Parks Canada

Parks Canada

October 13, 2009 15:06 ET

Mother Nature and the Local Community Together for the Festival of Gaspe Colours at Forillon National Park of Canada

GASPE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2009) - Amidst the site's array of autumnal colours, the Forillon National Park of Canada staff welcomed the local community for the activity Colours and Traditions, on this past September 26 and 27. Presented for the 475th anniversary of Jacques Cartier's arrival in Gaspe, this activity brought together more than 450 people to celebrate the beauty of Forillon.

On the first day of the festival, visitors embarked on activities highlighting the natural aspects of the park. Guided by the interpretive staff, the participants enjoyed the exceptional autumn climate of the great outdoors while getting to know the different facets of the park. On the schedule were L'hiver, ca se prepare! and The Beaver's Turf, a hike on Mont Saint-Alban, and a workshop on building star identifiers and star-gazing. Young and old alike had the opportunity to discover and appreciate the autumn splendour of this magnificent park.

The highlight of the second day was Folklore et legendes...d'automne, which was brought to life by the park's team of historical interpreters accompanied by well-known musicians of the region, Jeannot Preston, Bruce O'Connor, Steve Boulay and Mathieu Fournier. Through songs, anecdotes and legends, the participants discovered the seasonal activities of their grandparents, including food canning, storage for winter, and slaughter of livestock.

Parks Canada thanks the community for their participation, as well as its employees, who contributed to the success of the occasion. After such an encouraging response, the park management plans to organize similar events.

National Parks are a country-wide system of representative natural areas of Canadian significance. By law, they are protected for public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment, while being maintained in an unimpaired state for future generations.

Contact Information

  • Forillon National Park of Canada
    Stephane Marchand
    Manager, Gaspesie Field Unit