Province/Territory: Quebec

Meet a "rock star" - Prince of Miguasha

  • 20 species of fossilized vertebrates
  • 02 kilometres of red rock cliffs
  • 1.360-million-year-old fish

Meet royalty at a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. The limb-like fins of the perfect-preserved “Prince of Miguasha” fish fossil mark a pivotal moment in Darwin's theory of evolution: when a fish learned to walk. Follow a naturalist to the cliff-top and imagine this beach-lined coast in “The Age of Fishes,” when the ocean teemed with the world's first vertebrates. Study a specimen so exquisitely-preserved, you can pick out the crease of its blood vessels. Linger to watch the red rock blush deep crimson with sunset. Later, select an ale from a menu of over 30 Quebec microbreweries, or sip strawberry liqueur made by a seventh-generation berry grower. No need for a phrasebook - shared samples and smiles are even better.

Why you should visit
  • Gaze at the red cliffs of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated for its fossils of the first crawling fish.
  • Drop by the exhibits, theatre and teaching lab of the park's Museum of Natural History.
  • Pull off your shoes and push your toes into the inviting waters of Chaleur Bay, "the bay of warmth".
  • Tour the scenic Gaspésie region by car, or by bicycle on La Route Verte, one of National Geographic's top bike rides.
  • Talk and taste with friendly artisans and watch for cuisine du terroir – rustic-style cooking featuring local produce.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Park & museum information, hours and fees.
  • Park open year-round, museum and tours open June through October.
  • Tours are in English and French.
  • On-site and accessible gift shop, cafe, toilets.
When to go
  • The Natural History Museum guided tours run from June to October.
  • You can tour the self-guided exhibitions from October to May.
  • The "Evolution of Life" staircase trail is open from June to October.
Need to know
  • Wear sturdy footwear and layered apparel.
  • Be aware of cliff, beach, and tidal hazards.
  • Descent to the beach requires full mobility.
  • Plan for at least two hours to fully explore the park.
Getting Here
  • Located on the Gaspé peninsula's south coast, a 6-hour drive east from Québec City.
  • Fly into the Gaspé region by arriving at the Gaspé airport.
  • Access by Greyhound bus via the nearby town of Nouvelle.
  • On-site parking for cars and RVs.