Forillion NP and Percé Rock, Gaspesie/Quebec

I wanted to drive back to Halifax via Gaspésie. This is the peninsula in the Saint Laurence Gulf, which still belongs to Quebec. That costs us about 800 km detour. Why? Because the country is over there. I discovered the name “Lands End” on the map. That’s a long narrow nose that rises from the Forillion National Park in the far east into the sea. That fascinates me. What does it look like in the end -of-the-country?

Forillion National Park

Over the rocky north coast of the peninsula we reach the Forillion National Park. It is June 15th and spring seems to be just starting. Yellow dandelion, blue forget-me-not and daffodils blossom on the lush green meadows. The fir forest is loosened up with deciduous trees. The new delicate and light green leaves form a beautiful contrast to the dark needles. The sea thunders loudly against the cliffs of the steep coast. From time to time a small pebble beach has formed. In the distance we see whales jumping.

The sun is shining and it couldn’t be more beautiful. In winter, we are told, temperatures of -30 degrees are measured. The winter is so long that there is hardly any time for the other seasons.

What the hell. In summer we enjoy the beginning of spring and discover a true paradise at the end of the country.

Percé Rock

Beside the Forillion National Park, the huge Rocher Percé is a tourist magnet. It is an 88 m high, 90 m wide and 475 long rock monolith with an archway. It rises off the coast of the small village Perce like a piece of gate out of the sea.

But even without the tourist favourites Forillion NP and Percé Rock the Gaspésie is worth a trip. Although the peninsulas offer everything your heart desires, tourism is moderate. The villages are small and unspoilt. One lives the laissez-faire of the French.

The Gaspésie would be a dream island. If spring didn’t start in mid-June, summer wouldn’t be over in mid-August and winter wouldn’t arrive in mid-September…