The picturesque town of Gaspe is situated on the rugged eastern coast of the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec Province at the southern entrance to the St Lawrence River. It was here in 1534 that Jacques Cartier first landed on North American soil and claimed it in the name of the King of France, an event commemorated with a monument depicting scenes of Cartier's journey. Near the monument and overlooking the bay is the Musee de la Gaspesie.
Gaspe Bay, which is considered to be the second largest natural bay in the world, is surrounded by three of the most beautiful salmon rivers in Quebec, numerous lakes, as well as Forillon National Park, plus many beaches along the shore. The Forillon National Park encompasses some 92 square miles of greatly diverse landscape. Within its borders, there are nine different levels of climactic variation, a spectacular array of wildlife, and plants that have survived since the Ice Age. Every year, thousands of seabirds come to nest on the cliffs.
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