About the maritime Park

About the maritime Park

Located in the municipality of Saint-Laurent-de-l’Île-d’Orléans, the maritime Park is a cultural institution born from the desire to bear witness to the maritime heritage of the island. It notably features the Godbout rowboat shop, built in 1837, which over time has welcomed three generations of rowboat manufacturers. The rowboat shop was classified as a heritage building by the Quebec government in 1977. In 1989, the relocation of the rowboat shop to the site of the former Shipyard of Saint-Laurent, then disused since 1967, gave rise to the maritime Park of Saint-Laurent. The non-profit organization of the Corporation du Parc maritime de Saint-Laurent was founded in 1995 and has been in charge of the management of the accredited museum institution since its foundation. In 2016, the Corporation became the Fondation du Parc maritime de Saint-Laurent. The establishment has been accredited by the Ministry of Culture and Communications (MCC) of Quebec since 2019.

The mission of the Maritime Park Foundation

The maritime Park of Saint-Laurent preserves, showcases and promotes the maritime heritage of Île d’Orléans by interpreting the Shipyard of Saint-Laurent as well as the Godbout rowboat shop.

The maritime Park team

Gaétan Bouchard

General manager

Originally from Montreal, Mr. Bouchard worked for nearly 30 years for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as director of information systems for the institution. He has a master’s degree in public administration.

Jacqueline Guimont

Person in charge of the photography exhibition and interpreter-guide

Originally from Bas-Saint-Laurent, Ms. Guimont studied art history and museology. She has been a guide at the Park for several years.

Raphaël Angers

Park supervisor and interpreter-guide

Originally from Shawinigan, Mr. Angers has a bachelor’s degree in history from Laval University and has been the Park supervisor for several years.

Antoine Côté

Collections and communications coordinator and interpreter-guide

Originally from Quebec, Mr. Côté has a bachelor’s degree in history from Laval University and has been working since 2022 on the implementation of several projects at the Park.

The Foundation's board of directors

Jean Saulnier

President

A human resources advisor for many years for the city of Quebec and a member of numerous committees, Mr. Saulnier has been president of the Foundation of the maritime Park since August 2020.

Chantal Gingras

Vice-president

Holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Laval University, Ms. Gingras leads a parallel career in the arts (acrylic paintings). The design of Orleans and Quebec houses represents the major part of her architectural practice.

Maryse Fortier

Treasurer

Investment advisor and planner for several years for major financial institutions, Ms. Fortier has been providing her expertise as treasurer for the maritime Park since October 2020.

Yves Coulombe

Administrator

Representing the municipality of St-Laurent on the maritime Park Foundation, Mr. Coulombe was elected mayor for the first time in 2001. He was re-elected again in 2021 and has been involved with dedication in the Foundation’s activities since October 2020.

Denis Curodeau

Administrator

A graduate of Laval University in civil engineering and holder of a master’s degree in business administration, this specialist in asset maintenance management is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Michel Deblois

Administrator

Founding owner and president of his own consulting firm, Mr. Deblois has worked mainly in the field of research and development applied to industry. He has worked with many major companies.

Marc Ferland

Administrator

A recent administrator at the Foundation, Mr. Ferland has a dozen years of experience in the management of civil engineering construction projects. He has worked on many important public projects.