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Jacques Cartier was the first Euro visitor here at what is now a small town on the south coast of the Gaspé Peninsula in 1534 and supposedly he set a wooden cross into the ground at a spot along the shore of Gaspé Bay. Today there is a reproduction of the cross erected here to mark the spot but in all honestly we didn’t look for it.
Our first mission while visiting the town was to find a GOOD cup of coffee or an espresso, which we found at Le Café Des Artistes. There’s only so much camp coffee that anyone can endure. We had been and continued to make our base camping in Forillon National Park but for a change of pace we made the little trek into town to explore a little.
We discovered another small restaurant that was operated in conjunction with the Motel Adams and here I enjoyed a decent breakfast on a couple of occasions as we made our way through town.
We wandered around the main “trendy” street rue de la Reine, a number of renovated and attractive buildings from the late 1800’s caught our interest and here there are a number of placards illustrating some of the buildings histories. We did some quick shopping at the “mall”, one of the entrances for the mall was located on this same street just a little ways down from the Café des Artistes.
Eventually we found our way to the waterfront where you’ll find that the sailing club is based with lots of sail boats docked in a really pretty setting; the local VIA Rail station is located just next to the marina along the Bay also.
We discovered at a spot close to the War Memorial, another Memorial honoring a man called Jacques de Lesseps, made of marble, and surrounded by a decorative fencing, it was obvious that he had some significant role in the history of Gaspé.. As it turns out this man has quite an interesting story and you can read about his early 20th Century exploits here.
We investigated the War Memorial and as well made time to explore the Musée de la Gaspésie which is in some ways the center piece of the town and hosts a large multi stone boulder that commemorates the discovery and arrival here in Gaspé by Cartier.
You can read more about the museum further along if you would like …just keep going.
When you’re in the area there’s enough going on here in the town to keep you busy for a little while. I hope you can stop here in the Village of Gaspé and “smell the coffee”.
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