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The week that I was about to leave for my latest road trip to Gaspe I was telephoned by the National Parks Reservation Service to inform us that the campground that we were booked into was CLOSED effective IMMEDIATELY due to a landslide at the particular campground that we were booked into. We were given a choice of alternate campgrounds.
Forillon is a natural and rugged area that was created according to the web site of Parks Canada “to protect a representative sample of the Notre-Dame and Mégantic mountain regions and certain elements of the St.Lawrence marine region.”
This beautiful National Park comprises an area of about 240 square kilometers and was established in 1974, set along the shoreline of the Gaspe Peninsula.
The park contains the northern terminus of the International Appalachian Trail, a “natural” continuation of the hiking trail that starts in Georgia and finishes its American segment in the state of Maine.
The International portion transits through the Canadian Province of New Brunswick and into Quebec along the Gaspe Peninsula where it comes to an end at Cap Gaspe at the tip of the peninsula at an area known appropriately as “Lands End”.
There are numerous hiking opportunities available in both the southern and northern sectors of the park, some of the trails more challenging than other’s. The hike to Cap Gaspe, on a trail called “Les Graves” for example requires only a moderate effort and rewards you with spectacular views of ocean meeting land and takes you along a coastline gravel road. Your reward for making this little journey (about 8 kms) is a visit to the lighthouse that’s been here at the tip of Lands End since 1873.
The trek to Mount Saint-Alban however is more strenuous, steeper rise and involves a higher elevation climb that brings you to a viewing platform that commands an amazing view of the tip at Lands End. I haven’t done the Mount-Saint-Alban hike…the day that we planned it the whole mountain was engulfed in fog.
Save these adventures for a sunny day if at all possible, making the trek in cloud, fog or mist will exclude any possibility of seeing the incredible vistas that you would see on a clear day!
Wildlife is abundant here at Forillon, particularly black bear, so please be cautious when you’re out and about. When you’re hiking or walking pathways, even in the campgrounds, make yourself heard, don’t walk softly. Particularly when you’re walking forested trails, make noise so that if there migh be a bear in the immediate area it’ll hear you. The last thing you want to do is to come upon a bear from downwind and startle the animal.
Sea birds are seen here easily also, within the boundaries of the park you’ll have the opportunity to see a variety of sea birds that call the cliff faces and beaches home.
Accommodations within the park are available in the form of B&B, campgrounds, and as well there’s such a thing as a yert, a tent like structure that provides a good alternative shelter to a tent.
Forillon is divided into two sections, a north and a south, and both have fairly large campgrounds where you can either pitch a tent or park your trailer.
Cap-Bon-Ami, Petite Gaspe, and Des-Rosiers are the three main areas where “convenient” camping is available.
I call it “convenient” because you can drive your vehicle right onto the camp site, set up your camp, and walk to a washroom or a water source that’s always in close proximity to your site.
There is also the possibility of “wilderness” camping, where there are no facilities such as showers, running water, or indoor toilets.
If there’s ANY advice that I can offer to you….RESERVE a place to stay, the campgrounds only allocate a certain number of sites that are “first come first served’ and most sites are RESERVED.
All of these campground locations have good access to hiking trails or roadways that will take you to the start of the hiking trail that you wish to use.
Pricing to access the park is dependent on how you will use it.
For sure even if you are not camping there will be a day use charge to you and that’s payable at either of the entrance gates that you use to access the Park. You will be given an identifier that you hang from your vehicle mirror and that entitles you to access any of the park’s activities that you want to see or do.
To best determine WHAT pricing rate applies to you please consult the link that follows.
Address: Gaspe Peninsula,Quebec,Canada.
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