August 2, 2013

August 1, 2013 Day 71  Gulf of St. Lawrence and the stunning Gaspe' Peninsula
L’Anse-a-Beaufils Marina
Anse-a-Beaufils, Quebec, Canada

What a fun day! We left our anchorage with Outbound and Esmeralda at 7:45 and traveled about 38 miles in very calm water. (Right before we left, Richard came over by dinghy and surprised us with delicious cinnamon buns. He and Shannon had gone into town last night and found a great bakery!)

Outbound ahead of us on this beautiful coastline!
Cap de Rosier Lighthouse
Carried Away at Gaspe Peninsula
The scenery was spectacular again today with mountains, lighthouses, cliffs, villages, rocks, and wildlife.  (When we get to a marina with wifi, we have some wonderful photos to share.)

Outbound passing Perce' Rock
The striking gannets abound here. Thanks to Lisa for sharing her photo.
We are no longer on the St. Lawrence River but entered the Gulf of St. Lawrence about noon. We passed the famous Perce’ Rock (Rochere Perce’) which means pierced. This huge rock has a large hole in it – like a tunnel. We each took turns taking pictures of each other’s boats by it.  On the other side of the rock is Bonadventure Island, home to thousands of gannets, the world’s largest colony of these nesting seabirds.

By 1:15 we arrived at L’Anse-a-Beaufils marina and managed to find a slip. These marinas are very small and have their own resident boats with few transient slips. They call their docks “landing stages” here!   We did not have a water hook up and only managed to find a 15 amp outlet – so we could at least run the refrigerator and a few lamps.  There is no wifi here!

Lisa and Joyce found many shells and sea glass here
Lisa found a wonderful beach nearby and invited Joyce to join her. They had the best time walking along the beach and were thrilled to find good sea glass among the shells and rocks!  That was an unexpected treasure and it was a relaxing afternoon off the boat.

We cooked dinner on the grill and added a huge tossed salad. Joyce worked on editing photos and Bill did chart plotting. We called it another early evening.