Parc de Forillon is a prime example of the natural wonders that Canada has to offer. Forillon finds itself in the Gaspe peninsula, which forms on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence seaway. Much of the Gaspe region offers legendary scenery, and countless tourists drive its coastal roads to witness the beauty of the highway: cliffs on one side, ocean on the other.
Forrillon park's climate is rather unique for its northern location. It's proximity to the sea neutralizes much of the harsh weather for which the region is known. The average temperature for July is 17 degrees Celsius, while in January it is -10. This environment allows for a diverse ecosystem, and a large variety of plants and animals make their home in Parc Forillon.
Parc de Forillon, like much of northern Canada, is heavily forested. A total of 63 types of forest vegetation have been identified within the park. Parc Forillon also contains 696 identified plant species, making it a wonder for any nature aspiring nature buff. Again, much of this diversity has to do with the park's relatively temperate climate, given its northern location.
In essence Forillon is a marine park, though of course an abundance of land mammals do exist in the region. There are the standard species associated with the boreal forest, and some larger creatures for which Canada is known, and with which the visitor will be duly impressed. The moose and the black bear are the two largest, as well as that most Canadian of symbols, the beaver.
The reason Forillon is known primarily as a marine park is due to the abundance of sea birds in the region. Gulls, the double-crested cormorant, and razorbill all pass through the park during their spring migration. Amongst land birds, over 255 different types are found in Forillon. One of the most impressive is the great blue heron, which can be seen feeding in shallow areas of the water.
One of the most important aspects to note about Forillon park is its location in the province of Quebec. As many a reader knows, the province of Quebec is almost entirely French speaking, and any visitor from outside the province or the United States is likely to also experience the sensation of being in a foreign country. In the Gaspe region it is not uncommon for locals to speak no English at all, and often a broken communication must be aided by gestures. This often allows the visitor to feel much further from home then he or she actually is.
With everything that Parc de Forillon has to offer, its extensive marine life, its abundance of moose and bears, its many species of migrating birds and rich plant life, its no wonder the park is considered one of Canada's finest. Add to this that almost all of those who visit Forillon will do so by car, and so will be privy to some of the most picturesque driving in all of North America.
It is a certainty that getting to Forillon can be as enjoyable as Forillon itself. With all of this in its favour, it's hard to imagine a visitor to Forillon coming away disappointed.