The Forillon expulsions, 50 years later


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

St. Peter’s Anglican Church and its cemetery are all that remains of the village of Petit-Gaspé, called Little Gaspé by anglophones. There’s now a seasonal campground where the village once stood.

Turning off Route 132 outside the town of Cap-aux-Os, paying a day pass fee at the toll booth and slipping into Forillon National Park via a footpath, hikers could be forgiven for thinking they’ve entered a primeval forest. The noise of passing cars is replaced by the wind in the branches of the towering trees and the occasional chattering of birds or bantering of people setting up tents.