Parc national de Miguasha

231 route Miguasha Ouest, c.p. 183
Nouvelle (Quebec) Canada
G0C 2E0
Phone:
+418-794-2475
Fax:
+418-794-2033
Email:
parc.miguasha@sepaq.com

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Miguasha: When fish ruled the world…

Included on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, the Miguasha fossil site is renowned worldwide for its unusually well-preserved fossils. The park will fascinate visitors of all ages who can journey through time to discover plant and fish fossils dating from the Devonian Period, some 380 million years ago.

The park’s permanent exhibition, From Water to Land, presents some of the most beautiful fossil specimens found in Québec, which bear witness to life on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago. The Elpistostege: The Origins of a Quest exhibition will introduce you to the only complete specimen of Elpistostege watsoni ever found in the world. Preliminary research on this fish fossil suggests that it could be the closest relative to tetrapods, vertebrates with legs. The exhibition includes an impressive multimedia presentation that will help you understand why this fossil, nicknamed Elpi, is of paramount importance in evolutionary biology. During the “In the Eyes of a Geologist” activity, you will find answers to all your questions about geology, fossil formation and fossil digs at the foot of the cliff. The park is open daily from May 30 to October 14, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While visiting the park, be sure to stroll along the “Evolution of Life” trail, which runs along the fossil cliff and offers exceptional views of the Restigouche Estuary. This 3.5-km (2-mi.) loop trail includes interpretive panels that recount the evolution of life on Earth. You can also participate as a family in the new Elpi treasure hunt, which gives kids the chance to hunt for fossils in the park. In July and August, enjoy a puppet show that is sure to captivate visitors of all ages.

Be sure to also pop into the L’Échoppe gift shop, where you will find a selection of original items for sale. Clothing, jewellery, books, decorative objects, minerals and fossils make unique gifts or souvenirs. Several local artists and artisans sell their beautiful creations here. The shop is open during park opening hours.


Opening dates

Park and exhibitions: May 30 to October 14; administrative offices and research centre: year-round


Cost

Park access: $9.25/adult; park access + admission to exhibitions: $22.50/adult; free for children (under 18); rates valid until December 31, 2022. Group rate (15+ people), annual park card and Québec national parks card available. You must buy a daily access pass online before visiting a Sépaq park: sepaq.com/parksaccess

Reservations

Required for groups at all times

Payment methods

  • Visa  Visa
  • MasterCard  MasterCard
  • American Express  American Express
  • Interac  Interac
  • Cash  Cash

Activities available

National Parks
Included on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, this park contains fossils that illuminate a chapter in the history of life on Earth. The Miguasha fossil site offers an exceptional experience for the whole family!
Hiking
The “Evolution of Life” loop trail is a 3.5-km (2-mi.) hike through a wooded area with a stunning view of the Restigouche Estuary. Interpretive panels along the trail and a treasure hunt will help you discover the evolution of life on Earth.
Museums
Interactive and accessible, the unique popular science exhibitions at this park welcome visitors of all ages who want to discover the fascinating world of fossils and paleontology.
Interpretation Sites
Miguasha is a world-renowned fossil site. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the exhibition rooms and cliff from June to mid-October. You can also visit the cliff on your own during the same period.


Services

  • Picnic area
  • Pets allowed on leashes only
  • Boutique
  • Conference/meeting room
  • Free parking

How to get there

The park is located on Miguasha Point, at the edge of the municipality of Nouvelle. On Route 132, follow directions to Route de Miguasha, either from Nouvelle or Escuminac.


Affiliations and distinctions

Affiliations

  • Parcs Québec network (Sépaq)
  • Québec Museums Association (SMQ)
  • Tourisme Gaspésie

Distinctions

  • National park since 1985
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999
  • Regional winner of a Québec tourism award in the "Tourism Organization of the Year, Public Sector" category (2004)
  • Certified Quality Tourism Gaspésie

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