Enchanted forest

I love Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site. The enchanted forest trail is full of discoveries: the shape of the trees, the cemetery, the viewpoints and the tranquil atmosphere present throughout the trail.

Gloria – Administrative Assistant
Historic landscape

My first job at Parks Canada in 1990! What inspires me at the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site is the beauty and calm of the landscape with its mountains reflected in the river. I like to imagine the vessels of the French and British fleets that sailed up the Baie des Chaleurs to the Restigouche.

Hélène – Interpretation Coordinator
Touch of poetry

My hidden gem is the poetry participation project at the top of the upper forge chimney at the Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site. It helps the public form personal ties with the site and connects remains from the past to words of the present.

Isabelle – Visitor Experience Team Leader
Penouille Taiga

A special type of vegetation grows on the Penouille sand spit in Forillon National Park. There you will find a barren boreal forest (called a taiga) that is a remarkable occurrence for this low altitude. It is a bit like stepping into the Great North but you are only a few steps away from the town of Gaspé.

Emilie – Public Relations and Communications Officer
Woman walking a dog on a trail with vegetation resembling taiga
Impressive lock

Every time I see a lock in operation at the Carillon Canal National Historic Site, I’m impressed. I never get tired of seeing the boats emerge from the 20-metre deep ditch or seeing them descend in this enclosed space. What’s more, it’s free!

Suzie – Public Relations Officer
Lazaretto graffiti

Serving as a hospital, the Lazaretto is one of the oldest buildings at the Grosse-Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site. Several sick immigrants left various forms of graffiti, marking their passage here. I find that it makes the site that much more authentic and poignant.

Géraldine – Project Coordinator

adore the interactive new exhibit at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site. The idea of suggesting that everyone Imagine a country is brilliant! It’s a unifying element regardless of a person's origin, culture or religion. It’s very inspiring to read the dreams of other visitors, several of which are truly touching.

Nathalie – Promotion Officer