A great time in Gaspe – immersing yourself in Canadian history, the origins of New France, and transforming into a popular fishing area. In 1534 Jacques Cartier found a safe harbor in Gaspé Bay and erected a cross, claiming the land for King Francis I of France. This marks the beginning of the French presence in North America. In 1934, the Canadian government commissioned the installation of a monolithic granite cross in Gaspé, for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Jacques Cartier in Gaspé as of July 24, 1534. Once again, our folding bikes came in handy on a trip around the town and on a long journey to Sandy Beach by a beautiful bike path along the bay.