The most scenic aspect of the peninsula's nominal capital is its view of Forillon, across the sweep of the Baie de Gaspé. This was where Jacques Cartier first landed in July 1534. After meeting the Mi'kmaq of the region, he ignored their settlements, planted a wooden cross and claimed the land for the king of France. Today, Gaspé makes for a good refueling point or a base for day-tripping into Forillon National Park; it's not as touristy as Percé, although it's not quite as picturesque either.
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