Tour of the Gaspésie: the great journey
You want something extraordinary? Then depart for 885 kilometres of intensity! Admire the spectacular panoramas of Gaspésie, where sea, beaches, cliffs, mountains and rivers compete for first place. Find company in its people who welcome you with an easy smile and open arms. Take a break in its many restaurants and shops; feast on its marine, agricultural, and foresty treasures. Dance, sing, or relax until the wee hours under an infinitely starry sky! Ready for the big adventure?
Percé Rock: the icon
Come see for yourself this imposing rock that everyone is talking about! Deposited in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this icon was once connected to the continent and had three arches. It now proudly exhibits this single unique arch. Look at it from different points of view, from Percé, or from a boat. Also visit its neighbor and national park partner, Bonaventure Island, where thousands of Northern Gannets nest each year.
Chic-Chocs Mountains: the outdoor paradise
Mountain enthusiasts of hiking or winter sports, this place is your nirvana! Let yourself be surprised by these singularly-shaped mountains, with flat peaks and steep slopes, set parallel to the river. Climb or descend the trails of the Parc national de la Gaspésie, with more than 25 peaks over 1,000 m, or those of the Appalachian International Trail. Enjoy fishing and watching game in wildlife reserves (Chic-Chocs and Matane) and... prepare for the unexpected!
Forillon: the wild beauty
Open up your senses... Walk in the splendor of the Forillon Peninsula, which has become a national park in order to preserve its wild beauty. Climb its lookouts, where the view is magnificent. Observe the phenomena and geological formations here, and witness 450 million years of history. Look at the cliffs of this ultimate extension of the Appalachian in Eastern Gaspésie. Watch for thousands of seabirds and the rich wildlife of its boreal forest. Befriend the curious seals on its banks.
Sea and rivers: the calm... or the adventure!
Want to take off? Whether it be fresh or salt, the waters of Gaspésie soothe and entertain! Experience the marine setting through many activities such as swimming in the temperate waters of Chaleur Bay, sailing, traction kiting, whale watching excursions, diving, fishing at the pier or high seas... Freshwater sailors, explore many clear rivers, some of which are salmon spawning areas. Canoeing, kayaking, canyoning, rafting, diving... you are spoiled for choice!
Wildlife: the incredible but true!
Bring your camera, because even if you describe in detail the species observed, your relatives will ask for photo to believe you! At sea, play hide and seek with seals, watch gigantic whales appear over the horizon, dive to see fish and shellfish. Meet the largest and most accessible colony of Northern Gannets in the world. Spy on river salmon; moose, black bear and white-tailed deer; and the only caribou herd south of the St. Lawrence!
History and heritage: the Gaspesian identity
Come and visit beautifully preserved heritage sites, their walls have a lot to tell... even incredible fishing stories! Dive into the heart of what has forged the Gaspesian indentity to better understand and appreciate it in all its authenticity. Discover important witnesses of the past at the Reford Gardens; in Gaspé, cradle of Canada; the paleontological site of the Parc national de Miguasha; the interpretation centres and museums; and the picturesque lighthouses, ports and coastal villages.
Gastronomy: the distinctive flavors
Enjoy yourself, and savour delicious marine, agricultural, and forestry products carefully highlighted in Gaspesian gastronomy. The restaurants here prepare the flagship products (lobster, crab, and shrimp) with a unique know-how and innovate with marine delights such as seaweed! Mandatory stops, the microbreweries know how to seduce you by their high quality products and also the atmosphere. You do not want to miss anything? Follow the Gaspésie Gourmande and the Saveurs du Bas-Saint-Laurent circuits!
Festivals and events: the unifying link
Impossible to be bored on the peninsula! There is always a good reason to gather! Surrender to the festive spirit that reigns around the bonfires, on the terraces, in the bars, the show halls, and even in the homes of the people! Let yourself be enchanted by the enthusiasm of the Gaspesians, who are busy organizing distinctive events throughout the year. You'll become a proud ambassador once you've experienced the excitement of festivals ans sporting events!
Winter fun: feet in the powder snow
Seven metres of snow annually, enchanting landscapes, and powder snow in quantity... here is the Gaspesian reality! Both extreme and casual enthusiasts will love the exceptional conditions while cross-country skiing, off-trail or downhill skiing; telemarking or snowshoeing; or kite skiing on the frozen sea. Snowmobilers, visit the heart of an oasis of pleasure, where more than 3,000 km await you on maintained and marked trails. Top it off with a typical dish, warm and comforting...