Difference between revisions of "Gaspé Peninsula"
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The Gaspé Peninsula, in southeastern Quebec, Canada, extends between the mouth of the St Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean. The northern area is sparsely populated but very scenic with a rugged coastline dotted with small fishing towns and lighthouses. Inland, the tree-covered mountains and salmon-filled rivers are even more remote. Going southward, after the cape the Atlantic and southern side of Gaspé is a popular summer destination for Canadians and international visitors alike with the peak season in July and August. It is also a great place to visit during winter, especially for those interested in skiing/snowboarding and snowshoeing in the Chic Choc Mountains located in the remote middle of the peninsula.
In French, the Gaspé Peninsula is known as La Gaspésie. You will find English speaking Quebeckers and Canadians use both terms. It is a beloved tourist destination for many Quebeckers, who flock their in the thousands to soak up the sun and beauty of the coastline. Be aware that this can mean you need to book your accommodation well in advance during the high season of summer!
French is spoken by almost everyone in the Gaspé as in all of Quebec. Signage is almost exclusively in French only. There are small bi-lingual English speaking communities on the southern coast founded by English Loyalists. The French spoken on the southern coast of the coasline near New Brunswick is of the Arcadian variety. Many French speakers have some knowledge of English.
By Bus: http://www.orleansexpress.com/Search.aspx, several times per day.
Check out the Arcadian region of New Brunswick and northern Maine.