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A group of Scouts participate in a camporee at the Cap-des-Rosiers Campground in the 1980s. At the time, camping options included tents, trailers and tent-trailers. Photo: Clément Thibault and Liane Coolidge-Thibault, Musée de la Gaspésie

Camping in Gaspésie since the 1970s

The Cap-Bon-Ami, Des-Rosiers and Petit-Gaspé campgrounds were established in Forillon National Park in the 1970s. Nearly 50 years later, you can immerse yourself in nature and breathe in fresh sea air as you spend the night in one of the many campgrounds or unusual accommodation sites on offer throughout Gaspésie.

Early days of camping

Wealthy American travellers in search of adventure were the first to come to camp for fun in the regions of Québec. Later, during the postwar economic boom and with the advent of paid vacation time, middle-class citizens began leaving the city to stay in campgrounds.

As camping became increasingly popular, Camping Québec, the province’s camping association, was founded in 1962. Its goal at the time was “for the Province of Quebec to catch up and take steps to keep camping enthusiasts here and attract the 7 million Americans who are devoted to the great outdoors.”1

At Forillon National Park, the Cap-Bon-Ami, Des-Rosiers and Petit-Gaspé campgrounds were established in the 1970s. Major promotional campaigns carried out from 1987 to 1989 led to a sharp increase in campsite demand. The first campsite reservation system was set up in Forillon in 1990.

A family picnics in front of an oTENTik tent in Forillon National Park. Photo : Roger St-Laurent

Camping today: An increasingly popular outdoor activity

While Camping Québec had about 60 members when it was first established in the early 1960s, it has now grown to over 720. In addition, Gaspésie is now home to many campgrounds, located along the coast and in wooded areas. All are found in nature and offer a variety of accommodation options, from rustic campsites to trailer, tent-trailer and RV sites as well as “ready-to-camp” (glamping) options with equipment provided. “Ready-to-camp” units are available in parc de la Gaspésie and Forillon National Park as well as at camping Baie-de-Percé, the Bioparc de la Gaspésie (Bonaventure), Cime Aventures (Bonaventure) and Griffon Aventure (L’Anse-au-Griffon). Unusual accommodations are also available throughout the region.

Some of the more unusual lodging experiences on offer in Gaspésie include spending the night in a prospector’s tent at the Bioparc de la Gaspésie during the “Overnight with the Wolves” activity, sleeping on the beach in a tent at Sea Shack (Sainte-Anne-des-Monts), or renting an ecolodge, teepee or yurt on the banks of the Bonaventure River at Cime Aventure (Bonaventure).

In Forillon, camping facilities have multiplied over the years. Today, the Cap-Bon-Ami Campground offers 38 campsites without electricity (for tents only). The Des-Rosiers Campground offers 146 campsites as well as 8 ready-to-camp basic oTENTik tents and a micrOcube, which can accommodate two people. This glamping unit features a contemporary design, timber frame and panoramic window. The Petit-Gaspé Campground offers 167 sites as well as 7 equipped oTENTik tents.

To be in the loop and find out more about camping and unusual accommodation options in Gaspésie, visit and plan your trip today! #gaspesie

1About Us, Camping Québec
– Camping Québec :
– Émilie Devoe, Cultural Resource Management Advisor, Forillon National Park
Camping, le syndrome de l’escargot, Le Devoir (, February 26, 2011

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