Quebec: Staff favourites
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.
Inside the walls of Fort No. 1 at the Lévis Forts National Historic Site there is a powder magazine that was used to store barrels of black powder. The darkness and length of the tunnel, along with the humidity, get to me every time and shroud this passage in mystery.
Diving into cold water is a challenge that I am proud to say I took at the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. It was so exciting to explore the ocean in a diving suit, flippers and mask! When the ocean is calm, you can even see animals.
Located at the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site, this bomb-proof building impresses greatly with its unexpected size. It has been closed to the public for the last few years, but restoration work has recently been completed. We cannot wait for you to see it.
At the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site, Darvard Island is a real gem in the heart of the Richelieu River. It is an enchanting place to go for a picnic, fishing or watch the boats go through the lock. You can even stay overnight in an oTENTik now!
This perfume jar is part of a collection of 500,000 artefacts recovered at the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site and it is my favourite. Containing a high-quality scented ointment, it was meant for a lady like Marie-Antoinette. It demonstrates France’s influence on England in the area of fashion and good taste.
A hidden gem in La Mauricie National Park, the falls can be accessed from the Saint-Gérard entrance, just a few minutes from the Domaine Wabenaki-Andrew. What would be better than dipping your feet in crystal-clear water after a nice walk through the forest? If you are looking to swim, have a picnic or simply admire the view, Parker Falls are definitely worth it.
For me, this monument at the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site is a gem in the way it represents the meeting of two ways of life. Composed of two stela and a strip of granite, this monument invokes the ocean that divides the two continents or the river marking the path to the meeting place.
The Lazaretto at the Grosse-Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site is a testament to the many tragedies that occurred on the island. Serving as a hospital, several sick immigrants left various forms of graffiti like a boat or a marking of the days spent there. They bear witness to the passage of these quarantined people.
On Grande Île, in the western sector of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, there are monoliths proudly facing the turquoise and translucent ocean. These grandiose natural sculptures were named due to their resemblance to a castle and animals. You can see a bear, an elephant, a turtle, a duck, an eagle, a sheep, a wolf and other animals shaped out of the stone.