Year in review - 2018
Here's an overview of the main projects and highlights of year 2018.
To learn more about our projects and activities, consult the 2018 Year in Review document.
Download the 2018 Year In Review (PDF, 9,5 MB).
Protecting your natural treasures
Cap-des-Rosiers beach restauration
Forillon, a genuine laboratory for coastal erosion, has become a leader in climate change adaptation. The Cap-des-Rosiers project aims to restore and preserve natural environments for several different species. Visitors and the community alike can enjoy a natural place of leisure or gather around the Carricks monument. In 2018, Du Banc trail was created, featuring wooden footbridges, a lookout tower and more. Official opening in 2019.
Also, the capelin spawning was confirm by determining the presence of eggs on the beach. In 2018, the number of sites with eggs is twice as high as in 2016.
Tracking climate change
What is the link between forest soil decomposition monitoring and climate change? Each year, a number of yellow birch sticks are buried in specific locations. After three years, some are dug up and analyzed. Their state of decomposition is an indicator of soil microorganism activity and potentially, of the impacts of climate change. We’re keeping a close eye on climate change!
An interesting discovery!
Before beginning the work, the presence of bats was verified by installing ultrasound signal recorders in Joseph Gavey House. No bats made were found to make the House their permanent home. Outside, however, all signs point to activity of the tri-colored bat, an endangered species affected by white-nose syndrome. This is excellent news – this species had not been detected in the park since 2016, and we hope to see it again!
Protecting your cultural treasures
Four well cared-for heritage buildings
In order to renew their lustre of yesteryear, the Blanchette buildings including the famous yellow house, the barn and the cod hangar underwent significant restoration efforts. They have now regained their central place within the park’s activities.
At over 150 years old, Joseph Gavey House reflects the characteristics of architectural style typical of 19th century Gaspésie. Thanks to the work, the heritage building features a new foundation, a reinforced frame and new floors.
There are five cemeteries on Forillon National Park territory representing over 400 monuments and grave markers. In 2018, Parks Canada and its partners began taking inventory of these cemeteries, recording GPS locations, a summary of monuments and grave markers, and more. The compilation of data collected will continue in 2019.
Offering visitors an unforgettable experience
Did you know?
Access to Parks Canada sites is now free of charge for youth 17 years and under!
Public digs on Penouille Peninsula
History and archaeology enthusiasts were invited to discover the profession of archaeologists during the public dig days on the Penouille Peninsula, a site that bears witness of the presence of paleo-autochthons and Mi’gmaq.
New interpretive activities
This year, two new talks were added to the list of interpretive activities:
- L’ennemi aux portes du Saint-Laurent tells the story of the battle of the Saint-Lawrence during the Second World War
- À quatre pattes! presents the mammals living in Forillon National Park through different signs and traces of their presence throughout the territory.
Other activities in 2018
- Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie exhibit
- Forillon sous les perséides astronomy night on August 14th
- BioBlitz: 4 activities organized as part of Parks Day, more than 150 partipants
- Major cleanup: 6,343 removed pieces of garbage from the park and elsewhere in greater Gaspé
Engaging with you
Partnership with Micmac Nation of Gespeg
Visitors had the chance to learn more about Mi’gmaq culture:
- The Mawiomi was held on August 9th as part of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
- A Mi’gmaq stories and legends activity was organized from June to August.
Winter parternship with the Centre Culturel Le Griffon
The Centre, a valued partner for several years now, offers the community of greater Gaspé the chance to discover the joys of winter at Forillon through cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking.
Partnership with Festival Musique du Bout du Monde
A crowd of 700 spectators enjoyed the sold-out show and the mesmerizing chants of Alash, which enchanted the crowd before a backdrop of Cap-Bon-Ami majestic cliffs at the golden light of dawn. A truly unforgettable moment!
Ultra-Trail du Bout du Monde, La Grande récré Force 4 (organized by Le Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie) and the Traversées de la Gaspésie (TDLG) by cross-country ski, snowshoe and on foot
Ongoing collaborations with several regional organizations
Micmac Nation of Gespeg, Association of Persons Expropriated from Forillon and their Descendants, City of Gaspé, Destination Gaspé, Centre Culturel Le Griffon, MRC de La Côte-de-Gaspé, Festival Musique du Bout du Monde, Traversées de la Gaspésie, Route de la morue, Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie, Tourisme Gaspésie, Musée de la Gaspésie, Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, Université du Québec à Rimouski, etc.
These partnerships help Forillon strengthen their ties with its community and offer the public a large range of unique and inspiring experiences.
Renewing our infrastructures
Forillon is committed to you! Since 2009, the park has invested over $80M; this sum is part of the largest infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.
|Inspection of road bridges and walkways||Finished|
|Inspection of wastewater treatment systems||Finished|
|Restoration of the Grande-Grave wharf||Finished|
|Secondary road work||Spring 2019|
|Restoration of the Blanchette buildings||Spring 2019|
|Stabilization of Joseph Gavey House||Spring 2019|
|Rehabilitation of the lookout and reconstruction of the Cap-Bon-Ami stairs||Spring 2019|
|Restoration of Cap-des-Rosiers beach||Official opening in 2019|
|Refurbishment of the Des-Rosiers Campground service buildings||Summer 2019|
|Refurbishment of the service buildings at Petit-Gaspé Campground||Summer 2019|
|Refurbishment of the south pier at Cap-des-Rosiers Harbour||Summer 2019|
|Refurbishment of the interpretation centre into an information and discovery centre||Fall 2019|
|Reconstruction of the operational centre||2021|
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