Friday, August 15, 2014


The weather has been very uncooperative with strong southeast winds so we have stayed put in Gaspé. Tomorrow (Saturday) we hope to leave. Winds are forecast to be Southeast again, but only 10-15 knots. So although the wind will be on our nose for part of it, it should be light enough that seas will be manageable.

Gaspé has been a pleasant stop. The marina is an easy walk to shopping and the downtown and it has all the amenities. The scenery is beautiful and Forillon National Park is nearby. Unfortunately, the pumpout has been out of commission, so we have been using facilities on land as much as possible. We are told the nearest working pumpout is Chandler, so we will head their tomorrow. It should also make a good jumping off point for crossing Chaleur Bay and heading into New Brunswick.

Gaspé is known as a landing spot for Jacques Cartier who erected a wooden cross to claim the land for France in 1534. In 1934 a granite cross was erected to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Cartier. There is a lovely walking trail nearby.

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