The Geopark sponsors Fred the Groundhog

Fred the Groundhog 10th anniversary

A new partnership with Percé Global UNESCO geopark

It is now a firm tradition : This year will be Fred’s Quebec Official Groundhog 10th prediction. This colorful and folkloric event takes its roots ten years ago thanks to the dynamic people of  Val d’Espoir, a village in the hinterland of Percé, Gaspésie.

Underlining that tenth anniversary  Géoparc de Percé will become the proud godfather of Fred who will become  by that partnership the first and only  Official Groundhog of a nation to annonce spring on a designated   « Géoparc mondial UNESCO » territory.

Roberto Blondin the initiator of the event considers this as a great moment in Fred’s story: « There is nothing ordinary about that, Fred is the one and only Groundhog to annonce spring on a territory recognized by UNESCO in North America. That is something to be proud of!  »

According to the new “godfather” representant, it is an important gesture : « Over the years Fred the Groundhog  became an important symbol of the meanings and values of Val d’Espoir community. This totally reach the Géoparc mission and objectives. Participate in promoting this beautiful tradition was natural for us. » explains Renaud Camirand, Géoparc mondial UNESCO de Percé general director.


The partnership will become official before Fred’s 10th prediction which will happen February 2nd at 6 :30 AM in front of Val d’Espoir church. As per tradition, there will be a pancake breakfast from 5:30 AM. Animation, music and tons of  inside and outside  activities in collaboration with Carnaval Val d’Espoir and Géoparc.

Join us having fun with friends, family as a group or alone and be part of the tradition!

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