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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.

Our history

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 2022 Team

Alexis Lemieux

General Manager
The Parc’s main head

Edouard Hubert

Nautical Activities Coordinator

Laurence Bénard

Nautical Activities Coordinator

Véronique Chevrier

She ensures the well-being of our finances

Linda Gaudet

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

Josée Arsenault


Emmanuelle Bélanger


Étienne Prud’homme


Ève-Marie Fournier

Kayaking Guide

Ariane Charest

Kayaking Guide

Robert Harvie

Night Watchman

Germain Chiasson

Building Manager

He puts his heart into the maintenance of the site.

Mario Lebeau


Bertin Miousse


Eloi Aucoin


Joseph Arseneau


Lorraine Lapierre

A Gros-Cap girl

Marie-Claude Brière


Pierre Arseneau


Sylvie Solomon


Camille Poirier


Sylvie Vigeant


Our Board of Directors

Julien Verdier


Didier Leblanc


Sophie Langford


Louis-Charles Vigneau


Marika Miousse


Olivier Leblanc


Yves Arseneau


Évangeline Leblanc



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!

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1 800 986-4505