- Gaspé Peninsula
The "Gaspésie" (official name) or also Gaspé Peninsula or the Gaspé is a
peninsulaconstituting part of the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River, in Quebec, Canada. It extends into the Gulf of Saint Lawrenceand is separated from New Brunswickby the baie des Chaleursand the Restigouche River.
The interior is rugged, being a northward extension of the
Appalachian Mountains. This range is called the Chic-Choc Mountains. A section of the International Appalachian Trailtravels along the peninsula. Route 132 circles the peninsula, with one branch following the coast and the other cutting across the peninsula at Sainte-Flavie. Forillon National Parkis found at the northeastern tip of the Gaspé.
The easternmost point of the peninsula jutting into the Gulf of St. Lawrence is called "Cap Gaspé". The name "Gaspé" comes from a
Mi'kmaqword "gespeg" meaning "land's end".
Route 198 leads inland from the northern shore of the peninsula. It soon climbs up from
sea level, and enters the forest of the Gaspé Peninsula, crossing several small rivers before reaching the town of Murdochville at about 660 metres above sea level. Murdochville has had a varied history, and is now home to several wind turbinefarms, which together have one of the largest wind generating capacities in the world. From Murdochville, Route 198 winds its way along the York River to the city of Gaspé. The inland portions of the peninsula are also home to the Chic-Choc Mountains, part of the Notre Dame Mountains, an extension of the Appalachian Mountains.
At the communities of
Restigoucheand Gesgapegiagthere are sizeable Mi'kmaq reserves and settlements. A small vigorous remnant is left of a once-thriving English-speaking community, found on the coast of Baie des Chaleurs, opposite New Brunswick, especially in the communities of New Richmond and New Carlisle. The vast majority of people speak French as their first language. As a tribute to the colonial Loyalist settlements, Duthie Point in New Richmond has recreated a Loyalist-theme site (called "le village loyaliste").
List of people from the Gaspé Peninsula
List of Quebec regions
* [http://www.gaspesie.net Gaspesie.net]
* [http://www.gaspesie.com Gaspesie.com]
* [http://www.gaspesia.com/ville.php Municipalities and cities of Gaspé region]
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