- Riviere La-Madeline
Fran shopping at the fish processing plant
Fish processing plant
Walking the commercial fishing pier with Lee
Afterwards, we walked some of the village, stopping at the fish processing plant to buy some fresh ocean perch and salmon. Later, we were excited to watch four of the Transat mono hull sailboat racing fleet roar past with their enormous spinnakers flying. In late afternoon, the wind died down and the sun was hot enough for me to put on shorts for the first time in about 10 days or so. After dinner, their was a local singer putting on a concert by the marina clubhouse with her lovely voice carrying over across the docks.
As we entered the Baie de Gaspe, the water turned dead calm setting us up for a feast of nature for our eyes. First we saw and followed groups of three and five humpback whales, minke whales and many porpoises. All were easy to spot with the calm water, but not so easy to photograph. It took us a good hour to transit the length of Baie de Gaspe and we spent the bulk of that time with binoculars glued to our eyes following the activities of the whales and porpoises. What a thrill.
Jacques Cartier stopped at Gaspe on June 24, 1534 and took possession of the area, erecting a wooden cross with the King’s Coat of Arms on it. Following the Treaty of Paris in 1783, British officers and soldiers acquired free land in the area and they were later joined by many Loyalist settlers. Gaspe quickly became an important commercial fishing centre for cod.
42 Ton granite cross to commemorate 400th
anniversary of Jacques Cartier's arrival in Gaspe
Today also happens to be my birthday. I received calls from our daughters and some grand children. Fran also prepared the most wonderful seafood crepes ever and the crews of Wings and Encore joined us for dinner to help celebrate the occasion. I also received many emails and Facebook birthday wishes. What a magnificent way to spend a birthday. I couldn’t have asked for more.
Birthday dinner celebration