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Gaspé Peninsula

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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 area is sparsely populated but very scenic with a rugged coastline dotted with small fishing towns and lighthouses. Inland, tree-covered mountains and salmon-filled rivers are even more remote. 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 and snowshoeing in the Chic Choc Mountains.


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In French, the Gaspé Peninsular is known as La Gaspésie. You will find English speaking Quebeckers use both terms. It is a beloved tourist destination for many Quebeckers, who flock their in their 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!


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  • Visit Percé Rock. This rock is located in the sea. It is a distinctive shape, elongated with a large tunnel piercing it at one end. It is one of the most frequently visited natural attractions in Quebec. It can be seen from the shore, by boat or walked to at low tide. If you have the chance to stay a while, view the rock from different angles at different times of the day, as the magic of light highlights its colours in varying ways. A photographer's dream.
  • Bonaventure Island. This has a large gannet breeding colony. Here you can also see cormorants, puffins and murres.
  • Visit the Chic-Chocs Mountains. These are beautiful winter or summer and they contain the only caribou herd south of the St Lawrence river.



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