Parks Canada

Parks Canada

December 17, 2012 09:30 ET

Over 4,400 Passes Distributed to Expropriated Forillon Families

Positive results for Parks Canada's Program

GASPÉ, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2012) - The Pass Program intended for owners who were expropriated at the time of the creation of Forillon National Park of Canada and for their descendants has been a great success. Since the spring of 2011, over 4,400 passes have been distributed to members of expropriated families to allow them to reconnect with their roots by visiting for free the areas that are of particular importance to them and by participating in commemorative events organized or supported by Parks Canada.

"Issuing the passes makes it possible for hundreds of expropriated persons to reconnect with the Park and to participate in many activities that are being offered, which benefits everyone," says Mr. Stéphane Marchand, Superintendent of Forillon National Park. Between May and October 2012, the number of entries associated with the pass exceeded 9,000, which means that, on average, pass holders have accessed the park more than twice during that period. Among the families holding passes and having taken advantage of this access right, more than 2,000 are from the Gaspé region.

"The positive reaction to the requests for implementation of a pass program will significantly help the reconciliation process that began in 2006," said Mrs. Marie-Laure Rochefort, President of the Association of Persons Expropriated from Forillon and their Descendants.

Parks Canada is carrying on its commemorative work with the expropriated owners. Following the success of the exhibit entitled "Gaspesians from Land's End," launched in 2010, the Forillon National Park team will complete by 2014 an ambitious project involving new signage. Six commemorative landmarks will be installed within the Park's limits to witness the presence of the last inhabitants, so that their memory lives on.

The first Quebec park in Parks Canada's network, Forillon National Park was created in 1970 and covers an area of almost 245 square kilometres. A major tourist attraction and an important economic generator in the Gaspé Peninsula, Forillon employs 135 people during the peak season and has invested $14 million in various projects since 2008, including some improvements to the visitor's experience.

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