Park Experience - Parc national de Miguasha - National Parks - Sépaq

Park Experience

From Water to Land

Fossil fish and plants tell their stories about life on our planet 380 million years ago. Discover Parc national de Miguasha, a real treasure trove of natural heritage in Québec. It fills visitors of all ages with wonder, both because of its well-preserved fossils, and because of their importance in helping us understand a page of evolution, the passage from aquatic life to terrestrial life in vertebrates. Because of its scientific reputation, the park has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1999.

Click here to find out about the wide range of discovery activities available in the park!


Discover the Park Through Interpretation

Parc national de Miguasha has the potential to inspire wonder! And the best way is to participate in our discovery activities (in French only). Through the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage, you’ll learn more about the park and the importance of protecting it.

Among the riches we wish to share is the fossil fish Eusthenopteron foordi, nicknamed the Prince of Miguasha. Known around the world for over a century, this fish sits in the throne of our permanent exhibition. A unique princely encounter.

To guide us in developing our discovery activities, all the parks have an education plan.


Natural History Exhibitions

A visit to the Natural History Exhibitions is an extraordinary scientific experience. Entitled From Water to Land, the permanent exhibition is an impressive collection of fish and plant fossils from the famous cliff. Since 2013, a second exhibition is open: Elpistostege: The Origins of a Quest,  in which you’ll be introduced to a new specimen, the Elpistostege watsoni, discovered in 2010 on the Parc national de Miguasha cliff. The striking multimedia presentation that is projected there will provide you with food for thought concerning the place of human beings in the living world!

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Introducing the King of Parc national de Miguasha!

In the fall of 2013, the reputation of Parc national de Miguasha reached a peak when a fossil was unveiled that is unique in the world. It was found on one of the park’s cliffs. This fossil is the first fully intact specimen of Elpistostege watsoni ever found in the world. This is a fish species with fleshy fins and it’s of paramount importance in evolutionary biology.

L’exposition Prince Joyau

Preliminary research on the new specimen is already claiming that the Elpistostege watsoni could be the closest relative to tetrapods, vertebrates with legs. This status gives it a crucial position among vertebrates in the transition from the aquatic environment to the terrestrial environment.


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