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COVID-19 – Several of the Sépaq parks are gradually reopening, in compliance with public health guidelines. Only hiking, biking and day fishing activities are currently authorized. Service buildings, including washrooms, are not accessible. In addition, park entry fees must be paid online to avoid any contact. Visit the Sépaq website for further guidelines and the schedules for each park.
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Expansion of the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM)
The Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) in Tadoussac is expanding to make room for four new whale skeletons in an exhibition that is already the largest collection of mounted whale skeletons in Canada. The public will soon be able to take a close look at giant skeletons of a fin whale, humpback and right whale as well as an 11,000-year-old beluga fossil!
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Enjoy a VIP whale-watching cruise with Croisières AML
Croisières AML is now offering a distinctive whale-watching experience in their brand-new VIP lounges aboard the AML Grand Fleuve and the AML Levant, which depart from Tadoussac and Rivière-du-Loup. VIP passes includes priority boarding and access to a private glassed-in lounge offering panoramic views of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, one of the best places in the world to observe marine mammals!
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Percé seen from the sky
Starting in the summer of 2021, Hélico Horizon Gaspésie will offer helicopter tours over Percé Rock, Bonaventure Island and the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark at an altitude of about 900 metres (3000 feet): a new way to appreciate the majestic panoramic scenery of Percé and the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula!
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New glamping option offered by Parks Canada in our regions
Forillon National Park and the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve now offer a new glamping experience in their brand-new Ôasis units, which are perfect for a nature getaway. These unusual accommodations in the shape of a water droplet feature a convertible table/bed on the main floor and a suspended hammock loft above.

Vieux Loup de Mer – Chalets Hôteliers gives new life to traditional buildings
With the recent addition of L’Hermite, Vieux Loup de Mer – Chalets Hôteliers now offers 15 unique wooden chalets that maintain the charm and character of traditional Québec buildings. Faithfully reconstructed from original wood and materials dating back to 1875, L’Hermite has been carefully built on the dominant part of a cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence. Over the past 20 years, the company has expanded through the acquisition of old buildings. Le Contrebandier, for example, came from a house that was next to the local grocery store; Le Nordet was an abandoned farmhouse; and Le Navigateur was a commercial warehouse in Rimouski.
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Inspiring initiative at the À l’Abri de la Tempête microbrewery
In operation since 2004, À l’Abri de la Tempête is the only microbrewery in the Îles de la Madeleine. In order to improve customer experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, the owners decided to make the most of their land, which overlooks the sea. Twelve picnic tables, several wind shelters and a shed converted into an outdoor kiosk were set up to facilitate service outside the main building. Their experience in 2020 convinced the owners to maintain these options once the pandemic is over.
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New owners at Auberge du Mange Grenouille
Mélissa Gagné and Mathieu Deschênes have taken over the helm of this inn located in the Le Bic former general store, which was built in 1843. The new owners decided to move back to Bas-Saint-Laurent to continue the mission of this establishment, which has offered 22 charming rooms and a dining room showcasing local ingredients for the past 30 years. The inn is scheduled to reopen on May 8, 2021.
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22nd International Garden Festival: Magic Lies Outside
Inaugurated in 2000 at the Reford Gardens, the International Garden Festival yearly presents over 20 innovative contemporary gardens created by internationally renowned architects and artists. The theme for the 2021 edition is “Magic Lies Outside.” Being outside is one of the few known antidotes to prolonged confinement, so the new gardens will offer a space that creates a visceral connection to the outdoors without the digital technologies that have been so present in our lives since the arrival of COVID-19.
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15th anniversary of the Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs
Built in 2006 at a cost of $3.6 million, the Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs is nestled at an altitude of 615 metres (2020 feet) in the Chic-Choc Mountains. Designed in harmony with the natural environment, the mountain lodge can accommodate up to 36 guests in 18 rooms, thus preserving a sense of privacy. The balconies and large windows offer superb views of bare mountain peaks, the Chute Hélène waterfall and miles of virgin forest. The mountain lodge provides access to a 60-km2 (23-sq.-mi.) playground in the mountains, including two 1000-metre (3300-feet) peaks! Reservations are required, as the lodge is only accessible for pre-booked stays (with a shuttle service from Sainte-Anne-des-Monts).
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5th anniversary of the inauguration of the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark
The Percé UNESCO Global Geopark is an attraction that offers geology buffs, adventure lovers and thrill seekers a unique opportunity to discover 500 million years of Earth’s history. This site is an ideal place to enjoy the exceptional beauty of Percé and discover the secrets of this area. The Geopark was inaugurated in 2016 and officially recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2018.
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New lodging option at the SEBKA riverside park
The SEBKA riverside park will soon offer a new lodging option with the construction of four eco shelters. Located on a mountainside with superb views of the St. Lawrence, these four-season environmentally friendly shelters will feature solar panels and incinerating (compostable) toilets. Two other phases of development are planned to eventually increase the number of eco shelters to 12.
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Chic-Chac: New après-ski experience in the Murdochville church
The team at Chic-Chac, the only backcountry skiing destination of its kind in Eastern North America, has announced a new phase in their development with the acquisition of the Murdochville church. Starting in the winter of 2021, this new Scandinavian-style space will be transformed to create a restaurant-bar seating 160, a 400-seat performance venue, a shop and a space for equipment rentals (and will also be available for private events). With an investment of $1.2 million, Chic-Chac will offer a world-class après-ski and resort experience while showcasing the church’s original architecture. Since its founding in 2009, Chic-Chac has become an important regional economic player, promoting the revitalization and growth of Murdochville, a former mining town.
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Virtual experiences and tours in our regions

Since travelling to the maritime regions of Québec is not possible at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several tourism companies have made virtual tours available online, including the following:

  • A 360° video experience of the Daniel-Johnson Dam, a symbol of Québec genius and the largest multiple-arch-and-buttress dam in the world.
  • A virtual exhibition that will introduce you to Elsie Reford, the creator of the Reford Gardens, through excerpts from her prolific correspondence; these gardens have been recognized as a major attraction in Gaspésie and are now one of the largest gardens in North America.

Major investment in the Reford Gardens
The Reford Gardens team is preparing to mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of the gardens by Elsie Reford in 2026. Construction of the Grand Hall, the first project in a series of major investments, will begin in the spring of 2021 and will consist of transforming an existing building to open the gardens’ backyard to visitors in 2022. The Grand Hall will be a collaborative space dedicated to events, workshops, lectures and spaces for creators and coworking.
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New marine protected area in the St. Lawrence
Good news for marine biodiversity: Banc-des-Américains will become the first marine protected area in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Located off the Gaspésie coast between Forillon National Park and the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark, this area of 1000 km² (390 sq. mi.) will protect and facilitate the recovery of many marine species including whales, which can be observed during sea excursions with Croisières Baie de Gaspé (departing from Forillon National Park).
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