An ever-changing community
See how the Carleton-sur-Mer area has advanced by exploring six major historical milestones. Discover how its name and inhabitants have evolved over time, from the first Mi’gmaq to the citizens of today, by way of the initial settlers of Acadian origin and the pioneers who colonised the backcountry.
Carleton-sur-Mer today stretches from the Saint-Omer sector in the west, including the former village of Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague in the north, to the Maria headlands in the east. A cornerstone community in the Chaleur Bay area, a sub-region of the south shore of the Gaspé Peninsula, it is bordered by two natural gems: Mont Saint-Joseph (555 m) to the north and Chaleur Bay to the south. It also holds two salt marshes, one in the Saint-Omer sector and the other in Carleton. These shallow lagoons, embraced by coastal sandspits, are places of great beauty. They are richly biodiverse habitats, and delightful playgrounds for outdoor sport enthusiasts and birdwatchers.