Free Visit To Any One Of Québec’s 24 Na­tional Parks

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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.

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