HIGHWAY 132 is the perimeter highway that circumnavigates most of the Gaspe Peninsula.
We drove it for hundreds of kilometers from where it branches away from Highway 20, the route that we picked up driving through Montreal. It takes you along the south shore of the St.Lawrence River to the tip of Gaspe and then along the south shore of the Peninsula.
Some areas of the road bring you through some pretty desolate country,a strip of pavement through thick forests and cut into rock.
None of the small villages along the coast can escape the roadway; the thoroughfare brings visitors, supplies, and much needed dollars to the local economies of the communities along its route and so in all likelihood most communities would want the road anyhow.
There were parts of the roadway that were a little rough but for the most part it’s a paved two lane road that brings you through some spectacular coastal scenery. The route brings you upon vista after vista, up and down some steep hills, and around some long sweeping corners.
No passing lanes exist but there are many places with good views of oncoming traffic so be patient if you’re driving this route and DON'T be in a hurry.
Another reason that you might just want to be patient, especially driving at night, because animals including moose and other large mammals venture onto the road. A collision with any of these larger animals is NOT what you want or need to happen.
Although most of the weather wasn’t that we experienced driving Highway 132 was decent I’m SURE that in a snowstorm or rain squall you need to exercise more caution than usual.
If you’re touring the Gaspe by vehicle its pretty much assured that you’ll be driving the Main Highway, number 132, Enjoy the scenery!!
From Boston, or other major population centers in the northeast USA, the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec is a day long drive. Or, as we did it, overnighting in Millinocket, Maine and arriving in Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec on the south bank of the Saint Lawrence.
Easiest route is 95 North thru Maine, catching the major canadian Highway 2 north at New Brunswick border to Edmundston. Alternately, you can take Maine Highway 11 north from Millinocket directly to Edmundston, NB. From there you can continue northward the the Quebec border.
Most people who travel to Gaspe do so by car - it's a heck of a long ride, but it allows you to see all the wonderful landscapes the Gaspesie region is so famous for, and stop in some of the province's most charming villages. However, if you'd rather fly to Gaspe, it's possible to do so with Air Canada Jazz, Air Canada's regional carrier. Every day there are two direct flights between Montreal and Gaspe, and two more between Quebec City and Gaspe. Jazz's Dash-8s are small but rather comfortable, and I've always had great service on board. The Gaspe airport is located about 6.5 km outside of the city. It's a pretty small airport, but it's possible to rent a car or take a cab to go downtown.
From the time we left New Brunswick until we returned again, we managed to put 745-miles (1200-km) on our car while on the loop around the Gaspe Peninsula. Really, the place is so spread out and public transport so scarce that you will need a car of some sort to explore the it. The main highways we used were all excellent but once you try to head off them you will immediately be dealing with unsealed roads, the condition of which will depend on the time of year. Someone in the Chic Choc mountains mentioned that a couple of guys had recently tried to drive up through the centre from there to Murdochville but had run into a blizzard and ended up in the ditch. The guy who decided to go for help on foot died somewhere along the way in the -30 C temperatures and they have not yet found him, suspecting he collapsed on the snow-covered road and was then swept off by a snowplow.
Gasoline prices were a bit more expensive than in New Brunswick, at about C$1.17 per litre or US$4.08 per US gallon or 55 pence per litre.
It is possible to reach Percé and Gaspe by a railway track that runs along the southern coast and terminates at Gaspe or there are long distance bus services available.
Gaspe Peninsula is quite isolated. The nearest major city to the Gaspe Peninsula is Quebec City. That is about 200 miles or 320 kilometers away. It is about 3 hours from the northernmost part of Maine. The best way to get here is using Quebec Route 132, which is the main throughfare of the Gaspe Peninsula. There are a few side Quebec Routes here as well which go into the mountains. For the best scenery, stick with Route 132.