Opening of the Birthplace of Canada for the 2020 season!
Gaspé, June 29, 2020 – The Birthplace of Canada team is pleased to announce that after having analyzed all of its buildings and interpretation activities, it will be able to open its doors on July 7. After obtaining the agreement from regional public health, the entire experience offered has been adapted to offer a safe visit experience to customers and employees.
Interpretation and animation: new operating mode
Interpretation and animation in the buildings will be back from July 7 to September 27. In order to be able to welcome customers in a safe manner, interpretation zones respecting the 2 meters distance have been identified in all the buildings. Customers will therefore be able to meet and interact in a safe manner with the historic figures of the city’s history and make purchases in our souvenir shop. Please note that we don’t take reservations for interpretation.
Modified schedule for the 2020 season
Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (REDUCED OPENING, souvenir shop and an outside guide only)
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rules to follow:
- Please follow the directions : start at Davis warehouse, continue to Baker tavern, general store, and finish with souvenir shop.
- Buildings will accommodate one person or family at a time
- Wait for the signal from the guide before entering a building
- Hand sanitizer is mandatory
- No contact with artifacts and displays
- Respect the 2 meters of physical distance
- Do not enter if you have any flu-like symptoms
- Order at Baker’s Tavern : Takeout only. Orders will be made through the service window identified for this purpose
Voluntary contributions : The operating mode will be, again this year, in the form of voluntary contributions. Boxes will be placed in all buildings and customers will themselves deposit the money inside. Contributions are essential to the sustainability of activities and help support our non-profit organization in its mission of preserving heritage. Customer support will be essential, especially this year!
Closure of certain buildings : Some buildings will be closed due to their configuration which does not allow, for the moment, physical distancing. This is the case for the naval base, the Jacques De Lesseps hydrobase and the Maison Horatio LeBoutillier.
Events and activities
The site, which welcomed more than 50,000 people in 2019, used to hold several cultural events throughout the season. For the moment, there will be no Desjardins musical evenings, multimedia shows, line dancing and major events.
Despite the cancellation of the above events, we are currently working with community partners to create an alternative program that meets the new public health standards. As soon as everything is confirmed, we will inform you and give you all the details! Stay tuned on social media and on our website!
The Birthplace of Canada team would like to thank its major partners for the 2020 season: the City of Gaspé and Desjardins. We would also like to thank all of the partners and volunteers who allow the organization to continue its mission!