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.
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.