Top 5 – Sites to Explore Geological Traces of the Past
Discover these 5 fascinating sites in Gaspésie where rocky formations, cliffs and the subsoil bear witness to the past.
Mount Lyall agate mine, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts
Become a prospector for a few hours at the Mount Lyall agate mine and then take your treasures home with you! Located on the site of an ancient volcano that is 350 million years old are two open-pit mines where you can find magnificent geodes of all sizes. Once cut open, the stones present cavities lined with minerals and crystals such as agate, jasper, carnelian and various types of quartz in a multitude of colours (amethyst, citrine, rose quartz, smoky quartz, black quartz, etc.). All the equipment you need is provided as is a brief training. Your stones can also be cut on site.
Forillon National Park, Gaspé
It has been said that Forillon is “the perfect place to learn how to interpret landscapes.” Covering the northeastern tip of the Appalachians in North America, this small territory is made up of a dozen geological formations. Along the coast, you can observe how the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence have been transformed by the action of the sea, resulting in coves, caves, high cliffs and coastal platforms. Shaped by natural erosion, the landscapes of Forillon are incredibly beautiful… Discover them via several hiking trails, including some that are part of the International Appalachian Trail.
Geosites of Percé UNESCO Global Geopark
Providing free access to a network of 18 km of hiking trails, the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark also gives you the opportunity to discover 23 geosites. From a magical forest to a cave via a crevasse and the surveyors’ trail (Sentier des arpenteurs), you can see Percé from another angle while observing interesting geological phenomena. Most trails are intermediate and offer benches and lookouts where you can stop to admire the surrounding landscape. You can also participate in two different hikes with an accredited guide to learn more about the history and geology of this area. Don’t miss the Tektonik indoor multimedia exhibit, a fun geological adventure!
Seigneurie in Parc du Bourg de Pabos, Chandler (Pabos Mills)
Located in an exceptional maritime environment, Parc du Bourg de Pabos gives you the opportunity to discover 250 years of history in the Seigneury of Grand-Pabos. The Pierre Nadon Space presents the methodology and digging techniques used by the archaeologist in his search for vestiges of the past, while the archaeology trail allows you to discover 18th-century buildings that reflect the way of life of the fishermen of the time. Visit the interpretation centre to learn all about the cod-fishing industry and this popular fish. Finally, participate in the Animarchéo activity, during which you will take part in a 30-minute simulated archeological dig led by a qualified guide.
Parc national de Miguasha, Nouvelle
The fish and plant fossils found in Parc national de Miguasha reveal the origins of the first terrestrial vertebrates some 380 million years ago. Miguasha’s fossil-rich cliff, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the best place in the world to discover fish fossils from the Devonian period, in an entertaining, dynamic and scientific way. You will be delighted by the park’s wide variety of family activities. On the agenda: visit of the fossil-rich site, exhibits, hike, puppet theatre and treasure hunt.
Would you like to explore traces of the past in Gaspésie at these fascinating sites? Visit tourisme-gaspesie.com to plan your trip!