Gaspésie, the Gaspé peninsula, is the birthplace of Canada, discovered when Jacques Cartier landed on its shores in 1534. Located in south-eastern Quebec to the east of the Matapedia Valley and surrounded by the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Bay of Chaleur, this is a region of rugged coastline, peaceful fishing havens, and communities well known for their hospitality, generosity and livability.
Composed of Avignon, Bonaventure, Le Rocher-Percé, La Côte-de-Gaspé, La Haute-Gaspésie and the Îles de la Madeleine, the Gaspé-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region is one of the most scenic in maritime Quebec. Located on the south side of the St. Lawrence River, the Gaspé peninsula’s rugged coastline is the continuation of the Appalachian mountain range. The landscape is carved with rivers teeming with Atlantic salmon, and its forests, beaches, cliffs and meadows — many of them protected in national parks and reserves — form a sanctuary for flora and fauna. In the fall of 2009, the National Geographic Society designated the Gaspésie as the third most beautiful destination in the world for its sustainable development, and in 2011, National Geographic magazine listed the Gaspésie as one of the top 20 worldwide destinations to visit.