Parks Canada

Parks Canada

July 17, 2008 09:58 ET

100 000 People Have Already Visited the Saint-Louis Forts and Chateaux Site

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 17, 2008) - Parks Canada welcomed its 100 000th visitor, eight-month-old Sophie Vachon, to the Saint-Louis Forts and Chateaux National Historic Site of Canada. She was accompanied by her parents, Mr. Luc Vachon, who is originally from Charlesbourg, and Ms. Jennifer McCurdy-Vachon, who grew up in Nova Scotia.

To mark the event, Mr. Hugues Michaud, Director of the Quebec Field Unit, gave the Vachons a family pass to Parks Canada sites in the Quebec region, as well as the book "Military History of Quebec City, 1608 - 2008", which was recently published for the 400th anniversary of Quebec's founding. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, a Parks Canada partner, also offered the Ottawa family a brunch for two adults and two children. The prize was handed out by Mr. Robert Mercure, General Manager of the hotel.

The Saint-Louis Forts and Chateaux National Historic Site opened to the public last May 24. Until mid-October, guides will play various characters who marked the city's history, such as Frontenac, Chaussegros de Lery, and Lady Aylmer. Every day, the experienced interpretation team has attracted the attention of thousands from all over.

The outdoor layout of the site gives visitors a unique experience. They can walk on the authentic stone paving of the original cellars built under each consecutive Saint-Louis chateau, learn by reading the texts and seeing the illustrations describing the forts and chateaux, and listen to the vibrant speeches of famous people who shaped history. Now there's a recipe for success!

From 1620 to 1834, the Saint-Louis forts and chateaux site was the seat of political power and the official residence of most French and British governors. Many decisions that influenced the development and history of North America were made atop Cap Diamant.

Parks Canada is proud to welcome visitors free of charge every day until October 12, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

A picture is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Photo_Parks.JPG

Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under What's New.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Quebec Field Unit
    Hugues Michaud
    Director
    418-648-4168
    or
    Parks Canada
    Quebec Field Unit
    Odette Allaire
    Manager
    Communications and Marketing
    418-648-3844