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© Stéphane Groleau, photography


Project name: Camp-de-Touage Service Center, Pointe-Taillon National Park Location: 40 Chemin du Golf, Saint-Gédéon, QC, G0W 2P0 Start date: May 21, 2021 Name of the client: Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SÉPAQ Project manager: Isabelle Beauchamp, architect | Blouin Tardif Architectes Sonia Simard, associate architect | Éric Painchaud architecte et associés Architect name: Blouin Tardif Architectes | Éric Painchaud architecte in consortium List of people who participated in the project: Isabelle Beauchamp, architect | Blouin Tardif Architectes Sonia Simard, associate architect | Éric Painchaud architecte et associés Magalie Meunier, architect | Blouin Tardif Architectes Camille Lavoie, architectural technologist | Éric Painchaud architecte et associés Véronique Rivest architectural technologit and intern | Blouin Tardif Architectes Joanie Lapointe, architectural intern | Éric Painchaud architecte et associés List of professionals and consultants who worked on the project: Construction J & R Savard Ltée | General conctrator WSP Chicoutimi | Engineering Ext Conseil inc. | Landscape architecture Photo credits: Stéphane Groleau, photography


To draw a connection between history, program and nature
Architects have a determining responsibility when it comes to building upon the natural environment. From the beginning, the opportunity to magnify a unique and majestic territory was the motivation driving the mission of the Société des Établissements de Plein Air du Québec (SÉPAQ):
«…to develop the territories and public assets entrusted to it;
…to ensure sustainability for the benefit of its clientele, the regions of Quebec, and future generations; connect people to nature.

Land Development – Linking History, Program, and Nature
The Tow Camp dates back to the time when the mouth of the Saguenay River, formed by the islands of Lac Saint Jean, was used as a towing station for logs being redirected to the small wood lump. Thus the boom, an emblematic structure formerly used for log driving and logging, forms the backbone of the project. It is a common thread that traces links with history, while creating a springboard to the new resort vocation of the Camp de Touage sector of Pointe-Taillon National Park.

Beyond the poetics and the form of the object, architectural notions have emerged from references to the boom. The concepts of the protective screen, footbridge, observation point, light filter, and expression of the structure are all avenues of development that have led to a sober and coherent architectural party that meets the technical and functional considerations of the reception pavilion for the benefit of its users' experiences.