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The Gaspésie peninsula Canada
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The Gaspésie peninsula

The Gaspésie region is worth the trip. A vast peninsula, defined by the Saint Lawrence River and Gulf, the Gaspésie continues to be a mythical land. On the sides, the Chic-Choc Mountains suddenly plunge into the river. The very traditional little fishing villages are a good opportunity for getting to know the inhabitants and trying the local seafood. The famous Rocher Percé is an exceptional site; the village is bordered by the White cape, the Sainte-Anne mount, the white mount, the Trois Soeurs and the Barré cape. The Forillon Park, situated on steep cliffs, has exceptional flora and fauna: this is the destination of ornithologists and other naturalists. The name of the Gaspésie region comes from the word ?Gaspé', which means ?end of the world' in the language of the Micmacs, the natives who have lived there for a millennium, which sums up the location.

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The Gaspésie peninsula

The Gaspésie peninsula , Jacques Cartier , Canada
Jacques Cartier, Canada

The Gaspésie became the birthplace of Canada when Jacques Cartier arrived here in 1534.

© MTOQ - Claude Parent, Paul Hurteau
The Gaspésie peninsula , Landscapes of the Gaspésie region , Canada
Landscapes of the Gaspésie region

The Gaspésie region is rich in terrains and landscapes contrasting with a craggy coastline, a large number of rivers, and vast green expanses.

© Martine Oger / 123RF
The Gaspésie peninsula , Winter in the Gaspésie region , Canada
Winter in the Gaspésie region

The Gaspésie region attracts fewer tourists during the winter months but, if you do fancy donning some snowshoes or cross-country skis.

© MTOQ - Sastien Cloutier
The Gaspésie peninsula , The Appalachians , Canada
The Appalachians, Canada

The Appalachian Mountains in the Gaspésie region provide a backdrop of undulating plains as a result of erosion.

© MTOQ - Claude Parent, Paul Hurteau
The Gaspésie peninsula , The tip of the Gaspésie region , Canada
The tip of the Gaspésie region

The very tip of the Gaspésie region is home to the Forillon National Park. The main commercial activity in this area is fishing and the capital of the region is Rivière-au-Renard.

© Philippe Halle / 123RF
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