Discover La Mitis in the Fall, at the Gateway to Gaspésie
Here is a suggested itinerary for a 4-day road trip in the La Mitis area, in Gaspésie, in the fall. Magnificent gardens, historic village centres, natural beauty and the majestic St. Lawrence... so much to enjoy while on vacation!
Day 1 – Welcome to La Mitis: Mont-Joli and Sainte-Flavie
Start off your vacation in La Mitis by exploring the Murmures de la Ville, a walking tour of murals, public art and heritage buildings in Mont-Joli.
Next, visit Mitis Distillery! Discover unique spirits inspired by the La Mitis area made with local ingredients, including their flagship product, Gin Mugo, which is produced in collaboration with the Reford Gardens and was awarded a Double Gold medal in 2019 at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. Tastings and guided tours of the distillery are also available.
Then, go down the Flavie-Drapeau road to Sainte-Flavie and take a stroll along the 132 to take the time to visit the many art galleries and walk between the statues emerging from the sea at the Centre d'art Center Marcel Gagnon (until October 9). The ancestral houses and the old presbytery will charm you.
End the day watching the sunset on the beach or from the dock.
Local flavours to try: Savour smoked and marinated fish from Poissonnerie de La Mitis, beers from Le Ketch microbrewery, renowned seafood dishes from the Sainte-Flavie canteen, honey wines from the hydromellerie du Vieux moulin.
One of the murals along the Murmures de la Ville, a walking tour of murals and public art in Mont-Joli. Photo: Gaétan Morissette
Day 2 – At the confluence of the Mitis River and the St. Lawrence
Discover a beautiful natural environment as you explore the eight short hiking trails in Parc régional de la rivière Mitis. You will be able to observe the surrounding vegetation and various species of birds. Totaling a little over 3 km, these trails allow you to discover the park’s ecosystems in a marsh and forest and will then take you down to a wide beach along Mitis Bay. Take the time to stop and soak up the superb view of the St. Lawrence!
Take the time to explore Métis-sur-Mer, one of the most beautiful villages in Québec! Take a book and a good coffee at the Café sur mer and relax to the sound of the waves.
Other options for activities: Maurice Lamontagne Institute (marine sciences centre), the Mitiwee trail that connects Grand-Métis to Price along the Mitis River
Local flavours to try: Try the homemade gelato made with local ingredients from the Atelier culinaire Pierre-Olivier Ferry in Métis-sur-Mer.
Métis-sur-Mer. Photo: Nancy Guignard
Day 3 – Grand-Métis and its gardens
Located at the confluence of the Mitis River and the St. Lawrence, the magnificent Reford Gardens combine art and nature. A national historic site of Canada, this plant paradise features 3000 species and varieties of plants. You can also enjoy a meal at the gourmet Estevan Lodge restaurant as well as at the Le Bufton restaurant or the Garden Café. Do not forget to visit the garden tools museum and the other permanent exhibitions! Open until October 1.
Other options for activities: Artisanal soap at the Mousse de mer soap factory in Saint-Octave-de-Métis, fruit picking at Les P’tits fruits champêtres in Mont-Joli
Local flavours to try: Seafood dishes from Gaspésiana in Sainte-Flavie
Estevan Lodge, in the Reford Gardens. Photo: Marjelaine Sylvestre
Day 4 – Caves in La Rédemption
Behind a magical wood and steel doorway, walk through the underground tunnel called Spéos de la Fée in the caves of La Rédemption. Descend into the depths of the cave safely on the via ferrata and learn about the rock formations by asking your guide questions. You will go 47 meters underground. Take advantage of this unique experience in Quebec! Until September 24 only.
Other options for activities: quadding or hiking on Mount Saint-Pierre in La Redemption