Forillon National Park is located on the northeast side of Canada as part of the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec. The park covers an area of 94 square miles (244 sq km).
The Gaspe Peninsula is a long finger-like peninsula in norther Quebec that follows along the southern shoreline of the St. Lawrence River.
The park habitats vary, however, their ecosystems include forests, salt marshes, sand dunes, steep cliffs, and astounding ocean coastlines. The varied habitats provide shelter and sustainability for a variety of wildlife. Wildlife is one of the key facets of the national park.
The coastal species including a variety of sea birds along with seals who will be found on the shoreline. A variety of whales can be found in the waters off the coast.
The forests, marshes, and dune vegetation give way to a variety of mammalian species. Some of the more popular species include beaver, black bear, coyote, ermine, fox, lynx, mink, moose, porcupine, and woodchuck.
There are several predator bird species that are highlighted for many of the birdwatchers. Some of these include bald eagle, great horned owl, peregrine falcon, rough-legged hawk, and osprey.
The park also provides cultural and historical significance with the inclusion of the Fort Peninsula, which was a fortification built by the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. Aspects of the structure can be viewed and explored.
The dramatic coastline, dense forests, and varied terrain is part of the wilderness highlight of the park. Many people turn to wildlife as their source of inspiration from the park.
Cap Gaspe is a striking headland coastline located on the eastern finger of the Gaspe Peninsula. It provides stunning panoramic views of the waterways as well as Cap Bon-Ami.
Cap Bon-Ami is almost more captivating that Cap Gaspe. The view of Cap Bon-Ami from Cap Gaspe is magnificent. The cliffs of Bon-Ami are near vertical and present dramatic coastline landscapes. You can hike out to atop of it looking back at Cap Gaspe or switch the hikes and view from afar.
Trails of Forillon National Park
Forillon has a variety of hikes ranging from shorter to longer and from easy to moderate. These are great ways to experience nature and capture the captivating views of the remarkable coastlines.
La Chute Trail: This is an easy and short loop trail of 0.8-miles (1.29 km) which is one of the most popular trails. It provides views of a number of different waterfalls while meandering through the forest and along the creek. This trail is quite tranquil and serene.
Les Parages Trail: This is another easy short loop trail covering a distance of 2-miles (3.22 km) while having an elevation gain of 406 feet (123.7 m). The trail provides excellent views of the coastline while escaping along the forested trail.
Cap Gaspe Trail: This is a moderate rated trail that ascends 1,243 feet (378.86 m) while traveling 5 miles (8.05 km) out to Cap Gaspe point. The trail provides impressive views of the coastline and of Cap Bon-Ami across the way. This is one of the most popular trails.
Cap Bon-Ami Trail: A second moderate rated trail out to Cap Bon Ami point. The elevation gain is 928 feet (282.8 m) over a distance of 2.8 miles (4.51 km). This hike offers views of the coastline, the forests, and views of Cap Gaspe. This is also one of the more popular trails.
Summit Mount Alban Trail: this is a moderate rated ascent of 1,492 feet (454.76 m) to the summit of Mount Alban. The loop trail circles around the summit covering 5.1 miles (8.21 km). It is a challenging trek with astounding views of the remarkable coastline that features Cap Gaspe and Cap Bon-Ami.
- Cap Gaspe
- Cap Bon-Ami
- Varying waterfalls
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