Gaspe, Quebec, Canada
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The Gaspé Peninsula’s dramatic coastline is punctuated by Percé Rock, an iconic limestone formation that has inspired artists, writers and poets for years and remains one of the country’s top tourist attractions. The name Gaspé is thought to come from a word in the native Mi’kmaq language for \"land’s end,” not surprising because Gaspé’s biggest challenge—and the secret to its unspoiled landscape—is its lack of accessibility. Located hundreds of miles from Montréal and Québec City, Gaspé is in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region of eastern Québec where the Gulf of St. Lawrence meets the Gaspé Basin. The easiest way to visit is by cruise ship (unless you prefer a 17-hour train ride from Montréal, or a pricey domestic flight). You will be richly rewarded when you arrive: Observe the world’s largest northern gannet colony on Bonaventure Island, hike part of the International Appalachian Trail and admire the Cap Bon Ami sea cliffs in Forillon National Park. Beyond partaking in its astonishing terrain and wildlife, find time to enjoy Gaspé’s fresh seafood-centric cuisine, bask in its maritime culture and heritage and trace the footsteps of Jacques Cartier, who landed in Gaspé Bay in 1534, naming the land he had discovered New France.