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Forillon National Park is a Great Quebec Camping Destination!
Forillon National Park was established in 1970 and covers about 150 square miles of land. The park is located on the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. Forests, sand dunes, salt marshes, coastlines, cliffs and mountains can all be found within the small park. Although about 95% of the park is covered in forest, the plant life within the park is extremely diverse with almost 700 plant species. Moose, deer, black bears and more than 225 species of bird live within the park. Many sea mammals, including whales, dolphins, seals and more can be seen from land. Summer activities include camping, hiking, swimming, boating, scuba diving, wildlife viewing and horseback riding. Winter activities include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and dogsledding! With so much to see and do,
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Forillon National Park is open year round and there is a fee to enter the park. It costs US$6.60 for adults, $5.65 for seniors, $3.30 for children, and $16.65 for families. Summer in the park is nice and warm. June and July are the best whale watching months. However, biting insects are most active during the summer, but relief from the bugs can be found closer to the coast. Fall is a terrific time to visit the park. The weather is cool and sunny and the fall foliage is beautiful .The park is also less crowded than during the summer months and the biting bugs that plague summer have mostly died off. Winter brings snow, making it a great time for winter camping, skiing, and other terrific winter activities. Spring is an excellent time for bird watchers as migratory birds are incredibly abundant. Each season has its own wonderful activities and sights to offer, making Forillon National Park a great year round Quebec camping destination!
While you can enjoy the park from the comfort of your car, it is best explored on foot. There are many hiking trails throughout the park. Some take you through deep forests, others wind along the coast. Some take you past waterfalls and creeks, while others allow you to explore the dunes of the park. Wildlife can be viewed while out hiking, so always watch out for the creatures that call the park home, as well as the ones who live off shore. Sea kayaking allows you to see the park’s nautical side up close and personal. The Point-au-Pere Lighthouse is a beautiful historic site that looks out over the sea. An adjacent fog horn building and museum offering nautical history. Winter ski trails offer more than 25 miles of maintained skiing trails. Most trails offer an added bonus of shelters equipped with wood stoves, picnic areas and dry restrooms. Forillon National Park truly does have something to offer everyone, making it a terrific Quebec camping destination!
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