Free Visit To Any One Of Québec’s 24 National Parks
Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) are proud to invite all members of the general public to celebrate Québec National Parks Day on September 12. For the occasion, all 24 national parks will open their doors to Quebecers free of charge. This will be an opportunity for one and all to discover the array of riches that the national park network has to offer.
national parks of the Parcs Québec network feature 6,990 km2 of protected territory, 200 hiking trails, over 400 discovery activities, 150 cabins, 4,000 campsites, and much more.
“Québec National Parks Day is an ideal occasion for each and every citizen to discover or re-discover the facilities managed by Sépaq. As well as helping to boost the economic development of our regions, the national parks provide an amazing window upon Québec’s natural wealth. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the Québec national park of your choice,” says Minister Lessard.
Parcs Québec network is like a large family to be visited in all four corners of Québec. Each national park has its very own special features, while all of them share a fundamental conservation mission. John Mackay, Sépaq’s president and CEO, points out that “Québec’s national parks are also user-friendly spaces for outdoor activity enthusiasts. Many people, especially our youth, are suffering from a “nature deficit” and the promotion and development of our national parks can provide welcome relief.”
Forthe thirteenth year in a row, thousands of people will take to the country roads to celebrate Quebec agriculture, from 10:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon, this Sunday, September 13th, for the Portes Ouvertes sur les fermes du Quebec.
Having become over the years the biggest showcase for Quebec farmers, the event features free guided tours of farms all around Quebec. Visits to farm installations, product tastings, demonstrations, animations, games and more are all part of the fun and will take place rain or shine. In case of rainy weather, large tents will be set up at many of the farms and visitors can also take shelter in the farm buildings.
Over one hundred farms will open their doors, including ten in the Estrie region. “It is a golden opportunity to learn more about the exceptional know-how of our agricultural producers,” commented the event’s spokesperson for the fourth year in a row, Marie-Eve Janvier, a well-known singer and the host of the television show L’Amour est dans le pré.
“We are very anxious to meet our fellow citizens on the grounds of the ten participating farms in the Estrie. To talk with the people is a renewed pleasure every year. Many of us seize this occasion to debunk many myths and to show that we practice the best profession in the world,” said Francois Bourassa, a dairy and maple producer in Valcourt and the president of the Federation de l’UPA de l’Estrie.
1999, the government gave Sépaq the mandate to manage Québec’s national parks network in order that its parks might be compared to those of other major networks elsewhere in the world as regards both conservation and the experience of discovery and of the great outdoors. Each time that a park is created, we, as a society, choose to protect this heritage so that future generations can benefit from it as well. Sépaq manages the 24 national parks of the Parcs Québec network south of the 50th parallel.