Top 5 – Sites to Immerse Yourself in the History of Gaspésie
Travel back in time and meet friendly people! Visit 5 historic sites where you can interact with characters in period costume.
Centre socioculturel Manoir Le Boutillier, L’Anse-au-Griffon (Gaspé)
Go on a guided tour of Manoir Le Boutillier in the company of interpreter guides and discover the busy life of John Le Boutillier over a 40-year period. Find out about this man who fiercely defended the region’s interests as a politician and who was also a self-made businessman at the forefront of the dry salted cod trade (the famous Gaspé cure). You can also visit an exhibit focused on his family history. Built around 1850, the manor has been designated a national historic site of Canada due to its architectural and historical importance.
Blanchette House, Forillon National Park
Travel back in time with costumed interpreters during a visit to the Blanchette House in Forillon National Park. An iconic part of Forillon, the Blanchette family home bears witness to the fishermen-farmers’ traditional way of life at the turn of the 20th century. In addition to the house, you can also visit the fish shed, the woodshed and various structures used by the family to dry cod, as well as the barn, where you can watch a video entitled We Always Looked to the Sea.
Micmac Interpretation Site of Gespeg, Gaspé
Visit a superb site between sea and mountains and enjoy a unique experience with interpreter guides and artisans who are members of the Mi’gmaq Nation. Explore the world of the Mi’gmaq in the interpretation centre and in a faithfully reconstructed 17th-century traditional village and summer camp. Hike along a short trail to see wigwams, fire circles and various utilitarian objects such as hunting traps that bear witness to the Mi’gmaw way of life. You can also visit the permanent exhibit that features first-hand accounts written by the early missionaries and explorers.
Magasin Général Historique Authentique, L’Anse-à-Beaufils
Step back in time as you walk through the doors of an authentic general store full of antique wainscoting as well as shelves stocked with old-time merchandise! Colourful characters in period costume will entertain you with humorous anecdotes about the history of the old Robin, Jones and Whitman store, which dates back to 1928. Tour the store, the office and the warehouse, as well as a barbershop and the smithery, where you can visit a temporary exhibit about fishing. Learn more about the lives of local fishermen and the triangular cod trade, which was the lifeblood of the local economy for nearly two centuries.
Site historique national Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac, Paspébiac
Relive the great adventure of the two largest Jersey fishing companies of the 18th and 19th centuries in Gaspésie! Dressed in period costumes, the historic site’s interpreters will tell you all about the Robin and Le Boutillier Brothers companies, which exported salted dried cod (the Gaspé cure) throughout the world. You can watch traditional shipbuilding, net-mending, blacksmithing and barrel-making demonstrations as well as visit 11 period buildings with exceptional architectural charm. Exhibits and a multimedia presentation also await you on site.
Would you like to learn more about the history of Gaspésie and listen to amazing stories told by colourful characters? Visit tourisme-gaspesie.com to plan your trip!