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
Powder Magazine Aeration Tunnel

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.

Marie-Claire – Administrative Services Officer
Woman walking through the aeration tunnel
Nordic Snorkeling

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.

Laurie – Public Outreach Education Officer
Woman with snorkel and wetsuit on in front of shore
Cooler’s Bastion Casemate

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.

Simon – Interpretation Officer-Coordinator
Inside view of a dark, bomb proof casemate with an arch style wall
Darvard Island

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!

Alexandre – Technical Services Officer
Bird’s eye photo of canal with boats going through the lock and river
Fargeon Perfume Jar

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.

Crescence – Promotion Officer
White perfume jar artefact with copper coloured writing
Parker Falls

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.

Vicky – Visitor Experience Product Development Officer
A family playing in the falls with water rushing around them
Donnacona and Jacques Cartier Commemorative Monument

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.

Jacinthe – Interpretation Officer-Coordinator
A two-piece monument standing tall with trees behind
Lazaretto Graffiti

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.

Géraldine – Product Development Officer
Graffiti engraved into wall spelling out 1909, covered by a protectant.
The Castle and the Zoo

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.

Sarah – Public Outreach Education Officer
Stone sculptures within the  turquoise ocean