We knew we were going to have a busy June, so I had been watching the weather for a sunny spell in late-May where we could slip in a quick 6-day driving trip to the tip of the Gaspé peninsula. Once things looked promising, we drove up from Fredericton in southwest New Brunswick, through intermittent rain showers and even some snow flurries, taking about 4 hours to cover the 400 km to Highway 132 along the south coast. Another 100 km found us at our first B&B in New Richmond, where the forecast sunshine caught up with us for the remainder of our trip!
Fondest memory: The forecast was correct, providing us with sunny skies for our actual explorations, with temperatures rising day by day from about 12 C to 26 C by the end of our expedition. Leaving New Richmond, we immediately headed cross-country up the Cascapedia River valley where we also explored the snow-capped central mountainous area of the Chic Chocs in Gaspésie provincial park, before finally stopping in Ste.-Anne-des-Monts. The weather was fantastic as we continued the next day along the north coast on the very scenic highway sandwiched between vertical cliffs and the St. Lawrence River. Things were working out perfectly as we reached Forillon National Park at the tip of the peninsula with 1000 km on the clock by the end of our 3rd day. This was our main destination where we spent the next two nights as we hiked and explored the mountains and cliffs of the Park. Rounding the tip, we then spent one final night in the nearby town of Percé, site of the famous Rocher Percé (Pierced Rock) landmark. Our sixth day was spent cruising along the much more heavily settled Chaleur Bay coast as we headed for home and completion of our 2000 km (1240 mile) drive.
The Gaspe Peninsula is a large land mass in eastern Quebec , approximately 120 km wide by 240 km long.
The north shore highway hugs the shore of the St. Lawerence River. The highway on the south shore is inland from the coast and you will be driving through farming land , completely differnt scenery than the north shore. The east part of the peninsula is very hilly and you have antther distinct type oif scenery .
There is more to see than Perce Rock .
Fondest memory: Redfrod Gardens , Les Jardins de Metis in Grand -Metis just east of Mont-Joli.
Although not technicaly in the Gaspe Region you will drive through Grand-Metis if you are touring through this area of Quebec.
The Redford Gardens ( Les Jardins de Metis) are immaculately kept and worth seeing. The admission is a bit pricey at
$ 14 ( adult ) . Budget 1 1/2 hours . You need a break when driving the Gaspe Peninsula .