The Gaspésie Tour: A Grand Adventure
Want to experience something extraordinary? Then set off on an epic 885-km road trip! Soak up spectacular scenery throughout Gaspésie featuring the sea, beaches, cliffs, mountains and rivers. Chat with the locals, who will welcome you with warm smiles and open arms.
Stop in the region’s many restaurants and shops, and feast on delights from the sea, land and forest. Dance, sing or relax until the wee hours under an infinitely starry sky. Are you ready for this grand adventure?
Percé Rock: An Iconic Landmark
Come and see for yourself this imposing rock that everyone talks about! Located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, famous Percé Rock was once connected to the continent and had three arches: it now proudly displays its single remaining arch.
Admire it from various angles, from the village of Percé or in a boat. Be sure to also visit its neighbour, Bonaventure Island, in the same national park, which shelters thousands of nesting northern gannets every year.
Chic-Chocs Mountains: An Outdoor Paradise
Hiking enthusiasts and fans of winter mountain sports will love the Chic-Chocs! Let yourself be surprised by these singularly shaped mountains, with flat peaks and steep slopes, which run parallel to the St. Lawrence.
Climb or descend the trails in Parc national de la Gaspésie, which is home to more than 25 peaks over 1000 metres high, or explore the International Appalachian Trail. Enjoy fishing and watching game in wildlife reserves (Chic-Chocs and Matane)… and be prepared for the unexpected!
Forillon: Wild Beauty
Open all your senses as you explore the wild beauty of the Forillon Peninsula, which is now protected by a national park. Take in magnificent views from the park’s lookouts and observe local geological phenomena and formations that have witnessed 450 million years of history.
Admire the cliffs of the easternmost part of the Appalachian mountain range. Watch thousands of seabirds and the rich wildlife found in Forillon’s boreal forest… and befriend curious seals along the shore.
Sea and Rivers: Relaxation... or Adventure!
Are you looking forward to exploring the waters of Gaspésie? Whether fresh or salty, they offer many opportunities for relaxation and adventure. Experience the sea through activities such as swimming in the temperate waters of Chaleur Bay, sailing, kitesurfing, whale watching, scuba diving or fishing from a wharf or at sea.
Wildlife: Incredible and Unforgettable Encounters!
Keep your camera ready, because you will want proof when you tell stories of your wildlife encounters in Gaspésie! Out at sea, play hide and seek with seals, watch gigantic whales appear over the horizon or dive underwater to see fish and crustaceans up close.
Visit the largest and most accessible northern gannet colony in the world. Spot river salmon, moose, black bears and white-tailed deer, not to mention the only caribou herd south of the St. Lawrence!
History and Heritage: Gaspesian Identity
Come and visit beautifully preserved heritage sites. Their walls have many stories to tell… including incredible fishing tales! Plunge into the heart of what has forged Gaspesian identity to better understand and appreciate it in all its authenticity.
Discover important witnesses to the past, including the Reford Gardens; Gaspé, the Birthplace of Canada; Parc national de Miguasha, a paleontological site; various interpretation sites and museums; and picturesque lighthouses, fishing harbours and coastal villages.
Gastronomy: Distinctive Flavours
Satisfy your appetite as you savour delicious and carefully crafted dishes featuring ingredients from the sea, land and forests of Gaspésie. Local restaurants prepare the region’s most popular products (lobster, crab and shrimp) with a unique know-how and innovate with marine delicacies such as seaweed.
Microbreweries, which are a must-stop for hops lovers, will delight you with their high-quality products and friendly atmosphere. To be sure not to miss anything, follow the Gaspésie Gourmande and the Saveurs du Bas-Saint-Laurent gourmet tours!
Festivals and Events: Bringing People Together
There is always something to do and a good reason to gather on the Gaspé Peninsula! Surrender to the festive spirit that reigns around bonfires, on patios as well as in bars, show venues and even people’s homes!
Let yourself be enchanted by the enthusiasm of the locals, who organize a wide variety of distinctive events throughout the year. Once you have attended some of these festivals and sporting events, you will want to tell everybody about them!
Winter Fun: Lots of Powder Snow
Seven metres of annual snowfall, an enchanting winter wonderland and tons of powder snow… this is what awaits you in Gaspésie! Both extreme sports enthusiasts and winter lovers will be thrilled by the exceptional conditions for cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, telemarking, snowshoeing or snowkiting on the frozen sea.
Snowmobilers, experience pure joy as you explore over 3 000 km of marked and groomed trails. To cap off a perfect day, enjoy a hot and comforting typical Gaspesian meal…