Gaspesie, a peninsula of majestic landscapes. It is a municipality made up of several smaller coastal towns and villages that have maintained their ethnic, economic and cultural characteristics : a mosaic lying between the sea and the mountains. A deep, coastal indention has created Gaspé Bay, a magnificent body of water protected by the mountains. Edged by kilometres of sandy or pebble beaches, the bay becomes the summer meeting place for swimmers, boaters and those who enjoy other water sports. Three crystal-clear rivers (St-Jean, Dartmouth, York) empty into Gaspé Bay. They are the theatre of an age-old activity, salmon fishing. Each winter, a veritable fishing village comes into being on the ice-covered bay in the heart of the downtown sector. Enthusiasts fish for smelt, sheltered in small comfortable huts, and the fishing trip can become a festive occasion. Three minutes from downtown GASPE, Mont Béchervaise spreads its ski slopes to the southern sun.
In the 17th century, PERCE was the most important fishing centre on the Gaspe Peninsula. Today you can still find a few buildings dating back to that time. Perce Rock is one of the most important natural tourist attractions in Quebec. All who have seen it have been impressed by its size, its colour and its beauty. CAP-DES-ROSIERS is the entrance to Forillon National Park. Deep-sea fishing expeditions and cruises are offered by the local people. The 37-meter lighthouse was built in 1858 and is the highest in Canada. MATANE is also known as the shrimp capital of the world with its summer festival honoring the little crustacean. Many social and cultural activities surround this event such as the St-Jean-Baptiste celebrations on June 24th. There is a ferryboat linking the city to the North Shore.
The Gaspésie region will enchant you with its exceptional natural beauty!