Le fil de la journée en Gaspésie

First of all, don’t worry, the title is as much French as there’s going to be (even that is stretching my own abilities and may be wrong). Second, today’s day thread is about one of my favourite places in Canada, the Gaspésie, also known as the Gaspé Peninsula. Located south of the Bay of St. Lawrence and north of the province of New Brunswick, the peninsula is sparsely populated region known for it’s rugged terrain.

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While the most well-known part of the Gaspésie is probably the eastern coast, with the famous Percé Rock being a major tourist draw, much of the region is quite mountainous; the northern shoreline in particular features a seemingly endless selection of impressive vistas. When I visited, I stayed in a tiny village called Mont Ste-Pierre, which is nestled in a coastal valley between a pair of mountains.

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The mountains in the Gaspésie are known as the Clich-Cloch range, a part of the Appalachian Mountains and the Caledonian orogeny, a geological formation that stretches across the Atlantic to the Scottish Highlands and the coasts of Norway and Greenland. Due to their age, the Clich-Cloch range is not as spectacular as the mountain ranges in western North America, but they can be quite impressive in their own right and contain some challenging hikes. The large flat tops of these mountains combined with their high latitude compared to the rest of the Appalachians has allowed tundra biomes to develop on two of the highest peaks, Mont Jacques-Cartier and Mont Albert (below).

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What makes these two mountains unique, though, is the fact that they are both home to herds of caribou, only place south of the St. Lawrence where they can be found in the wild. I hiked up both mountains while I was there, and was lucky enough to see a herd grazing on Mont Jacques-Cartier. It was a very memorable experience, and made me feel like I was suddenly much further north than I actually was.

 

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Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this very brief tour.