The Bioparc is a nonprofit organization that opened its doors to the public in June 1998 after years of sustained effort from the community.
In 1999, as part of the Grands Prix du tourisme régionaux (regional tourism awards), the Bioparc was recognized for its excellence and originality as a major tourist attraction with two regional awards for touristic development and innovation and the special jury prize.
In 2002, the Bioparc won a "bright light” award for the quality of its website, from Festivals et Événements Québec and the Société des Attractions touristiques du Québec.
In 2009, the chamber of commerce of the RCM of Bonaventure awarded the prize for nonprofit organization of the year to the Bioparc, in recognition of its success as a tourist attraction.
The year 2009 also marked a turning point for the Bioparc, with the investment of an additional $4 million for facility development and improvement, contributing to the enhancement of the park itself as well as the regional tourist industry. The funding help support construction of a new accommodations complex and new habitats for the park’s animals.
In 2010, the Bioparc was the recipient of not one, but two honours from the Grands Prix du tourisme gaspésien: the award for best tourist attractions with under 100,000 visitors and the award for best accommodations in the tourist residences category. With this recognition, the Bioparc became a candidate at the provincial level, where it was again honoured to receive the silver prize for best accommodations in the tourist residence category at the 25th annual gala of the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois.
The new insectarium, developed with the invaluable assistance of renowned entomologist Georges Brossard, was also inaugurated in 2010.
To the delight of the young and young at heart, the Bioparc added another new attraction in 2011: a petting farm!
The Bioparc is now working at the second phase of its strategic development plan. From now through 2017, investments totalling $5.6 million will allow the Bioparc to compete development of the park’s facilities.