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: the Age of Fishes… Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Miguasha is a fossil-rich site 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 permanent exhibit, From Water to Land, presents some of the most beautiful fossil specimens found in Québec, which bear witness to life on early hundreds of millions of years ago. The Elpistostege: The Origins of a Quest exhibit will introduce you to the only fully intact 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. Find out more about why this fossil, nicknamed Elpi, is of paramount importance in evolutionary biology. The exhibit includes an impressive multimedia presentation. Guided tours of the exhibit room and the cliff are offered from June 3 to October 6; during this period, the park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In May and October, you can discover the park on your own on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After your visit to the museum, wander along the “Evolution of Life” trail that runs along the fossil-rich cliff and offers exceptional views of the Restigouche Estuary. This 3.5-km (2-mi.) loop trail includes information panels that recount the evolution of life on earth. In July and August, enjoy a puppet show that is sure to captivate visitors of all ages. Interpretive activities are also offered, in French only (see website for details).

Back at the museum, 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. Some 30 artists and artisans sell their beautiful creations here. The shop is open from April 29 to October 25 during park opening hours.

Finally, why not stop for a bite to eat at Le Dévonien lunch counter. On the menu: delicious lobster, crab, smoked salmon and shrimp sandwiches, made with local seafood. Salads, soups, desserts and beverages are also available. Take advantage of the patio with a magnificent view. The lunch counter is open from mid-June to early September.


Opening dates

The exhibits and park services are open from April 29 to October 25. Administrative offices and the research centre are open year-round.


Schedule

April 29 to June 5 and October 7 to 25: Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 6 to October 6: daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

Admission fees for park : $8.60/adult, free for children (under 18). Rates valid until December 31, 2019. Admission fees for museum. Group rate for groups of 15+. Network and park passes available.

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
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Parc national de Miguasha contains fossils that illuminate a chapter in the history of life on earth. In the park’s natural history museum, visitors of all ages can delve into this rich history.
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. Information panels along the trail recount the evolution of life on earth.
Museums
Interactive and accessible, the unique popular science exhibits at Parc national de Miguasha welcome visitors of all ages who want to discover the fascinating world of fossils and paleontology.
Interpretation Sites
The Miguasha fossil site is world-renowned. From June 3 to October 6, guided tours of the exhibit and cliff are a well-established tradition. The Miguasha experience also includes puppet shows and a sandbox.
Regional Flavours
Savour a bite to eat at great prices at the Le Dévonien lunch counter. On the menu: lobster, crab, smoked salmon and shrimp sandwiches, made on site with local ingredients.


Services

  • Picnic area
  • No pets allowed
  • Boutique
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • 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
  • Tourisme Baie-des-Chaleurs

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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