Birthplace of Canada

179, montée de Wakeham, C.P. 5117
Gaspé (Quebec) Canada
G4X 1V3

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Made up of one original heritage building and six reconstructed buildings, this site offers a representation of the heart of the village of Gaspé as it was in 1900. It includes a warehouse, tavern, photo shop, general store, seaplane base, residence and navy base.

The buildings are inhabited by costumed characters representing the people who marked the history of Gaspé. Each building includes an interpretation zone that features artefacts from private collections, interpretive panels and historical re-enactments.

Including works of art and other items, this site offers a perspective on the history of Gaspé in a setting full of contemporary accents.

Many free activities are offered throughout the season. You can wander through the site and visit the costumed characters in each building from June to September. Activities open to the general public are also organized in collaboration with local partners throughout the summer.

The historical site completes the Birthplace of Canada project, which includes a heritage trail in downtown Gaspé, a printed guide (available in our gift shop and from our partners) and a mobile application. The Birthplace of Canada app is available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Opening dates

June to late September


Access to buildings, guided tours and activities: daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Heritage trail and outdoor access to site: open at all times.


Voluntary contribution for access to buildings; $5.50/person for groups of 10+ (free for attendants); free access to heritage trail and outdoor site; free mobile app


Recommended for groups

Payment methods

  • Visa  Visa
  • MasterCard  MasterCard
  • Interac  Interac
  • Cash  Cash

Activities available

Interpretation Sites
Reconstruction of the village of Gaspé, including an original heritage building. Jacques Cartier’s Cross Monument. Interpretive activities with guides in period costumes. Program of events and shows. Guided tours available for groups.
Maritime Heritage
The site is strategically located on the banks of the York River, near Gaspé Bay. Reconstruction of buildings formerly located in Gaspé, the Birthplace of Canada, including a seaplane base, semaphore and navy base.


  • Childrens playground
  • Picnic area
  • Pets allowed on leashes only
  • Bar
  • Boutique
  • Free parking
  • Other:

How to get there

Located in downtown Gaspé, across the street from the Place Jacques Cartier shopping centre. Parking is available in the municipal parking area on Rue Harbour.

Space for two buses to stop alongside the site on Route 198 (Montée de Wakeham).

The site and all buildings are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Affiliations and distinctions


  • Tourisme Gaspésie
  • Gaspé Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
  • Culture Gaspésie
  • Québec Museums Association (SMQ)
  • Certified by Kéroul (accessible to people with physical disabilities)

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