DescriptionForillon National Park (Parc national Forillon) encompasses 244 square kilometres (95 sq. mi.) on the northeast tip of the Gaspé Peninsula and is accessible from Gaspé via Hwy. 132 E. Jagged seaside cliffs, capes, pebbled beach coves, fir covered highlands and ocean terraced lowlands typify park scenery. Of sedimentary origin, geologic formations contain rocks ranging in age from the Ordovician to the Devonian periods.
White-tailed deer, moose, black bears, foxes, beavers, minks and porcupines can be seen from the many hiking trails. The cliffs and headlands are home to colonies of seabirds, including double-crested cormorants, black-legged kittiwakes, black guillemots, razorbills and other marine bird species; during spring and fall many species of migrating birds rest there. Grey and harbor seals bask on offshore rocks, and seven species of whales cavort in the park's bays.
General InformationThe interpretation center near Cap-des-Rosiers offers exhibits and films. Naturalists offer interpretive activities in French; some programs are given in English. Three campgrounds are available, and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding are popular winter pursuits.
The park is open year-round. The interpretation center near Cap-des-Rosiers is open daily 9-5, June 1 to mid-Oct. Reception and information centers at Penouille and L'Anse-au-Griffon are open daily, June 1-Labour Day. Hours vary; phone ahead.
ADMISSIONADMISSION to the park is $7.65; free (ages 0-17). Reduced rates are offered off-season. The daily camping fee is $22.18, or $25.57 for a site with electricity.
ADDRESSADDRESS inquiries to the Park Superintendent, Forillon National Park, 122 boul. Gaspé, Gaspé, QC, Canada G4X 1A9; phone (418) 368-5505, (888) 773-8888, or (877) 737-3783 for campsite reservations.
GEM DescriptionThe 244-square-kilometre (95-sq.-mi.) park boasts spectacular scenery, wildlife from moose to mink, and abundant recreational opportunities.