Forillon National Park offers visitors a multitude of outdoor activities to choose from: hiking, interpretive activities, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), swimming at the beach or in the outdoor pool, tennis, cycling, scuba diving, whale-watching cruises, picnics and playgrounds for the whole family!
The park offers tent and RV campsites, including some with electricity and/or water, as well as backcountry wilderness sites and “ready-to-camp” (glamping) options.
An interpretive program proposes activities during which you can discover the park’s natural and historical heritage while having fun. Visit the Information and Discovery Centre to explore the permanent exhibition and watch the movie A Gem at Land’s End, which presents the park’s main themes.
Forillon is a mountainous peninsula bordered by the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Gaspé Bay. Its boreal forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife species that are relatively easy to observe. Thousands of seabirds find shelter in Forillon’s steep cliffs, while seal colonies claim its shores. The scenery is stunning, and the rocks reveal part of Earth’s fascinating history.
Humans have inhabited and frequented this territory for thousands of years. A visit to the Hyman & Sons General Store, Blanchette House and Dolbel-Roberts House will take you back in time to relive some of the area’s rich human history.
The park is in operation from late May to mid-October; however, it remains accessible year-round. The Centre Culturel Le Griffon and Griffon Aventure offers activities in the park in the winter.
Varies depending on the season and the site; visit the following page for more information: parks.canada.ca/pn-np/qc/forillon/visit/heures-hours
Visit our website for more information (parks.canada.ca/pn-np/qc/forillon/visit/tarifs-fees). Note that park admission is free for anyone under 18.
Required for camping and highly recommended during the summer
Managed by Parks Canada, Forillon National Park protects and showcases some of the region’s unique natural and cultural heritage. The park offers visitors recreational activities while preserving the ecological integrity of this area.
Up to seven species of whales can be observed in the waters off Forillon. Set off to encounter them with an interpreter guide aboard a sightseeing boat with Croisières Baie de Gaspé. You can also observe whales from the park’s coastal trails.
The many pleasures of hiking are undeniable: fresh air, spectacular views, the sounds of nature… Several trails offer unique views of the forest, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Gaspé Bay.
Cycle the secondary roads of Forillon National Park and discover awe-inspiring landscapes. Feel the salty air on your skin, breathe in the scents of the wildflowers and admire the sea and mountains. Bicycles are available for rent from Cap Aventure.
Glide on the water in a sea kayak accompanied by a Cap Aventure guide! As you paddle in an enchanting setting, admire local wildlife, including seabirds and seals.
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
Fans of snorkelling and scuba diving can discover the amazing underwater world off the coast of Forillon. The Penouille and Petit-Gaspé beaches are great places to observe a wide variety of marine organisms.
Seen from the sea, Forillon offers breathtaking scenery! Whether by kayak with Cap Aventure or in a sightseeing boat with Croisières Baie de Gaspé or Croisières Forillon, you will be awed by the beauty of the coast and marine wildlife.
Because the park protects so many different natural habitats, Forillon is home to many animal species, several of which are easy to observe: razorbills, great black-backed gulls, harbour seals, blue whales, dolphins, black bears, porcupines and more!
Discover the former fishing village in Grande-Grave where you can visit a fisherman farmer’s house, the general store, the fishing harbour and more. Be sure to also explore Fort Peninsula, a World War II shore battery.
Forillon National Park offers several opportunities to discover the area’s maritime heritage. You can fish on the Grande-Grave wharf, hike to the Cape Gaspé Lighthouse, visit historic buildings and discover exhibitions on life in local communities centred around the sea.
Seabirds give Forillon National Park a definite maritime feel. Every year, many species migrate to the park in the spring, attracted by suitable breeding sites and an abundance of food.
Pets allowed on leashes only
Restaurant or snack bar
Other: guided shuttle bus, sale and rentals of beach accessories
How to get there
Via Route 132, north of the village of Gaspé. The park is at the northeastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, 700 km (430 mi.) from Québec City and 350 km (220 mi.) from the New Brunswick border.
Affiliations and distinctions
- Parks Canada network
- Tourisme Gaspésie
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