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Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie

Sea Air

Here, the Saint Lawrence River merges with the sea, and the surrounding landscape is stunning and sprawling. Four national parks, impressive historical sites, the famous Percé Rock, flocks of Northern Gannet, whales, and Baie des Chaleurs, one of the most beautiful bays in the world...: welcome to Gaspésie and Bas-Saint- Laurent, where nature and culture are sure to charm you!

At the root of these attractions, you’ll find the stalwart presence of Indigenous communities,  essential to understanding Eastern Quebec. Europeans had first contact with this part of the New World by meeting the Gaspésie Mi’kmaq during the 16th century. The Mi’kmaq, divided into three communities across the peninsula, continue to share their culture with the world thanks to remarkable ancestral sites. The Maliseet inhabit the Cacouna region in Bas-Saint-Laurent.

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Communities

Gesgapegiag

La communauté Gesgapegiag, établie sur la rive de la baie des Chaleurs, à l’embouchure de la rivière Cascapédia est reconnue depuis 1850. Son nom est signifie rivière large en mi’gmaq, mais les habitants parlent communément l’anglais.

Gespeg

Vivant en étroite relation avec la nature qui l’entoure, la communauté mi’gmaq Gespeg s’est installée en permanence dans la baie de Gaspé depuis le 16e siècle. Gespeg signifie en mi’gmaq là où la terre prend fin.

Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk

La Première Nation Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk, autrefois appelée Malécites de Viger, occupe un petit territoire au coeur du village de Cacouna au Bas-Saint-Laurent. On y retrouve notamment la maison Denis-Launière, patrimoine historique de la communauté. La communauté est dispersée, mais elle se réunit lors du pow-wow annuel.