protection, we should learn how to live in harmony with black bears.
9. MAMAN NATURE
During her visit, Gallantine realizes just how wonderful nature is. The animals can live there in freedom and eat, sleep, and have fun together. The cycle of nature allows all its essential parts (plants, animals, water, and soil) to live in harmony together to our benefit. Protecting nature is fundamental, whether it’s in your own yard or a national park.
10. PAR OÙ PASSER?
But the animals have a problem: how can they cross the roads built by humans? Today, human construction poses serious challenges to animals that must travel to find food or mates. How do they manage to travel with their young? Fortunately, human beings are working hard to find corridors where they can move about safely.
11. POUR VOYAGER (nursery rhyme)
Suddenly Gallantine realizes that animals don’t have any cars, boats, or planes to help them get around. So how do they do it? And what if we were inspired by animals to help nature?
12. LES OISEAUX DES FALAISES
At the end of her trip, Gallantine witnesses a spectacular sight: thousands of seabirds nesting in the cliffs. She is fascinated to learn that during the year, they live offshore, on the ocean, and come in Forillon’s immense, protected cliffs for one reason only: to have BABIES!