Gaspesie: visit the national park, the peninsula of Quebec


Gaspesie, or Gaspé is a peninsula that juts into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Quebec in Canada. Its territory is characterized by beautiful landscapes and unspoiled nature, the mountains, the forests, the lakes, the steep cliffs and the sea.

Gaspesie National Park

At the center of the peninsula is the Gaspésie Park that includes the magnificent peaks, including Mount Jacques Cartier, 1270 meters above sea level, the highest peak of the peninsula, belongs to the chain Chic-Chocs, home to herds of caribou, a species of reindeer . The town Sainte Anne des Monts is the gateway to the park, through which the coastal landscape gives way to the fascinating mountain scenery inland.

Around the Park Gaspésie extends the Réserve faunique des Chic Chocs, a very interesting area for observation of flora and fauna. From Sainte Anne des Monts, continuing east, accompanied by striking views, you arrive at the resort Mont Saint-Pierre, which takes its name from the mountain top 418 m., Appreciated by lovers of free flight, as its top is the ideal spot for hang-gliding and paragliding.

On the north-eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula extends the Parc National de Forillon, where the fascinating cliffs overlooking the sea accommodate various species of seabirds, sea horizon welcomes seals and whales, and the woods are populated inland hills by various species of animals, including deer, elk, beaver and brown bears.

On the tip of the peninsula is the town of Gaspé, where he landed Jacques Cartier, the French explorer who in 1534 reached these lands and yields a possession of the King of France. Do not miss a visit to the town of Percé, overlooking the sea, and is famous for the Rocher Percé, a large rock drilled rising from the sea in front of the cliffs, and Bonaventure Island, full of beautiful nature trails, declared bird sanctuary.

To the south, in the magnificent bay of baie des Chaleurs, is the Parc National de Miguasha, extraordinarily important in terms of paleontology, as they are preserved specimens of fish fossils from the Devonian period, known as the Age of Pisces, 380 million years ago. The site is registered in the list of UNESCO World Heritage.

Near the confluence of the river Matane and San Lorenzo, lies the little town of Matane, famous for catching shrimp and salmon. From here you can cross the St. Lawrence River, embarking on a ferry, and reach the other side of the river in Baie Comeau-Godbout in Quebec.

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