When you visit this site, you will understand why Gaspé is the “birthplace” of Canada as you are taken to the heart of the village as it was in 1900.
The great navigator
Jacques Cartier sailed from Saint-Malo, France in April 1534 to “discover certain Islandes and Landes where it is sayd large amounts of gold and other riches are to be found”.
In Gaspé, he met a party of Iroquoians coming from Stadacona, present-day Québec City. On July 24, 1534, he planted a cross here, officially claiming the land for Francis I, the King of France, despite the protests of Iroquoian Chief Donnacona.
People of the sea
For more than 8000 years, Amerindians lived along the St. Lawrence River. Some nicknamed it “Magtogoek” or “the walking river”/ fleuve aux grandes eaux.
The Micmac have been travelling the waters of Gaspésie for a very long time. Skillful navigators, they were dubbed “People of the sea”.