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Cap Bon Ami is an area within the park boundary that provides for you on a clear day some stunning views of ?Lands End? and Cap Gaspe.
If you?re visiting Forrilon than you really should include some time here, there?s a wonderful pebble and stone beach where you can walk or just sit and watch the tides move in and out.
There are some pretty dramatic cliff sides that seemingly drop straight down to the sea here and the rock of the cliff face is layered and stands almost straight up.It?s really quite dramatic to say the least!
From a vantage point above the beach you can watch sea birds that are nesting along the cliff sides just a short distance away.
As I was walking down to the deck like viewing structure I saw a small pod of whales just off shore cruising by and we spent time there watching Razorbills flying back and forth from the cliff face to the sea and back again?over and over. It was kind of amusing to watch as they really don?t seem to have much space to manoeuvre on they?re perch. It really wasn?t an inviting environment for anything but they seemed quite at home.
The Razorbill is a ?cousin? in the genetic path of the extinct Giant Auk?hunted out by the middle of the 19th Century.
This is also an access point to the hiking trails that will bring you to a few destinations? Mount Saint Alban, Grand Grave, and the observation tower on Mount Saint Alban. We didn?t do any hiking here on this day, going to the top for a view would have been pointless because of the low hanging cloud or fog.
There?s a parking lot for ?day use? and washrooms and picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy a little snack or a drink.
I?m not sure why it?s placed here at this location but overlooking the water in the park like area just above the beach, there?s a placard placed here by the Historic Sites and Monuments of Canada commemorating the Battle of the St. Lawrence. I certainly know of the struggles with U Boats here and along the river itself but I really am not sure why the placard is at this spot.
You likely know already that during World War Two Germany and her U Boat Fleet made incursions into the St.Lawrence River, penetrating as deep as 365 kms from Quebec City. The U Boat Fleet successfully sank a reported 26 ships in the river itself and the Gulf of St. Lawrence between 1942 and 1944.
This is really a pretty spot even if the Cap is enshrouded in mist or fog and you really shouldn?t exclude this stopover if you?re visiting Forillon, Cap Bon Ami is really a must see experience.
Address: Forillon National Park,Gaspe,Canada.
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