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During the Second World War in September of 1942 during the Battle of the St.Lawrence the Canadian Navy established at HMCS Fort Ramsay a Gulf Escort Force here just outside of the town of Gaspé
This escort fleet was tasked with protecting supply convoys that sailed between Quebec and Sydney, Nova Scotia or Goose Bay in Labrador.
It?s a little bit unsettling to think that Nazi Forces had reached out this far in they?re quest to dominate the World, but its true, and a good number of ships were lost here in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River, many men lost they?re lives during this small but significant operation of the war.
Still today there are remnants of some of the defensive positions of the base that are found within the boundaries of Forillon National Park, a concrete enforced gun emplacement and some tunnels and storage areas.
It?s easy to find, the entrance is along Highway 132, the main road that brings you into the park from the town of Gaspe.
The only entrance to the area also serves as a picnic area, the lawns manicured and a couple of tables are available to sit and hopefully relax in some warm sunshine.
There are no additional fees to enter the site.
You?ll find a number of placards on the site that provide some basic information about the Battle of the St.Lawrence and the role that these gun emplacements served in the defense of any possible incursion by German forces.
The pathway winds itself down into a small assembly of damp concrete enforced tunnels eventually leading you to the gun that had a clear field of fire onto any surface ship that was considered a threat to the security of the base.
Its interesting to a point I suppose, but really, the battery itself is as I mentioned kind of damp and a little on the grungy side.
If you have any interest in World War Two history than this might a worthwhile stopover for you and if not, the picnic area itself is a nice place to get out of your vehicle and relax for a little while.
Address: Forillon National Park,Gaspe,Canada.
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