I love Obadjiwan–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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I 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.
Du Banc Trail
The new Du Banc Trail at Forillon National Park has everything for those who love short hikes or bike rides. The trail follows the seashore, with magnificent cliffs and land’s end as the backdrop. I love admiring the beach and the Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse from the observation tower overlooking the salt marsh. I always make sure to have a family picnic at the rest stop!
I’ll never get over the beauty of Grande Île at Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve! I love the different groups of naturally sculpted monoliths; walking around the “Chateau” and spotting animal silhouettes at the “Zoo.” It’s a great place to camp and hike too; the island’s landscape is breathtaking!
Lunch by the locks
Being steps away from Old Montreal has its benefits! On a beautiful summer day, I love walking from the office down to the Old Port Locks for lunch. Whether I packed a lunch or picked something up from one of the many restaurants nearby, a picnic along the Lachine Canal is a summertime must! Nothing beats good food, great views and excellent weather!
My favourite place at the Battle of Châteauguay is the belvedere and scale model! With a great view of the battlefield, you can easily imagine being a Canadian militiaman defending the banks of the Châteauguay River. It’s always fun to retell the history of this little-known battle and watch visitors react in surprise!
Band of boats
The three locks in the heart of Old Chambly offer a one-of-a-kind show in Quebec. Whether you’re a boat enthusiast or not, it is always impressive watching the boats go through the Chambly Canal. Seeing the water shoot out of the valves and fill the lock like a fountain is a fascinating sight ... AND it’s free!