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Canada, Quebec – Saguernay and Gaspé (and an unexpected Channel Islands connection)

A visit to the quite remote area of Saguernay and Gaspé in Quebec City. As both places are quite small I chose to walk in their respective national parks to try and make amends for all the good food I’ve been eating on the ship. It was great to get some fresh air and enjoy the scenery.

Parc du Saguernay

Florillon National Park – Gaspé

I was surprised to learn that many of the original settlers in Gaspé came from Jersey and Guernsey – where I lived and worked for a few years back in the 1990s. As a result I saw many Jersey surnames I recognised. They fished cod and then salted it and shipped it to Portugal and Spain (I ate a fair bit of salted cod in Portugal as it is still popular there). There is even a cemetery specifically for those who came from the Channel Islands. Who knew?