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Top 5 – Historic places to visit during fall in Gaspésie

To ensure you miss nothing of Gaspésie’s history and culture, here are 5 places to visit this fall during your trip in the region. 

The Reford Gardens
Regardless of the season, the Reford Gardens are a small wonder to discover. Created by Elsie Reford between 1926 and 1958, there are more than 300 species of plants in more than 15 distinct zones. In the heart of the gardens, the Estevan Lodge recounts the family stays in this oasis where salmon fishing, strolls in the gardens, and receptions occupied the time.

Le Musée de la Gaspésie 
Open year-round, the Musée de la Gaspésie highlights Gaspesian history and heritage. With the permanent exhibit Gaspésie… A Grand Journey! you will go on a trip around Gaspésie by going back in time. Discover the Mi’kmaq, the arrival of Jacques-Cartier, the trade in salt-dried cod, and much more. New this year, a virtual reality experience presenting a day of fishing aboard a Gaspé longliner, a boat typical of the region. Not to be missed is the temporary exhibit Greetings from the Gaspé! which tells the story of thousands of tourists in the Gaspé region from 1850 to 1980, with photos and artifacts.

Photo : Musée de la Gaspésie

Site historique du Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac
Relive the era of cod fishing! The Site historique du Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac includes 11 buildings which you access via walking on boardwalks. The costumed characters with colourful accents will enable you to discover in turn the fishing, the mending of nets, the work of forge and cooperage, as well as the marine construction stories. Be sure to stop by the restaurant to taste the typical dishes.

Le Musée acadien du Québec 
The permanent exhibit of the Musée acadien du Québec tells the story of Acadians in Québec. Learn more about the moving story of their deportation, their culture, their way of life, and their connection to the province. Indeed, many villages and family names today bear witness to the Acadian presence. Perhaps you will discover that you may have Acadian roots.

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Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site
The Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site commemorates the last naval battle between France and Great Britain for the possession of New France. On the way to supply the troops based in Québec City, the vessel the Machault travelled to Chaleur Bay, where it sank. At this historic site, see the wreck and learn more about these events. Please note that admission is free this year as it is a location managed by Parks Canada.

From Micmac culture, to the contemporary history of the region, including cod fishing and the French regime, several other sites invite you to discover Gaspesian culture and history. Add this to your calendar this fall! #gaspesielautumn

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