Battle of the Ristigouche, National Historic Site of Canada
Through the presentation of numerous remnants from underwater archaeological excavations made on the wreck of the French pirate frigate The Machault, the interpretation centre commemorates the last naval battle between France and England for possession of the New France in 1760. Acadian refugees from la Petite Rochelle and Micmacs from Listuguj supported this relief expedition by shooting at the English Royal Navy squadron. A set recreates the interior of this ship and a film relates the events of the naval confrontation. Animators in costume from July to August depending on staff availability.
Schedule: early June to October 12th, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., reservations required after these dates.
Average length of Visit: 60 minutes.
Admission: applicable rates. Reservations recommended for groups.
Oratoire Notre-Dame-du-Mont-St-Joseph, Carleton-sur-Mer
What could be more intriguing than an oratory high up on a mountain? The Oratoire Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Saint-Joseph dominates the 555 metres of the Mont Saint-Joseph since 1935. By taking a guided tour, discover the magnificent mosaics, stained glass windows and numerous marble pieces. Outside, take advantage of the rest area, the footbridge and its viewpoints which offer an impressive view of the Bay landscape. Access to Carleton-Maria hiking trails. Various interpretation activities, exhibits, souvenir shop.
Schedule: daily, mid-June to early September from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from September to October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Average length of Visit: 1.5 hours.
Centre d’interprétation sur l’historique du chemin Kempt, Restigouche-Partie-Sud-Est
The interpretation centre relates the history of the first road linking the Bay and the Acadie to the rest of Canada. Our Gaspesian ancestors travelled on this only access road as early as the beginning of the 19th century.
Located in the former St-John United Church of Canada, the interpretation centre features old and authentic archives: manuscripts, maps, photographs and other historic documents. You will also find an art gallery, a handicraft shop with artworks made by local painters and artisans as well as a collection of antique objects and furniture.
Three kilometres from Route 132, from the parking lot, two hiking trails incite your senses to benefit from nature. The waterfalls trail follows a ravine, then passes over the stream with its small wooden bridges. Cascades and torrents are present all the way to the waterfalls. The bird-watching trail goes through flowery fields and undergrowth. Its picnic area offers an amazing view of the Kempt River.
Schedule: June 28th to September 7th, daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Free Admission. Guided tour available.
Parc national de Miguasha, Nouvelle
Miguasha Park conserves a fossil rich cliff with a worldwide reputation since its discovery in the 1800s. The fossilized fish and plants are proof of an environment that existed some 380 million years ago. Remarkably preserved, the Miguasha fish fossils help us to understand the passage of vertebrates from aquatic to terrestrial life. Member of the Québec Park Network, Miguasha Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized as an exceptional natural site.
A tour of the Musée d'histoire naturelle allows you to enjoy a captivating scientific experience in the universe of fossils. Guided tour available from June 1st to October 13th. Self guided tour during the rest of the year. Activities and services: Plongée aux origines (Journey deep into the origins) at the amphitheatre, Les sciences de la mer (Marine sciences) in the temporary exhibit hall, Le Dévonien restaurant, and L’Échoppe boutique. Picnic areas. Two-kilometre trail (the trail and cliff are not accessible to people with reduced mobility). A happy mix of science and nature for visitors of all ages.
Schedule: daily, June 1st to October 12th, daily. From June 1st to July 11th and August 23rd to October 12th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From July 12th to August 22nd from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The remainder of the year, open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on statutory holidays.
Average length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Reservations mandatory for groups.
Admission: admission fees for the park and the Musée d’histoire naturelle. Reduced rates for groups, youth and families. Free admission for children under 6 years old and for some youths groups. Annual pass for the park or for the network.