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The Gaspé Peninsula or just the Gaspé (la Gaspésie in French) is a North American peninsula on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River, in Quebec. It extends into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and is bounded on the south by New Brunswick, from which it is partially divided by Chaleur Bay and the Restigouche River.

The interior is rugged, being a northward extension of the Appalachian Mountains. A section of the International Appalachian Trail travels along the peninsula.

Highway 132 circles the peninsula, with one branch following the coast and the other cutting across the peninsula at Sainte-Flavie. Forillon National Park is found at the tip of the Gaspé.

Together with the Magdalen Islands, the Gaspé makes up the Quebec region of Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

There is a town on the peninsula that is also called Gaspé; see Gaspé, Quebec. The easternmost point of the peninsula jutting into the Gulf of St. Lawrence is called Cap Gaspé.

The name "Gaspé" comes from a Mi'kmaq word gespeg meaning "land's end".

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Satellite Image


Gaspé Peninsula (NASA image) -
part of Anticosti Island appears to the northeast

Southern coast

At the communities of Restigouche and Gesgapegiag[1] (http://www.gesgapegiag.com/) there are sizeable Mi'kmaq settlements. There is a small remnant left of a once-thriving English-speaking community. It is found opposite New Brunswick and on the coast of Chaleur Bay, especially in the settlements of Carleton and New Carlisle; despite these origins, the majority of people speak French. As a tribute to the colonial Loyalist communities that once inhabited the now more diverse area, a section of New-Richmond has recreated a Loyalist settlement (called le village loyaliste).

See also

External links

www.gaspesie.com

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