Just off the eastern coast of Gaspésie (in French, “Land’s End”), sits the small island of Bonaventure. No longer inhabited, it was once a thriving fishing village of Irish settlers who braved the fiercely cold North Atlantic to build a new life in the new world.
Bonaventure’s citizens embraced the beautiful solitude of the island, learning and preserving its every plant and creature. They were known to be friendly, eccentric people whose love of nature gained the admiration of the Québecois living on the mainland.
Today those pioneers would be happy to see the handfuls of tourists who take a tumultuous boatride during the brief summer season to walk their paths, visit their houses, and see the animals whose homes have still never been disturbed.