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A new website for the Géoparc de Percé

Pierced, 9 May 2019 - To celebrate the imminent start of the summer tourist season, the UNESCO Global Geopark in Percé is pleased to unveil its brand new website. Convivial, rich in photos and easy to use, the new platform will more adequately meet the hundreds of thousands of users who visit it annually. The website of Camping Baie de Percé, operated by the Geopark, has been integrated into bringing together all activities on the same interface.


Among the new features, the Geopark website presents more structured information to facilitate research on specific topics, while providing answers to frequently asked questions. A new complete section is dedicated to education and another can better grasp what a UNESCO label represents as well as the functioning of the global network of geoparks.

90 geocaches to discover in 2019

We also take the opportunity to announce the addition of a whole new activity at the Geopark. To celebrate 90 years of Tour de la Gaspésie, the UNESCO Global Geopark of Percé embarks on the adventure of geocaching proposing 90 star geocaches on some 260 found on the territory. Another great way to discover Percé otherwise. Details:

The creation of the site was ensured by the team of The Web Zone, a young company from Percé.

Good visit !

For additional information

Marie-Claude Costisella, Communications Manager


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Percé: UNESCO Geopark


Percé, 17 April 2018 - The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Géoparc de Percé are pleased to announce that the latter has just received the prestigious UNESCO Global Geopark label. This label recognizes sites that, like Percé and its magnificent Rock, bear witness to an exceptional geological heritage of international importance. The city of Percé hosts on its territory the first UNESCO World Geopark in Quebec and the third in Canada. The official request for this designation had been filed by the Gaspé organization in 2016.

"We are proud to welcome a new member to our Canadian Network, which already has two UNESCO Global Geoparks, Stonehammer, New Brunswick, and Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia. Spectacular witnesses to the diversity of our natural heritage, Geoparks play a vital role in ensuring the preservation, enhancement and sustainable development of areas of unique geological character. Through their educational mission, the Geoparks ensure an intergenerational transmission of knowledge related to the geological history and heritage of the territory. - Christina Cameron, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

"The organization of the Perce Geopark is honored to receive this designation and to become part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks network. We welcome the news with the desire to share it with the whole community. We want 2018 to further develop the education component, while continuing to promote local sustainable development. - Renaud Camirand, General Manager, Géoparc de Percé.

"It is truly a great honor for Percé to be part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. This prestigious label confirms that the site presents a geological heritage of international interest. I am sure he will make sure that the whole community puts his shoulder to the wheel so that this new status can be proudly displayed. The desire of the Geopark to continue to develop thematic partnerships in the coming years, with different players from Grand Percé, seems very promising for the future. - Cathy Poirier, outgoing president of the Geopark and mayor of Percé.

The UNESCO Global Geopark in Percé is located at the eastern end of the Gaspé Peninsula, in eastern Quebec. Located in the heart of the Appalachians, this great orogenic chain that covers the Atlantic side of the North American continent, Percé witnessed the birth of geology in Canada. It is in this region that Sir William Logan, the first director of the Geological Survey of Canada, began geological mapping of Canada.

The UNESCO Global Geopark of Percé, while committing to protect its territory, wishes to educate and educate visitors about the environment. The territory has a rich historical, geological and cultural heritage: historic buildings, a large network of hiking trails, various sites of geological interest including Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island.

Many artists and artisans actively contribute to the region's reputation and vitality. Located on the traditional territory of the Mi'gmaq people, Percé has witnessed a large part of its history. The Geopark strives to showcase this rich history through its activities and attractions.

The community of Percé is extremely involved in the Geopark, which was born of a local initiative through which local business people have invested in a solidarity cooperative. It is therefore with shared pride and a beautiful vision of the future that the Géoparc de Percé receives the UNESCO Global Geopark label.

About the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is the link between Canadians and the essential work of UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. By promoting UNESCO's values, priorities, and programs in Canada, and by sharing Canadian expertise internationally, the Commission contributes to a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future that leaves no one behind.

About the Perce Geopark Solidarity Cooperative

The Solidarity Cooperative of the Percé Geopark is the manager of the UNESCO Global Geopark in Percé, located at the eastern end of the Gaspé Peninsula, in eastern Quebec, Canada. The cooperative was born from the will of people from the Percé community to make known the exceptional geological quality of the territory. The main attraction, Rocher Percé, is the starting point of a long journey to find out more about 500 million years of Earth's history.

Contact information

Angèle Cyr
Manager, Public Affairs
Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Marie-Claude Costisella
Communications Branch
Geopark of Percé

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New Director-General at the Percé Geopark

Percé, 6 April 2018 - The Percé Geopark is proud to announce the hiring of a new General Manager, who has been appointed to the April 3. Mr. Renaud Camirand takes the reins of the cooperative.
Renaud Camirand worked at the Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels of the south of Gaspésie for about 6 years. He has also been a sales and customer service advisor at Pit Caribou Microbrewery. He has also served as a municipal advisor to the 2014 City of Percé at 2017, and has served on numerous boards.

"I am very happy to have been selected for the post at the general directorate of the Géoparc de Percé. I am pleased to be able to participate in the promotion and development of the tourist capital of Gaspésie. I arrive at the dawn of a season that looks very busy and I am happy to be able to count on the members of the team who already have a strong experience following the 2017 season. I look forward to the return of the entire team and by then we will be actively working on the preparations for the Geopark for the 2018 summer season. "

Phase 2
For the Geopark's Board of Directors, this is an important new asset for the whole team: "We are very proud of the Geopark for the success of the 1 phase of our project, which has quickly become a major attraction in the region. The arrival of Mr. Camirand on the management team will ensure consistent and effective development of the 2 phase, to come in the coming years, "said Danielle Thivierge, President of the Geopark of Percé.

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An affluence that reverses the forecasts


Percé, 3 august 2017 - The Percé Geopark knows a much higher traffic than could have been imagined since the very beginning of the tourist season. For the first 10 days of the construction holiday only, there are 6 times more customers than 2016. The 1er last August, the Geopark had already welcomed more than twice as many visitors as for the whole year 2016.
"We had been confident in our forecasts, since two major attractions (the suspended glass platform and the zip line) were added to the overall offer of the Geopark. But even in our wildest hopes, we would not have imagined such a large traffic, "explains the president of the board of directors of the Geopark, Cathy Poirier.
Measures have been put in place to maintain a quality service for the flow of tourists wishing to take advantage of the attractions of the Geopark: hiring additional staff, extending the opening hours, opening an overflow parking, adding a second shuttle, additional display at the reception and an information booth outside the pavilion.
In this wave of popularity of the Geopark, the team does not neglect any effort to meet the demand. Highlighting the extraordinary work of the Geopark employees, who first and foremost prioritize the safety of all, Ms. Poirier approaches the second half of the season with great optimism: "We are having a memorable season. We sincerely thank the people who visit us and make the success of the Geopark. We understand that some irritants such as wait times can be sometimes uncomfortable for some, but rest assured that we work tirelessly to provide the best possible service to as many people as possible! Concludes the president.

For more information:
Information and interview with Cathy Poirier:
MC Costisella Communications / Marie-Claude Costisella /

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The Geopark of Percé launches its summer season 2017 under the sign of the novelty

The Geopark of Percé launches its summer season 2017 under the sign of the novelty

The Geopark of Percé launches its summer season 2017 under the sign of the novelty

Percé, 23 juin 2017 - The Géoparc of Percé inaugurates the 23 June the 2017 summer season under the sign of the novelty. First, let's emphasize that it's in the evening (at 21h30) that a brand new outdoor multimedia projection, developed during the last year by the Geopark, will be unveiled in collaboration with the Micmac Nation of Gespeg. The designer of Tektonik, XYZ Cultural Technology, realized this magnificent transposition of the Micmac Creation Legend of the world. The free screening entitled "It's 21 hours in Percé" tells the story of Glouskap, the very first Micmac.

"The Micmac Nation of Gespeg, which I proudly represent, is honored to join in the success of this collaborative project that we celebrate together today, which confirms that when Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities join forces, we are able to accomplish great and beautiful things, "said the head of the Gespeg Micmac Nation, Manon Jeannotte.

The evening of 23 June will also be the unveiling of the commemorative plaque of the founding members of the Geopark of Percé. Installed in the reception area of ​​the Experiential Pavilion, it symbolizes the foolproof will of a group of Perce business people who dared to dream of a great unifying project. It is set up prominently so that we can remember that it is thanks to the unwavering support of local businesses and organizations that the cooperative has successfully completed the Geopark project.

In addition, the unveiling of a spectacular work of art on the site of the Experiential Pavilion will allow visitors to (re) discover the artist Ludovic Boney, Lévis. The contemplative aspect of the work entitled "A glitch, an apple, a culture" is against the current of contemporary frenzy. It is part of a reflection where time can be perceived at the rate of nature, that is to say, slow, calm and transcendent.

A new historical interpretation trail is also featured at the Geopark this year. Twelve interpretive panels tell anecdotes and facts that have marked the course of the village's history. For example, we learn that summer 68 in the summer 70, Plume Latraverse played at Percé at Georges and Denise Caron. He frequented with his band of "Bad companions" the bar The fisherman's hold of the Hotel-Motel Manoir Percé. His song "Gaspoésie" was born from this time.

Burst: The shuttle Geopark is in operation as of June 23. It allows the transport of people to the site of the suspended glass platform from 9h to 18h. Towards the end of July, the zip line will also be open to the public: chills guaranteed on 230 meters. On the campsite, a new service building has been installed for more comfort. This building will delight campers 4 seasons. Finally, the Caisse Desjardins du Littoral Gaspésien announced the financial support of 50 000 $.

DATE: 23 JUNE 2016 - from 19h30 to 21h30
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