Gaspé Peninsula in detail

History

Like the whales that can often be spotted spouting off in the distance, Normans, Bretons, Basques, Portuguese and Channel Islanders were attracted here by rich fishing grounds. English, Scottish and Irish fugitives from upheavals such as the Great Famine and American independence settled on the south shore, leaving isolated Anglophone communities. The Acadian red, white and blue flag dotted with a gold star can be seen fluttering above many homes along Rte 132.