You know how they say that life is all about the people you surround yourself with?
I am lucky enough to have really great friends – not hundreds, not superfluous ones, but a handful I know I can count on whenever I need them. And I’m so glad I get to have Anne Gauthier in this group.
You see, Anne is a wonderfully talented photographer, who takes great pleasure in capturing the most beautiful sights of this planet, both in our home country and beyond. Needless to say I’m always eagerly awaiting her next photo album on her website! While she holds a degree in computer engineering, she oriented her career towards freelance photography and arts – a dichotomy that says a lot about this audacious, modern and gifted woman.
One of my favorite albums is the one she shot while she was on a roadtrip in one of Quebec’s most beautiful and dramatic regions, la Gaspésie. Because pictures are worth a thousand words, I’ll leave the spotlight to Anne, and her gorgeous photos of Gaspésie.
Gaspésie in located in Eastern Quebec, right above New Brunswick. True to Canadian history, the name comes from the micmac word “Gespeg”, which means end of land. The region has had a very busy history in terms of immigration, which still transpires today in the names, towns, accents and architecture.
Of course, ask any Quebecker to picture Gaspésie, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Rocher Percé. The international icon of Gaspésie!
The region is widely recognized for its stunning and varied landscapes – from the rocky beaches of Baie des chaleurs, to the mountainous areas of Monts Chic-Chocs and Parc Forillon. And with such sights comes a unique fauna, including the iconic goose, reindeers, blue whales and several bird species. Needless to say that Gaspésie is the ideal getaway for nature’s lovers of all kinds – paradise found!
Lighthouses were always an important part of the architectural heritage of the region, because the rocky and unpredictable coasts of the Bay. Some of them date as far back as the mid 1800s! Other interesting sights? The covered bridges, the highest windmill in the world and many others.
Main places you should add to your itinerary? La Baie des chaleurs, Gaspé, Rocher Percé, Mont Chic-Chocs, Parc Forillon, Cap-Chat, Bonaventure Island, Matapédia Valley, and so much more! Make sure to visit Tourisme Gaspésie’s website when you plan your visit in the region. Again, many thanks to Anne Gauthier for her beautiful photographs.
Have you been to Gaspésie before? Or visited other places than the big cities of the province of Quebec?