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May 19, 2022                             Province of Quebec              Parks Canada Agency

The network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada is a gateway to nature, history, and 450 000 km of memories from coast to coast to coast.

The 30 cultural and natural heritage sites administered by Parks Canada in Quebec are pleased to welcome visitors for the 2022 summer visitor season. This year, certain sites will be offering new activities, including:

*         New accessible and inclusive experiences at La Mauricie National Park to allow a greater diversity of visitors to enjoy it. The beach at Edouard Lake will now be equipped with a mobility mat for wheelchair access to the beach, and transportation options without a personal vehicle will be enhanced through a partnership with the travel agency Escapade Mauricie.

*         Eco-responsible ways to navigate in the whale habitat and marvel at the sublime landscapes of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. Boaters and kayakers are invited to navigate with experienced captains and guides or discover the park with both feet on the ground thanks to the Discovery Network that links 21 observation sites in the Lower St. Lawrence, Charlevoix, Cote-Nord and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean regions.

*         Various large-scale events at Forillon National Park such as the Forillon Ultra-Trail event by Evenements Gaspesia and the Festival de musique du Bout du Monde featuring Vieux Farka Toure at the sunrise concert. The park also features 10 memorable experiences for people with reduced mobility such as an oTENTik stay and the Penouille Beach Trail, now accessible with an adapted electric cart.

*         New original accommodation options in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. Visitors venturing to le du Havre and Grande le will now be able to stay in an asis, a dreamy ready-to-camp accommodation in the shape of a water droplet!

*         Four important celebrations will be marked in 2022: the 50th anniversary of the Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site, the 150th anniversary of the construction of the Levis forts, the 175th anniversary of the Irish tragedy at Grosse le and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site and at Forillon National Park, and the 20th anniversary of the reopening of the Lachine Canal.

*         New activities throughout the network of national historic sites (NHS), including:

o    The Diabolus ex machina audio path created by Fred Pellerin and artwork by artist Myriam Fauteux at Forges du Saint-Maurice NHS. To be discovered along an outdoor trail on the shores of the Saint-Maurice River. 

o    A new exhibition at the Saint-Louis Forts and Chteau NHS in partnership with the Huron-Wendat Nation that traces more than 200 years of diplomatic relations and alliances with First Nations through the perspective of the Nation.

o    Workshops all summer long on the trades of yesteryear and Indigenous know-how at the Obadjiwan-Fort Temiscamingue NHS. 

o    Costumed interpretation activities, games and tea tastings at Manoir Papineau NHS as part of the Year of the Garden.

o    The return of the highly popular family activities with soldiers and a new tour to better appreciate the impressive Fort Chambly NHS at the foot of the rapids.

o    "Learn-to Camp" family experiences in collaboration with MEC at various national historic sites in the Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudire-Appalaches regions.

Parks Canada provides the perfect setting for memorable and safe experiences. Whether you're looking for adventure, fun for the whole family, a chance to explore nature and history, or a break from the everyday, there are countless unique experiences to suit every visitor's needs.

The Parks Canada website provides opening dates for each site as well as detailed information on what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit, and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they travel, to respect the guidance of public health experts, and to follow all signage and direction from Parks Canada employees.

The health and safety of visitors and employees are of the utmost importance and Parks Canada continues to follow the advice, guidance, and requirements of public health authorities and experts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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