The Mi’gmaq were known as Gesgapegiawag, or the wandering people, after years of nomadic life in search of land as foretold by the elders. They finally came upon this land of which a child had dreamt of and established a community on the estuary of the Gesgapegiag River, where the river widens and turns to salt. Their leader, Wagatasg, chose this area for its richness and beauty. It is a place which the Spirit has set aside for its children.
Culture and entertainment tourism represents the greatest opportunity for Gesgapegiag to grow as a destination. Venues, events, attractions and festivals large and small are an integral part of Gesgapegiag’s image, culture, reputation, economic prosperity, fun and cultural vitality.
Tourism Gesgapegiag works closely with private and public sector partners to develop Gesgapegiag as a culture and entertainment destination.
Meet the Team
Results from community engagement and consultation sessions determined that the Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Band would respond to the needs and interests of the community by focusing on Tourism as one of three identified priorities. The Aboriginal cultural tourism sector is growing, which is why it is a priority within Gesgapegiag’s Strategic Plan for Economic Development. This led to the creation of an official Tourism Initiative pursued by Gesgapegiag’s Economic Development Department. Three new positions were created in order to do so: Tourism Manager, Tourism Coordinator and Relais de la Cache Manager.
Samuel McInnis Major
Samuel’s interest for the Gaspésie region is without any doubts. Born and raised nearby Montreal, he never missed an occasion to come here. His assets will help Micmacs of Gesgapegiag to develop a long-term and sustainable tourism sector.
Raised in Gesgapegiag, Walter will be at the front of Gesgapegiag’s Tourism sector development. Fluent in Mi’gmaq, English and French, he will be able to share with our new clients and tourists everything that makes Gesgapegiag such a wonderful First Nation community. Walter will also be managing the day-to-day operations of our newly acquired property, Chalets de l’Anse Ste-Helene.
Most recently, Gesgapegiag has purchased two properties. First, Les Chalets de l’Anse Ste-Hélène which is a renowned chalet rental property with bayside lodging that includes an iconic chalet-boat replicating one of Jacques Cartier’s vessels. Second, Le Relais de la Cache situated along the Route 299 nestled up river amongst picturesque mountain views.
Chalets de l’Anse Ste-Hélène
As of September, 2017, the Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Band are the proud new owners of this beautiful property. We offer accommodations for various sized groups all year round. The Grande Hermine is a replica of the boat that was used by Jacques Cartier during his voyage to North America and more specifically the Chaleur Bay.
Relais de la Cache
Le Relais de la Cache was recently re-acquired by the Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Band and features lodging, a fuel station and a small restaurant to accommodate hunters, anglers and snowmobilers.