The sea, the mountains, the road and you: this is what awaits you along the legendary Gaspésie Tour! Here are 10 must-see spots where you can stop to soak up spectacular scenery and stretch your legs.
Métis-sur-Mer, a century-old village
The remarkable architecture and seaside setting of Métis-sur-Mer, a century-old resort area, make it one of the most beautiful villages in Québec. To fully soak up the beauty of this area, turn off Route 132 onto Rue Beach (which becomes Rue Principale) and drive along the coast to the rest area at the foot of Rue de l’Église. Be sure to also make a stop at the village café!
L'Anse-Pleureuse Lake, Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis
Just outside the village of Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis, keep an eye out for Route 198, which intersects with Route 132. Turn off onto it (towards Murdochville) and stop at the nearby L’Anse-Pleureuse rest area, one of the most beautiful in Gaspésie. The sight of the lake surrounded by mountains is one you’ll never forget!
L’Anse-Pleureuse rest area. Photo: Tourisme Gaspésie
Scenic rest area, Grande-Vallée
Typical of the north side of the Gaspé Peninsula, the villages that nestle in the coves along the coast give this area a special charm. Located just outside the village of Grande-Vallée, around a bend in the road, this scenic rest area offers a picture-perfect view.
Grande-Vallée rest area. Photo: CHOK Images
Cap-Bon-Ami, Forillon National Park (Gaspé)
From the vantage point of Cap Bon Ami in Forillon National Park, you can breathe in the salty sea air and admire the reddish cliffs plunging into the sea. To go for a stroll along the water, take the stairs down to a beautiful pebble beach where you can observe several species of seabirds.
Cap-Bon-Ami. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis
Indian Head Rock, Saint-Georges-de-Malbaie
Have you ever seen a face in a rock? In Saint-Georges-de-Malbaie, between Gaspé and Percé, stop at the Indian Head Rock rest area to admire this unusual cliff by the water shaped like the profile of a First Nations man’s face. You can also read about the legend associated with this site.
Indian Head Rock. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis
Pic de l’Aurore, Percé
Just before you arrive in Percé, after a series of curves in the road, the Pic de l’Aurore rest area provides views of legendary Percé Rock as well as an impressive cape with a cliff that plunges into the sea. This is a great place to admire the complex geology of this area.
Pic de l'Aurore. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis
Côte Surprise, Percé
On the east side of the village of Percé, be sure to stop at the Côte Surprise rest area. Its name (which means “surprise hill”) refers to the surprising and breathtaking view it offers of famous Percé Rock.
Beaubassin marina and beach, Bonaventure
In Bonaventure, the river of the same name flows into Chaleur Bay, where a sandbar juts out into the mouth of the river, forming a barachois (a coastal lagoon). Take the time to admire the sailboats and other vessels moored in these sheltered waters. You can also go for a dip in the warm waters of Chaleur Bay at Beaubassin Beach.
Beaubassin Beach. Photo: Tourisme Gaspésie
Pointe Tracadigache, Carleton-sur-Mer
Avenue du Phare, which will take you out to Pointe Tracadigache, offers magnificent views of the barachois in Carleton-sur-Mer. A bike path runs the length of the avenue; you’ll also find a beach and campground along the way. A beautiful lighthouse is located at the tip of the point.
Carleton-sur-Mer Lighthouse. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis
Covered bridge, Routhierville
The Matapédia Valley is famous for its salmon rivers and numerous covered bridges. In Routhierville, a small hamlet south of Causapscal, be sure to take a brief detour to drive over the longest covered bridge still in use in Eastern Québec!
Routhierville covered bridge. Photo: JCLemay photo
Discover these fabulous views as you tour the Gaspé Peninsula!