Pass for owners expropriated at the time of the creation of Forillon National Park and their descendants
Frequently Asked Questions
How will expropriated families have access to Forillon National Park?
- Parks Canada is introducing new pass for owners expropriated at the time of the creation of a national park or a national historic site, as well as for their spouses and descendants.
- This pass henceforth gives three generations (expropriated owners, their children, their grandchildren, as well as their spouses) the right to access the national park or national historic site whose creation gave rise to their expropriation.
- These people will be able to freely visit the places that have special meaning to them such as cemeteries, former residence sites, expropriation commemoration sites, and to take part in commemorative events organized or supported by Parks Canada.
Why has this new pass been created?
- This pass will give family members of expropriated owners a way to return to the places that are dear to them in the national park or historic site whose creation gave rise to their expropriation. It is an important step in the continuation of efforts undertaken by Parks Canada in the past few years toward re-establishing relations with communities.
- This approach is part of a profound change in mentality within Parks Canada. Much more than an ideology, this new way of proceeding gives rise to concrete actions that help the reconciliation process here, at Forillon, but also across the country.
Why are the admissibility requirements announced in August 2010 modified?
- In response to requests made by expropriated persons, the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, amended, on June 3, 2011, the exemption of entrance fees announced in August 2010 so that all expropriated owners are eligible, as well as their children and grandchildren (three generations).
- This decision is part of the reconciliation process with expropriated persons undertaken by Parks Canada. At Forillon National Park, the reconciliation process has notably included special reunion days held in 2009 and 2010 and the creation of a new permanent exhibit Gaspesians from Land's End. This measure also reflects the apology motion voted for unanimously in favour at the House of Commons last February 14.
- This decision, as this whole reconciliation process, shows Parks Canada's willingness to recognize the contribution of these families and communities to the history of our region and country. They are a solid base upon which Parks Canada intends to continue to build on.
Who can obtain a pass for Forillon National Park?
- The owners of permanent residences, cottages, land and lumber lots that were expropriated during the creation of Forillon National Park, their children, grandchildren and spouses will be able to obtain a pass so that they can revisit the places that are dear to them, which are, today, within in the park.
- Each eligible person is responsible for submitting their own application for a pass. For applicants under 18 years old, the pass application can be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.
- The pass is valid for one national park or national historic site, that is, the one whose creation gave rise to the expropriation of the applicant and his/her family.
Who is the "first generation of expropriated persons"?
- The expression "first generation of expropriated persons" refers to persons whose name appeared on the act of ownership of a permanent residence, a cottage, and land or lumber lots expropriated during the creation of a national park or a national historic site and their spouses.
- "Second generation of expropriated persons" refers to the children of the first generation of expropriated persons and their spouses.
- "Third generation of expropriated persons" refers to the grandchildren of the first generation of expropriated persons and their spouses.
How does this pass for the Forillon National Park work?
- At Forillon National Park, this pass will take the form of an identity card with photo and will be issued to any eligible person who applies for one. It is a personal non-transferable pass that will be renewable every five years.
- Upon presenting their pass at Forillon National Park toll kiosks, pass holders will have free access, all year round, to places within the park that have special personal or family significance to them.
How do I make a request?
- You can, at this time, apply for a pass. Your application must include the following:
- the Pass Application duly completed and signed,
a copy of your birth (or baptismal) certificate in order to prove your identity and one recent colour photo.
- The Pass Application form is available here: Application Form (PDF - 120 Kb) or a printed form can be obtained at the Parks Canada offices in Gaspé (122 De Gaspé Boul.), at L'Anse-au-Griffon and Penouille reception and information centres, at the Interpretation Centre in the North sector and at toll kiosks in the North and South sectors of the park.
- The completed form can be mailed or dropped off in person at the following address:
Forillon National Park
122 De Gaspé Boulevard
Gaspé, Québec G4X 1A9
- You can also submit your application by e-mail to: email@example.com
Proof of identity: birth certificate or passport?
- Only copies of birth or baptismal certificates will be accepted as proof of identity for pass application purposes. Other identity documents, such as passports, driver’s licences, and health insurance cards, are not accepted because they do not show the names of the applicant’s parents
Blended families: who qualifies?
- A person can qualify for the Pass Program either through a direct descendent relationship (up to three generations) with an owner whose property was expropriated at the time of the creation of Forillon National Park or a spousal relationship with someone qualifying for the pass.
Please contact a Pass Program officer for more information on this subject.
Is there a deadline for applying for a pass?
- There is no deadline for applying for a pass.
How do I provide notification of a change of address, telephone number or email address?
- In order to keep the information in your file up to date, you can notify us of any change of address, telephone number or email address by calling the Parks Canada office in Gaspé at (418) 892-6028 or by emailing us the new information at firstname.lastname@example.org
This will make it easier for us to contact you when it is time to renew your pass.
How do I notify a change of spouse?
- Please contact a Pass Program officer for more information on this subject.
How much is the Pass replacement fee?
- Forillon National Park hereby wishes to notify you that as of October 9, 2012, a $20 fee will be charged for replacing a pass. Note that the costs are of use to the processing of the demand and not for the replacement of the pass.
Any application to replace a pass must be accompanied by the "Pass Replacement Application" (PDF - 36Kb) form (duly completed and signed) and payment in full by cheque or cash. The form is available in a printer-friendly PDF version or can be obtained by calling the Parks Canada office in Gaspé, at (418) 368-5505.
Other useful information
- The Pass Program operates from May to September of each year. During that period, we will answer your questions, process applications and print passes. Pass applications may still be send by mail or email troughout the fall and winter months, they will only be processed the following spring. Please note that incomplete pass application will be returned to the applicant unprocessed.
- No information is provided on the status of applications outside of the program’s period of operation.
- People waiting for a pass are required to pay park entrances fees. The fees will be reimbursed on presentation of the pass and one or more receipts. (Be sure to keep your receipts because fees are reimbursed only on the presentation of proof of payment.)
- For the sake of fairness, the processing procedure for all applications is the same.
How can I contact the Pass Program?