Swimming and relaxing
From Matapédia to Port-Daniel – Gascons
Because of its tremendous beauty and its exceptional quality, the Chaleur Bay is part of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club. Protected from the wind, the bay offers a microclimate resulting in warm waters. Now is the time to go for a swim and relax on the long beaches.
Battle-of-the-Ristigouche and Miguasha
You must visit The Battle of the Ristigouche National Historic Site of Canada which commemorates the last naval battle between France and England for the possession of the New France in 1760. In Escuminac, turn right on the Pointe-de-Miguasha road that leads to the Parc national de Miguasha. This park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, preserves a fossil rich cliff with a worlwide reputation since its discovery in the 1800s.
The Carleton-sur-Mer seaside resort with its beaches, its grandiose sea and mountain sceneries as well as the mild climate of the bay will seduce you. The Oratoire Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Saint-Joseph is standing on the 555 m of Mont Saint-Joseph. Entering Maria, you will see the wigwam-shaped church of the Gesgapegiag Micmac community.
Follow the Cascapédia River, on Route 299, visit the Musée de la rivière Cascapédia. In the heart of New Richmond, at the mouth of the Petite rivière Cascapédia, you have to see the Pointe Taylor Park. Relaxation guaranteed at the beach or at the marina with picnic areas, canoe and kayak rental, and restaurant services. Take Saint-Edgar road and get to the Station touristique Pin Rouge and to the village of Saint-Edgar. While crossing the Cascapédia River, notice a covered bridge dating back to 1938.
Caplan and Bonaventure
In Caplan, the roadside rest area invites you to take a break, so you can relax and contemplate a magnificent setting. Take a break in Saint-Siméon and enjoy a splendid view of the bay, the barachois and the Havre de Pêche du Ruisseau-Leblanc. In Bonaventure, you will find a perfect beach to swim in the warm waters of the Chaleur Bay. Enjoy canoeing, kayaking or salmon fishing on the Bonaventure River, where you will be dazzled by its extraordinary clear water. In Saint-Elzéar, visit the oldest grotto in Québec.
New Carlisle and Paspébiac
New Carlisle, René Lévesque"s birthplace, has ericted a statue to his memory in the municipal park. Beach, boardwalk and bird sanctuary. Look for the fire hydrants. ;-)
In Paspébiac, the beach sector offers a welcoming landscape with a lighted boardwalk and long chairs for you to relax, and you will also find hiking trails along the bay and the barachois. At the Pointe-aux-Corbeaux (Hope), where you can admire a prominent rock outcrop that has a hole carved in its base. Just before arriving in Saint-Godefroi, a lovely red sand beach offers a spectacular view of the Shigawake cliff and Saint-Godefroi. Port-Daniel will charm you with its remarkable bay and a serviced beach awaits you in the magnificent hamlet of L'Anse-McInnis. Visit the Maison LeGrand and the hundred-year-old train station. In Gascons, discover a park in the memory of the Colborne wreck alongside a hiking trail on the seashore, and lookouts.
Activities of this circuit
La Savonnerie du Village - Économusée de la savonnerieThe Chaleur Bay
Museums and historic sites
Musée acadien du QuébecThe Chaleur Bay
Pêche sportive Baie-des-ChaleursThe Chaleur Bay
Sliding sports and snowshoeing
Station touristique Pin RougeThe Chaleur Bay