Tips and Tricks
The Gaspésie begins in Sainte-Flavie or Mont-Joli via Highway 20, where Route 132 splits into two to form an itinerary loop of 885 km.
It was at this point that you must choose your route: South or North.
There is no better route, you are assured of magnificent views, from one side to the other.
The Gaspésie covers 30 340.6 km2, and its population numbers 132 700 inhabitants. This area roughly corresponds to that of Belgium, which, however, has a population of 10 million souls.
The Peninsula is bordered by the North by the St. Lawrence estuary, to the South by the Chaleur Bay and to the East by the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
In Québec, tourist regions and directions to services, attractions and activities are indicated on blue road-side signs. For information, see
www.panneaubleu.com and www.tourisme.gouv.qc.ca/signalisation.
If you feel like taking a break or require assistance while on the road, look for the Village-relais signs. These point to towns that, together with local businesses, offer a range of accedited services and a safe and pleasant place to stop. villages-relais.qc.ca.
- Mont-Joli, Cap-Chat, Mont-Louis, Chandler, Paspébiac, Pointe-à-la-Croix and Amqui
Bring warm clothing and a wind-breaker to ensure maximum enjoyment of a boat ride and evening walk along the dock or a mountain hike. In autumn, allow boots if you want to go hiking, snow comes early in national parks and on the summits.
Please note that dogs are not allowed in national parks and wildlife reserves of the SÉPAQ. Everywhere, must be on a leash and pick up his small needs. If you were to leave your dog alone, do not leave it in the car with high temperature. Always choose a shady place to park the car or install sunshade. This will prevent heat stroke which well bring inconvenience to your pet. Several accommodations and all campgrounds accept pets, look for this symbol on this website. For more information www.partoutavecmonchien.com.
Traveling with your dog
Kéroul evaluates establishments' accessibility according to the essential criteria recognized by Tourisme Québec. Kéroul offers a wide range of cultural and tourism information for visitors with impaired mobility. 514 252-3104 or www.keroul.qc.ca
Access for persons with impaired mobility - Kéroul
From mid-July to mid-August, it is important to make your accommodation reservations in advance as this is a very busy period. This approach will avoid many inconveniences.
To make a complaint about tourism services received in Québec, please contact :
Ministère du Tourisme du Québec
1 800 463-5009 (Canada and United States)
or 418 643-5959
Depending on temperature, the beautiful time to enjoy the fall colors is between late September and mid-October.
MosquitoThe mosquito season varies from year to year, dépendemment the weather, but it is located primarily between late May and mid-July. Do not forget to bring your mosquito repellent.
TippingTipping is customary in restaurants, bars and taxis. The amount, which is not included in the bill, generally represents 15% of the total bill before taxes. For quick tip calculations, Quebecers normally add up both taxes. Tipping bellhops or porters is at your discretion (generally, $1 per bag carried).
TaxesTwo taxes apply in Québec: the federal goods and services tax (GST), of 5% and the Québec sales tax (QST), of 9.975%. A tax on accommodation of 3.5 % of the room price per night also applies in Gaspésie.
Road conditionsTo plan your travel or for information on road conditions, call 511 or 1 888 355-0511 or visit quebec511.info.
Electric vehicleIt is possible to go around the Gaspésie with your electric vehicle. Visit www.lecircuitelectrique.com to find the charging stations.
Since Canada uses the metric system, speed limits and distances are indicated in kilometres per hour (km/h) and gasoline is sold by the litre (l).
Driving in Québec
Use of a hand-held cell phone that does not have a "hands-free" function is prohibited while driving.
Winter tires: From December 15 to March 15, all taxis and passenger vehicles registered in Québec must be equipped with winter tires. This requirement also applies to rental passenger vehicles in Québec.
Weather statistics for Mont-Joli
|Average temperature (ºC)||-12,3||-10,9||-5,0||1,6||8,5||14,4||17,5||16,2||11,4||5,3||-0,7||-8,3|
|Montly snowfall (cm)
Annual everage: 350
|Montly rainfall (mm)
Annuel average: 606
Weather Statistics for Gaspé
|Average temperature (ºC)||-11,9||-10,8||-5,0||1,4||7,6||13,2||16,6||15,9||11,1||5,2||-0,6||-7,6|
|Montly snowfall (cm)
Annual everage: 380
|Montly rainfall (mm)
Annuel average: 752
Source : www.meteomedia.com/ca