The most scenic aspect of the peninsula's nominal capital is its view of Forillon, which can be spotted across the sweep of the Baie de Gaspé. This was where Jacques Cartier first landed in July 1534. After meeting the Iroquois 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; it's not as touristy as Percé, although it's not quite as picturesque either.
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