Are you looking for outdoor sports adventures? Here is a suggested itinerary for a 7-day trip around the Gaspé Peninsula that will wow you!
Day 1 – Hike in the mountains in Parc national de la Gaspésie
Duration of drive: 45 minutes from Parc national de la Gaspésie to Tourelle
Discover the Chic-Chocs by climbing Mount Albert or Mount Jacques-Cartier, two of the 22 peaks over 1000 metres high in Parc national de la Gaspésie.
Accommodations: A festive seaside youth hostel, the Sea Shack offers you the option of camping on the beach or staying in a dorm or cabin, not to mention hanging out at the fun Tiki Bar!
Other options for activities: Eskamer Aventure, Village Grande Nature Chic-Chocs, Carrefour Aventure
Local flavour to try: Savour a pint of Le Malbord beer at this microbrewery’s pub in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts or grab a can to enjoy a drink by the sea!
More lodging and activities options in La Haute-Gaspésie.
Parc national de la Gaspésie. Photo: Roger St-Laurent
Day 2 – Hang-gliding and sunset paddle boarding
Duration of drive: 30 minutes from Tourelle to Mont-Saint-Pierre and then 2 hours from Mont-Saint-Pierre to L’Anse-au-Griffon
Go hang-gliding in Mont-Saint-Pierre with Vue du Ciel or Les Passagers du vent.
End your day with a sunset paddleboard excursion in the Penouille sector at Forillon National Park.
Accommodations: The Griffon Aventure hostel, which strives to be a model of sustainable development, offers camping, dorms, rustic cabins and a bar overlooking the sea.
Other options for activities: Cap Aventure, Aube sur Mer, York Expédition
Local flavour to try: Le Marché des Saveurs Gaspésiennes offers products from Gaspésie. Stock up on cheeses, cold meats, pastries and breads for a picnic.
More lodging and activities options in La Côte-de-Gaspé.
Photo: Vue du Ciel
Day 3 – River canyoning and beach fun
Duration of drive: 75 minutes from L’Anse-au-Griffon to Coin-du-Banc
Enjoy a day of canyoning with Griffon Aventures before heading to Percé and ending your day on the beach at Coin-du-Banc.
Accommodations: Camp de Base Gaspésie is a popular meeting place for outdoor enthusiasts. It offers 10 rooms in an old-fashioned lodge and 3 cabins.
Other options for activities: Percé UNESCO Global Geopark, Les Croisières Julien Cloutier and Les Bateliers de Percé,
Local flavour to try: Savour Pit Caribou beers at the pub of the same name in the heart of the village of Percé or on a magnificent patio overlooking the sea at the microbrewery in L’Anse-à-Beaufils.
More lodging and activities options in Le Rocher-Percé.
Photo: Griffon Aventure
Day 4 – Kayaking and Percé Rock
Duration of drive: 2.25 hours from Percé to Maria
See Percé Rock from a different angle in a kayak with Avolo Plein Air or Camp de Base Gaspésie and visit the many attractions of Percé before driving on to Maria.
Accommodations: A stone’s throw from the beach in Maria, Auberge du Marchand offers rooms, studios and apartments as well as a re
Other options for activities: Club nautique de Percé, Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé
Local flavour to try: Along the way, stop in at Ferme Bourdages Tradition to purchase delicious strawberry or rhubarb wines and many other treats!
More lodging and activities options in La Baie-des-Chaleurs (Bonaventure).
Avolo plein air. Photo: Roger St-Laurent
Day 5 – Fishing for striped bass
Duration of drive: 20 minutes from Maria to Carleton-sur-Mer
Go sea fishing for striped bass with Pêche sportive Baie des Chaleurs.
Accommodations: Located by the sea in the heart of Carleton-sur-Mer, L’Auberg’Inn offers dorms, lofts and a rental house.
Other options for activities: Écovoile Baie-des-Chaleurs, Authentique Gaspésie, Parc régional du Mont-Saint-Joseph
Local flavour to try: Savour a beer from Le Naufrageur on the microbrewery’s patio in Carleton-sur-Mer or buy their beers in bottles at the minimart next door and enjoy them wherever you want! More options
More lodging and activities options in La Baie-des-Chaleurs (Avignon).
Photo: Pêche sportive Baie-des-Chaleurs
Day 6 – River canoeing
Duration of drive: 45 minutes from Carleton-sur-Mer to Matapédia
Discover waterfalls and sites that are otherwise inaccessible during a day of canoeing with Nature Aventure or extend the fun by going on a canoe-camping trip.
Accommodations: Entirely made of wood, the Camp de Bûcherons offers rooms and lofts in the heart of the forest.
Other options for activities: International Appalachian Trail, Route des Belvédères (scenic drive)
Local flavour to try: The microbrewery La Captive is located in a historic building in the Matapédia Valley that once housed the town’s police station, jail and fire station. Enjoy a beer with aromas from the region.
Photo: Nature Aventure
Day 7 –Salmon fishing
Duration of drive: 40 minutes from Matapédia to Causapscal
If you have never been salmon fishing before, participate in an introductory day of salmon fishing with the Matapédia and Patapédia Rivers Management Corporation or go fishing on your own on one of the three rivers in this area.
Accommodations: Built of logs and overlooking the river, the Auberge-Pourvoirie de la rivière Matapédia (Matapedia River Lodge Outfitter) welcomes you for an overnight stay or a salmon-fishing package.
Other options for activities: Site des Chute et Marais (interpretation centre), Parc régional de la Seigneurie du Lac Matapédia, La Chute à Philomène
Local flavour to try: Don’t miss the raspberry liqueurs, mistelles and wines made by La Vallée de la Framboise economuseum in Val-Brillant and be sure to try their famous homemade slush!
More lodging and activities options in La Matapédia.
Photo: Dany Vachon
Please note that this itinerary is intended for information purposes only; it is not a package. It proposes a tour of the Gaspé Peninsula starting on the south side (and going counterclockwise around the region). This itinerary is meant to inspire you and may be modified as you wish.
Use this selection of activities to inspire your own itinerary around the Gaspé Peninsula! Be sure to also check out our Family Discoveries and Outdoor Family Fun itineraries.