Parks Canada

Parks Canada

August 15, 2008 15:13 ET

200 000 People Have Already Visited the Saint-Louis Forts and Chateaux Site

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2008) - Parks Canada welcomed its 200 000th visitor, Manon Fradette, to the Saint-Louis Forts and Chateaux National Historic Site of Canada. The Saguenay native was accompanied by her nephews and niece from Pintendre, Raphael and Camille Labrecque, and Samuel Roy.

To mark the event, Mr. Denis Belleau, Acting Director of the Quebec Field Unit, gave Ms. Fradette a pass to Parks Canada's Grosse Ile and the Irish Memorial site, as well as the book "Military History of Quebec City, 1608 - 2008", which was recently published for the 400th anniversary of Quebec's founding. Ms. Fradette also received a one night's stay with breakfast included at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, a Parks Canada partner. The prize was handed out by Mr. Robert Mercure, General Manager of the hotel.

About fifteen guides make up the Saint-Louis forts and chateaux field team. On rainy days, approximately 1,000 people visit the site. Almost 5000 show up when the sun is shining!

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.

Last July 14, Parks Canada welcomed its 100 000th visitor. Until October 12, 2008, guides will be impersonating various important characters who marked the city of Quebec's history.

Parks Canada is proud to host visitors free of charge every day from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

A photo is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/prk0815.JPG

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada, Quebec Field Unit
    Odette Allaire
    Manager, Communications and Marketing
    418-648-3844