What to know before you visit

Parks Canada is investing $ three billion over five years to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

This historic investment supports a memorable visitor experience and improves our infrastructures’ security and appeal.

Please review the section below to see if any facility or road work might have an impact on your trip at Forillon National Park. 

Infrastructure Projects in Forillon National Park

Work that may affect visitors

North area
  • The L'Anse-au-Griffon visitor centre is permanently closed.
  • Because of the COVID-19 situation and our more limited capacity, the new Visitor Information and Discovery Centre will not welcome its first visitors until 2021.
  • At the Cap-des-Rosiers parking lot, near the head of Du Banc trail, construction on a service building (comfort station) should commence in the fall of 2020. Some work, such as the drilling of a water supply well, is expected to be done this summer.
  • Prélude-à-Forillon trail is reopen this year in an improved state to respond to bank erosion.
South area
  • Because of the work taking place at the operations centre, there is heavy-vehicle traffic on the road leading to the Le Portage trail parking lot (near the operations centre).
  • Corrective work on the service building of loops A and C of the Petit-Gaspé campsite is underway. Because of the COVID-19 situation and our more limited capacity, this service building will not be open to visitors in 2020.

Project in progress

Reconstruction of the operations centre

In the late fall of 2020, all Forillon National Park employees could be grouped on one site, which will facilitate inter-team communications and the coordination of work, so that we can provide even more efficient services.

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Among our projects 

Renovation transforming the Interpretation Centre into a Visitor Information and Discovery Centre

In 2021, you will be able to discover the brand-new permanent exhibition and the film presenting the main themes of Forillon. Some of the services that will be offered: food, kids corner, free WiFi, shop, equipment rental.

Rehabilitation of service buildings: Petit-Gaspé and Des-Rosiers campsites

Bâtiment de services

For your comfort, the Petit-Gaspé service buildings and the Des-Rosiers campsite building have been renovated. In 2019, these buildings were finalists in two categories for the Centre d’expertise sur la construction commerciale en bois Prix d’Excellence: architectural details for sustainability and institutional buildings under 1,000 m2.

Restoration of the Blanchette buildings

The famous house, the barn, and the cod store have been completely restored in the style and materials of the original buildings. The artefacts displayed in these buildings have also been restored. 

Reconstruction of the stairs at Cap-Bon-Ami

Come and admire the view! The staircase down to the beach at Cap-Bon-Ami now includes several different levels to facilitate circulation and to increase the security of visitors by reducing the incline of the slope.

Restoration of the Grande-Grave wharf

A vestige of a time when cod fishing was the area’s greatest economic strength, the Grande-Grave wharf, whose eastern jetty has been restored, is now home to several different activities.

Restoration of the Cap-des-Rosiers beach - Du Banc trail

Ta-da! In addition to providing several access points to the beach, Du Banc trail includes several different amenities: wooden footbridges, a lookout tower, a picnic area, and interpretation panels.

Partial restoration of the Joseph Gavey House to safeguard its structural integrity

Following restoration works, Joseph Gavey House, which is more than 150 years old, is now standing straight. Hikers can access the surrounding area of heritage buildings.

For information

External Relations, Gaspésie Field Unit, Parks Canada 
information@pc.gc.ca
Telephone: 418-368-5505