Jack’s Walk

Barachois, Gaspe Peninsula©voyager, all rights reserved

This is one of two public beaches in a small community that sits on the northern edge of the Malbaie Salt Marsh called Barachois, which fittingly means salt marsh in French. We don’t come to this beach very often because it is mostly sand an I find sandy beaches pretty boring. I’d much rather go to a stony beach where you can beach-comb for treasure. I’ve found all sorts of interesting things on the beaches of Gaspe; fossils, agates, seaglass (I have a large collection of this), pretty stones only some of which I can identify, bones and driftwood. I collect and then negotiate with my husband about how much I am allowed to take home. As a result I have collections here and there. At home I’ve made a little beach that grows year by year, but here my treasures mostly live in jars because the real beach is so close by. I say you can keep your groomed white sand beaches. Give me the sticks and stones and bones on a beach full of treasure.


  1. Ice Swimmer says

    The logs give the beach more character.

    I love that there’s a bit of air perspective in this.

  2. rq says

    The ‘negotiate with my husband’ part sounds so awfully familiar… He keeps telling me I should sort the current collection, but it’s already sorted into three nice boxes.
    I’ve found some nice things on (ungroomed -- who grooms a beach??) sandy beaches, but I have to say, riverbeds are better (more rocks!). Alas, we have few rocky beaches, just up near Estonia. They got most of the rocks in general.

  3. rq says

    Also I just spotted the two people in the distance and got a new sense of scale and perspective. Enjoying the sun, I expect…?

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