You can now “borrow a national park”
The Society of Outdoor Establishments of Quebec (Sépaq) and the National Library and Archives of Quebec (BAnQ) are joining forces to allow subscribers of the latter to borrow passes. free passes to visit national parks.
This pilot project, launched on the morning of May 2, will allow outdoor enthusiasts to borrow one of the 35 passes available at the BAnQ free of charge in order to be able to visit the following seven national parks for free:
- Îles-de-Boucherville National Park;
- National Park du Mont-Saint-Bruno;
- Parc national d’Oka;
- Yamaska National Park;
- Mont-Orford National Park;
- Mont-Tremblant National Park;
- Plaisance National Park.
The people of Quebec are not left out since 15 passes are available to them at the National Archives to visit the following four parks:
- Jacques-Cartier National Park ;
- Grands-Jardins National Park;
- Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park;
- Parc national de Frontenac.
Once the pass is in hand, you have three weeks to enjoy nature hikes. You won't be able to renew to give others a chance to access it, nor get more than one at a time.
“Nature is culture! National parks are part of our heritage, as are the wealth of documents that BAnQ offers to the public,” explains BAnQ President and CEO Marie Grégoire in a press release. “I salute Sépaq, our dynamic partner, and I hope that this pilot project will allow many to enjoy trails and beaches and, why not, outdoor reading!”.
Note that unlimited access to a single national park usually costs $46.25 per adult for 12 months.
Subscription to BAnQ is free. Please note that passes must be reserved in advance online.