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Mission of the organization

La Corporation du Parc de Gros-Cap is a social economy enterprise (NPO). The Corporation maintains, enhances and operates the natural site of Gros-Cap with the goal of offering to both locals and visitors a unique vacation spot including a great campground, dynamic accommodations, exciting adventures at sea and in the outdoors, a relaxing atmosphere, as well as stirring historical testimonies.

Background

The township name of Gros-Cap comes from this gorgeous peninsula with massive cliffs that stretches out into the sea, which is rightly called Le Gros-Cap (meaning “the big cliff”).

Local families have been coming here for years to have a good time at camp or at the beach. Depending on the time of year, you can spot fishermen on the hunt for lobsters, scallops, mackerels or many other fish/crustaceans, as well as kayaks, trimarans and SUPs exploring down below.

On top of being a prime spot for both fishing and recreational activities, Le Parc de Gros-Cap once served as a marine biology research centre. In fact, a laboratory was built in the early 1950s. Located on the edge of the cliff, it hosted a research team led by Mr. Paul Montreuil.

The scientists studied marine species such as lobsters, seals, scallops and many others that were still unknown back then.

The laboratory consisted of five main components:

  • A laboratory: where the majority of the station’s activities were held;
  • A water tower: equipped with a pumping system to fill both the pool and tanks with salt water;
  • A pool for seals: big enough to be the home of four seals for observation purposes;
  • A Shed: used as a workshop to repair all kinds of fishing gear;
  • Le Mécatina : a 57-foot-long research vessel for experimental fishing which was also used to gather biological material, label samples and more.

Between 1950 and 1969, Gros-Cap’s marine biology station was instrumental in the fishery modernization for both the Islands and the province of Québec. In 1969, the laboratory was shut down.

Upon the closure of the station, the provincial government built a campground which opened for business in 1972. In 1984, the campground and its buildings were donated to the 18-30 ans inc. organization, which ran the site for 10 years before stopping any and all activities in 1994. A year later, in 1995, the land went on sale for the value of its unpaid municipal taxes.

Back then, a citizens’ committee decided to take over the land by creating a non-profit corporation (NPO). The Township Festivities were the very first fundraising and public engagement activity that helped shape this project—and it was a real success! The process allowed for the official launch of La Corporation du Parc de Gros-Cap in 1996. It is worth noting that the Township Festivities are now a yearly gathering held during the Labour Day weekend.

Our Team

Frédéric Côté

Director General.
The solution master!

Laurence Bénard

Development Agent.
The girl with a million hats!

Véronique Chevrier

Bookkeeper.
She ensures the well-being of our finances.

Linda Gaudet

Head Receptionist.
She is the backbone of the Parc’s welcoming services.

Sam Arseneau

Receptionist.
He will welcome you with a big bright smile!

Élizabeth Martinet

Receptionist
The younger generation at your service.

Édouard Hubert

Assistant Receptionist
He is taking his very first steps in the tourism world!

Éric Bouillé

Biology Guide.
From the north shore of the Islands…

Guillaume Lachapelle

Kayak Guide.
A wannabe Madelinot!

Patrick Couture

Comic Guide!
Made in Gaspé.

Capucine Auclair

Sailing Guide.
Imported from Portugal!

Lorraine Lapierre

Housekeeper.
A Gros-Cap native.

Laurent Duclos

Handyman.
He put his heart into the maintenance of the premises.

Nicolas Malo

Young handyman!

Donald Doucet

Head of Building Maintenance.

Jean-Claude Décoste

The watchman of the park.

Our Board of Directors

Julien Verdier

President.

Louis-Philippe Leblanc

Vice-president.

Didier Leblanc

Treasurer.

Sophie Langford

Secretary.

Marika Miousse

Administrator.

Olivier Leblanc

Administrator.

Yves Arseneau

Administrator.

Our jobs

You want to experience the Islands while being part of a dynamic team? You are passionate about the tourism world and in love with the outdoors?

Send us your resume and ask about the openings for the summer!

direction@parcdegroscap.ca
1 800 986-4505
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