Forillon National Park

Forillon National Park


Pointe de Penouille is a sand spit that marks the entrance to Forillon National Park in Gaspésie. Over the years, the site was reimagined in response to climate change and in an effort to better showcase its natural and historical heritage. The mandate was to create an installation that traces the three significant periods in the history of the site: Indigenous presence, whale hunting and cod fishing in New France.

At the tip of the peninsula, visitors discover three towers soaring toward the treetops. These signal elements are turned toward Gaspé Bay and the archaeological sites from each of the major periods in Penouille’s history. The height of each tower is proportional to the number of years between the periods themselves and present day.

In a new tailored landscape seamlessly integrated into the natural surroundings, visitors follow a trail bordered by a berm inscribed with a timeline of the landmark moments in the region’s history. From the timeline, three links cross the path and connect the three towers. These connectors feature quotes from the three key periods. The links climb onto each tower, raising the visitor’s gaze toward the sky.

The interpretive panels adhere to Parks Canada’s brand image and include content for young children. All the materials were carefully selected to resist the most extreme conditions brought about by corrosion, wind, frost and sun exposure and vandalism.

Turnkey project:

  • Research
  • Script
  • Texts and translation
  • Graphic
  • 3D design and landscape design
  • Manufacturing, delivery and installation.