Originally settled in the 1790s by French-Canadian and Irish families, Rivière-au-Renard is located on the banks of a large open bay on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence at the eastern end of the Gaspé Peninsula. The town was originally populated by immigrants from Ireland, mostly those who remained in the area following the sinking of the one of immigrant ships, the Carricks of Whitehaven, which went down off Cap-des-Rosiers in 1847. Of the 187 passengers on board, 87 perished at sea and 100 survivors were taken in by families in the village.

We stopped in Rivière-au-Renard to visit the marine supplies story, the only one in the area. Unfortunately, the store was closed today and we will have to wait until tomorrow for shopping. In our free time, we worked on the boat, filled up with diesel and water, performed CTD cast in the marina, did some grocery shopping and laundry, and explored the area using our folding bikes.

Marina (Club Nautique Forillon) office with the construction of the observation tower
Marina from the fishing port
Fishermen on rest
Fishing tools
Scul and fishbone
“Fishing pirates”
Fishing nets
Lightened cross and chapel on the hill
Saint-Martin Chirch
Reaching the cross on the hill.
Fishing port from the hill
The marina and our boat from the hill
Rivière-au-Renard as we see it.
CTD cast in the marina during the high tide.
CTD cast in the marine during the high tide: well-seen temperature negative and salinity positive gradients with depth, normal DO saturation (95-97)%, higher transmittance attenuation (0.005-0.015)m-1 and Chla concentration (5-20)ug/L and fDOM (7-8)ppb. Interesting phenomena of noisy Chla and fDOM measurements in the top 1m depth, probably, sourced by the close presence of the servicing dock.

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