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Quebec’s Gaspé: The Rocks of Percé

  Percé took me by surprise. I had heard of its famous rocks. (Les Rochers de Percé) I had heard of the Isle Bonaventure, which is a provincial park known for its huge colony of nesting gannets. I’d decided not to visit either because getting there involved complications: parking for the trailer, expense, making reservations […]

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How do you say “oil” in French?

  Julia and I are now 1300 miles into our trip in the Canadian Atlantic provinces, and my car needs an oil change. When you are towing your little home behind you over hill and dale, you become very attentive to its health and well-being. By now I know my Dodge Durango well. I know […]

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Salt cod–the Gaspe cure

  The sea there is swarming with fish, which can be taken not only with the net but with baskets let down by a stone. John Cabot, c. 1497 They called it the “Gaspé cure” because the region had a reputation for producing the most succulent and translucent salt cod. The kind of salt cod […]

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Forillon National Park: tip of the nose.

  “If you do not go around the peninsula, you have not seen the Gaspé.” The woman at the visitor’s center was adamant. “You must go around the peninsula; it will be worth doing.” For a momentito, I had flirted with the notion of cutting off the nose of the peninsula and heading south into […]

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Camping in the Gaspesie–plus a serendipitous encounter

  Smack in the middle of the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec is a large hunk of green. This is the Parc Nationale de la Gaspésie. A national park, I think. Yahoo! I can use my Canadian national park pass and not pay the daily entrance fee. Nope. This is a national park of QUEBEC, which […]

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