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CanadaGaspésie and the Canadian Maritimes

  • Off the beaten track
The splendid Peninsula of Gaspésie certainly deserves to be discovered. This program combines coastal attractions with the discovering of the mountainous reliefs of the Gaspésie Park. It is complemented with its selection of unique variety of accommodations and plenty of beautiful experiences. Go off the tourist track and visit a part of Canada that will blow you away!
Trip highlights
  • Countryside
    Countryside
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • Sailing activities
    Sailing activities
  • Bird watching
    Bird watching
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking

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Day 1: Bienvenue a Quebec!

Depart on your Gaspesie journey with a first stop in Rivière-du-Loup, in the Bas Saint Laurent region.
Here, the river, the craftsmen, the history and the fresh outdoors make Rivière-du-Loup an absolute must-see.
The coastal-ocean vibe will give you a preview of what is coming your way in this trip.

Visited:
Gaspesie et sa région, Rivière-du-Loup

Day 2: Saint Lawrence River Scenic Drive

Continue along the St. Lawrence river and stop at the Bic National Park.

Bordering the St. Lawrence River, the Bic National Park awaits you with its capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains that pictures an exceptional landscape.

Thousands of seabirds come to nest at the Bic and rare plants bloom on the rocky capes. To your amazement, near the shore, seals enjoy bathing under the sun.

Continue your journey to Matane. You are now in Gaspésie!

Visited:
Matane

Day 3: Matane River & Atlantic Salmon

We recommend a stop at the observation deck to observe the ascent of the Matane salmon (migratory passage). Two observation windows allow you to watch this anadromous fish during its stay of its migratory passage.

In Cap-Chat, the ocean and mountain landscape is dominated by the 133 wind turbines at Éole Cap-Chat, one of the largest wind farms in North America.

There, we may find the most powerful and tallest vertical axis wind turbine in the world.In the afternoon, discover the “Exploramer site”.

Start by taking an excursion aboard a covered-Zodiac and sail the St. Lawrence. Discover the different ecosystems of the estuary and of the St. Lawrence Gulf.

Visited:
Cap-Chat, Matane

Day 4: Forillon National Park

This morning, take on one of the most spectacular routes of this spectacular region.

Embedded between the sea and mountains, from lighthouse to lighthouse, you will view the tallest lighthouse in Canada, at Cap-des-Rosiers.

Next, be on your way to the tip of the Gaspesie Peninsula and reach its remarkable Forillon National Park.

Forillon is situated on a mountainous peninsula bordered by the St. Lawrence Gulf and the Bay of Gaspé.

Observe its boreal forest that shelters a diversified fauna. Its dizzying cliffs are home to thousands of seabirds and its shores are host to seal colonies. 

Visited:
Parc national Forillon, Gaspé

Day 5: Forillon & the Grande-Grave

In this breathtaking landscape, learn about the different ecosystems that make up the wild richness of the Gulf and learn about the history of the fishermen who would live there.

From Forillon Park and starting from the enchanting site of Grande-Grave (southern sector), embark on the Narval III and experience a whale watching cruise that will make your visit to Forillon National Park simply unforgettable.

A professional tour-guide will introduce you to the fascinating life of these giant yet harmless sea creatures.

Visited:
Parc national Forillon, Parc national de Forillon

Day 6: Jacques Cartier, The Cradle of Canada

Heading to Percé

Stop en route to the city of Gaspé. “Gespeg” signifies, in the Mi'kmaq language, the ending of the land.

However, it is said in the Western North American history that the town of Gaspé is the starting point of the country.

The cross that Jacques Cartier planted in this location in 1534, was later named the Cradle of Canada.

Arrive in Percé.

Visited:
PerceGaspesie et sa région

Day 7: Percé Rock and Maritime Life

The village of Percé is in itself a tourist attraction where you will enjoy taking free time as well as stroll from the many shops to art galleries.

The place is renowned for its quality accommodation and catering. Not to mention, the symbol of the region, the majestic Percé Rock!Offshore, you will find the Bonaventure Island.

A visit to the Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park will allow you to observe more than 300,000 sea birds, including 120,000 Northern Gannets, the largest and most accessible bird colony in the world!

Visited:
PerceL’île Bonaventure

Day 8: Clearest Waters in the World

Head of to the “Baie des Chaleurs”

We recommend visiting early morning the Quebec Acadian museum, a public square where many cultural and educational activities promote the discovery of the rich Acadian heritage.

It is first and foremost a place of history demonstrating the fascinating and moving life of the Acadians of Quebec through its permanent exhibition “Une Acadie québécoise”.

In the afternoon we recommend exploring the Bonaventure River which is considered one of the clearest rivers in the world.

Enjoy boarding a canoe, kayak or an inflatable raft, to discover the fascinating life of the river.

Visited:
Chaleur Bay, Perce

Day 9: Lobsters Ahoy! 

Start the day with a visit to the Bioparc: the animal garden of Gaspesie.

Along an outdoor path, take part in discovery activities, watch the animals during snack time and observe nearly 70 varieties of plants.

In the afternoon, enjoy a cultural experience! Each year in May, Sylvain Arsenault installs 235 lobster cages off Bonaventure. Every day for ten weeks, he exits the port around 4:00 a.m. to lift the cages, collect the lobsters and release bait and cages back to the water.

Once the lobster season is over, the same ritual occurs but with rock crab fishing or even mackerel fishing.

Captain Arsenault has the privilege of sharing his coastal fishing secrets with the many tourists who visit the region thanks to his new passenger transport permit.

Take part in an exceptional sea fishing adventure on L’Omirlou and let yourself be charmed by the breathtaking view of the Bonaventure coastline.

Visited:
Bonaventure

Day 10: Miguasha National Park & Gaspésie

A stop is required in Nouvelle, in the Miguasha National Park, a fossiliferous site taking us 378 million years back, now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Next stop, the Gaspésie Park.

Surrounded with grand mountains, this park located in the heart of the Gaspesie peninsula, is distinguished by the great diversity of its fauna and flora. We invite you to discover breathtaking panoramas within its 140 km of trails.

A multitude of activities and services will transform your visit into an unforgettable experience!

Visited:
Gaspésie

Day 11: Appalachian Mountain Chain

The Gaspésie national park is where the Appalachian mountain chain ends.

In its many peaks over 1000m in altitude, you can observe moose and caribou. This National Park with the neighboring wildlife reserves of Matane and of the Chic-Chocs, creates a prodigious wildlife mansion.

The short trail to Lac aux Américains (1 hour 30 minutes) is a good way to start the day with its amazing landscape that awaits you. You will certainly not be disappointed.

A must do before heading back to the hotel: the Ernest Laforce hike (2 hours) where you will easily see moose wandering around.

Visited:
Gaspésie

Day 12: Return to the Saint Lawrence River

Back to the St. Lawrence River, don't miss the magnificent English-style Métis floral garden.

Visit the only accessible to the public submarine in Canada and learn all about how the Empress of Ireland sank by going to the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historical Site, near Rimouski.

Visited:
RimouskiGaspesie et sa région

Day 13: Sea Birds, Colonies and Islands

We invite you to travel to a cluster of islands located on the opposite site of Rivière-du-Loup and shoring the Saguenay-Saint-Laurent marine park.

Under the protection of the Duvetnor Society, these islands are home to large colonies of seabirds, seal colonies and constitute a privileged area for beluga watching.

Two islands are open to the public, including the Isle of Pot à l'Eau-de-Vie, with the historic lighthouse completely restored. We suggest you spend a night in this historic place!

Visited:
Rivière-du-Loup, Saguenay

Day 14: Finish in Montreal!

Leave the islands to return to the mainland early afternoon, then take the Route des Navigateurs back towards Montreal.

Since Jacques Cartier first arrived, the river has been navigated by sailors from all over the world. The Route des Navigateurs, abundant in history, bears witness to the settlement of the population on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

Be sure to stop in the charming village of Kamouraska.

Visited:
Kamouraska, Montreal

Gaspesie et sa régionRivière-du-LoupMataneCap-ChatParc national ForillonGaspéParc national de ForillonPerceL’île BonaventureChaleur BayBonaventureGaspésieRimouskiSaguenayKamouraskaMontreal

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From May to October $1,440

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