To the great pleasure of Lord Dalhousie, Young was successful in capturing the atmosphere that reined in Bay Chaleur. Lord Dalhousie wrote the following in his diary on 18 August 1826 upon arriving in the Gaspé.
"We have the fullest enjoyment of this extraordinary and highly romantic scene. Pointed pinnacle rocks on each hand & a wild barren shore unfit for cultivation or habitation of man. It affords however support in summer to fishermen. Of these appears a considerable population, at this time busily occupied numberless boats, hawling up their lines with mechanical rapidly of hand over hand, & a swing of the body that by habit enables them to task of bringing up a heavy fish almost every minute. I watched them with my glass with great interest until nearly blind."
"Others were dressing and stretching the cod to dry on the clean shingle beach. Others spreading the herring nets & cleaning the catch of the last night. An abominable smell of fish & boiling oil, however, impregnated the air on this most delightful day."
Chaleur Bay, named by the explorer Jacques Cartier, is an arm of the Gulf of the St Lawrence in the Gaspé Peninsula and is a natural spawning area for many species of fish.