Gaspé Travel Guide

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Gaspé Things to Do

  • Percé Rock

    Located just off-shore from the village of Percé, this giant rock with a hole in it is one of the main tourist attractions of the Gaspé Penninsula. It is one of the world's largesst natural arches sitting in water.We were lucky to go there in the afternoon as the sun was getting lower on the horizon. When we drove by again the next morning, the...

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  • Reford Gardens / Jardins de Metis

    The Reford Gardens were a project undertaken by Elsie Reford, when after surgery for appendicitis, her doctor advised her to take up gardening, rather than the more strenuous salmon fishing she used to do. She started planning and laid out the gardens in 1955 and the world went on for a number of years. The site was named as a National Historic...

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  • Parc national de Miguasha

    Parc national de Miguasha is a world famous fish fossil site on the Gaspé Penninsula. This is where scientists found conclusive evidence of fish changing from animals that lived in the seas to ones that could walk on land. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.In addition to a small, but beautifully done, museum, you can also visit the fossil beds...

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  • The Towns....Ville de Bonaventure...The...

    Conveniently, there is a second noteworthy attraction just across the street from the museum, the Church of Bonaventure or as it is known locally “l'Église de Bonavanture”.The church is quite a large and imposing structure that you really cant miss while you’re visiting the museum. The size of the building itself is the first and foremost thing...

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  • The Towns....Ville de Bonaventure...The...

    First of all…..don’t confuse this with Bonaventure Island…La Ville de Bonaventure is something altogether different.We didn’t stop here long, basically a whistle stop to get out of the truck and stretch our legs.Many areas of this coastline, the south shore of Gaspe, particularly along the Baie de Chaleur you’ll find settlements that were...

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  • Lighthouses of Gaspe…

    Lighthouses ALWAYS have an appeal to many people, including me; likely because of they’re obvious connection with the ocean and the associated traditions and dedication of the solitary lifestyle of the lighthouse keeper.I remember as child being intrigued watching an old black and white film in school about a lighthouse keeper and the challenges he...

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Gaspé Hotels

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  • Hotel des Commandants

    Hotel des Commandants offers very comfortable rooms and it is well located on rue de la Reine, in...

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  • Motel Adams

    20 Rue Adams, C.p. 6391, Gaspe, Quebec, G4X 2R8, Canada

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Auberge des Commandants

    104, boul. Gérard-D.-Levesque, New Carlisle, Gaspe, G0C 1Z0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Gaspé Restaurants

  • Coffee Heaven..

    But that’s NOT all that it is, this small and friendly “café” has a fairly decent menu to choose from if you’re interested in more than a good coffee and or desert.It’s a funky little place located right smack in the heart of the “commercial” section of the downtown area and it was EASY to find.Just from the look of the exterior of the building I...

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  • Good Service,Basic Homemade Foods..

    I stopped to eat what turned out to be a SUPER breakfast here TWICE while I was passing through the small town of Gaspé. We stopped here the first time while driving through on our day tour to the village of Perce and Bonaventure Island and on the last time we drove through on our way along the south coast of the Peninsula.We easily discovered it...

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  • Gaspe's best brulerie

    Located downtown on rue de la Reine, this charming coffeehouse offers a wide selection of specialty coffees and sandwiches. The place only opened a few years ago but it has quickly become a locals' favorite and has quite transformed the Rue de la Reine with its beautiful wooden design; since then, other restaurants have appeared down the street,...

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  • A great place to stop on your tour of...

    The Cafe de l'Anse opened only a few years ago in the lovely village of Anse-au-Griffon but already it has become quite popular with locals and tourists alike. It is open year round for breakfast and lunch, and the Cafe specializes in local cuisine, which of course means there is plenty of fresh seafood on the menu! We very much enjoyed the...

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  • One of two open in Percé!

    In conversation with our B&B hostess upon checking in, she mentioned that at this time of the tourist season, there were only two restaurants open in Perce. She told us where they were located, so while we were on the side of Mont Sainte-Anne viewing the village from above, I spotted roughly where they were. The first one did not look too appealing...

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  • The best of the trip

    I had enjoyed reading the Gaspe page of VT-member ‘Jefie’ before leaving for our trip and made particular note of the fact that she (who often visits relatives there) recommended the Resto Brise-Bise as the best and most ‘happening’ place to eat while in town. As a result, we headed directly there on our second night in the area, arriving quite...

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Gaspé Nightlife

  • Enjoy the warm Gaspesian atmosphere

    The Brise Bise is located on rue de la Reine, in downtown Gaspe. It's a good place to stop for a drink at any time of the day or evening, and they've got a good menu, ranging from burgers & fries to a full table d'hote. They've got a really nice outdoor patio overlooking the bay of Gaspe, and the Brise Bise doubles as a casual art gallery and also...

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  • Swinging, with the locals!

    Gaspe Town actually has 3-4 places on the strip where you can Party. I do not know who does it but my experience of it was pretty CRAZY.I've been to some really funky places around the world and some crazy crowd, but I never been to a place that felt so 'redneck'. The place we visited was a really small dance bar on the strip, with a bottom floor...

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Gaspé Transportation

  • Driving Route 132...

    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...

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  • Bienvenue a Quebec! The route from...

    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...

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  • Flying to Gaspe with Air Canada Jazz

    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...

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Gaspé Local Customs

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    In my drives through the various French-speaking areas of New Brunswick I have noticed that they seem to have a bit more élan than the English-speaking areas when it comes to home decorations, not afraid to make their own statement about whatever it is they like. The Gaspe was no different and we saw some amazing sculptures in some of the small coastal villages we drove through. However, the one that made us really sit up and take notice was this ‘turret’ house in the high hills just before we descended into Grand-Vallee. I don’t know what they were trying to say, but the turrets were even along the side of the driveway!

    An eye-catching sight as we approach Grand-Vallee
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Gaspé Warnings and Dangers

  • Moose and other critters in the road.

    Be careful at all times driving around the sparsely populated peninsula. At dusk (and dawn, presumably) you are virtually guaranteed to cross paths with moose or deer.Moose, in particular, dont seem to give a damn if you are sharing their road. So the impetus is on you to watch out. This one trotted ahead of our car for more than a mile before...

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  • How to deal with black bears!

    Black bears get scared pretty easily but they don't like people creeping up on them so a good trick to avoid a close encounter is to make noise while hiking through the forest. Also, you should never leave food lying around. If you do meet a bear, stay calm, speak softly and back up slowly to show the bear you don't mean any harm.For more...

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  • Black bears are everywhere

    Once we reached Forillon National Park, we saw signs of Black Bears on all of our hikes, even on the grounds of the old settler house at Anse-Blanchette. The owner of our local B&B (Gite Blanchette) sent me an email to say they had some bears cavorting in their back garden after we left! This is a typical pile of bear ‘scat’ beside my boot as we...

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Gaspé Tourist Traps

  • The Perce Rock

    In my opinion its one of those tourist traps that are worth stopping for a look...before moving on. Here's a picture of the rock as you descend into the town of Perce. The rock is truly spectacular from the beach, nearly 1/4 mile in length, and visible with light binoculars from Forillon 40 km away. The town, however, looks like Martha's Vineyard...

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  • Watch out for the tide!

    You can walk out to the 88m high rock, if you would rather not take a $40 boat tour, and can brave the cold water. When the tide is out the way out is dry, but these folks were a little late! Nearby is a large island (Ile Bonaventure) with an incredible number of sea birds including the striking Gannet, so you can take boat tours that combine...

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Gaspé Off The Beaten Path

  • Grave markers facing the water

    We found a small graveyard behind one of the churches...all of the markers face the sea (and the passing sailboat). We tasted the water nearby and found it to have a touch of salinity, the Atlantic's waters mixing with the freshwater St. Lawrence. Soon enough as you head up the coast towards Gaspe the north coast drops away from view.

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  • Little coastal towns sprinkle the coast

    This could be any town connected by Route 132 along the southern shore of the St. Lawrence. These villages wrap around coves, and you often decend into them from the intervening hills as you see here. The silver roofs of the churches are prominent in most. You can find gas, groceries, and plenty of cheap cabins along the route depending on your...

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  • A Gaspesie country lane

    To our delight and chagrin not all the back roads within the park boundaries were marked on our park-supplied topo map. After our morning hike up Mont des Pics, we found ourselves on this sunny rolling backway and walked in the bright sun for an hour or so, without seeing another soul. There were numerous other roads with signage beckoning us...

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Gaspé Sports & Outdoors

  • Fort-Prevel golf course

    Fort-Prevel was built during World War II to ward off German submarines that were a threat to supply ships on their way to Europe. Today, Fort-Prevel's 18 holes golf-course (par 73) is located on the remains of this old coastal battery and stretches over an area of 30 hectares overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Next to the golf-course, Auberge...

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  • Haldimand Beach

    Beautiful sandy beach, one of the most popular in the Gaspe area! The water is pretty cool, but warm enough to go for a swim without freezing. On a hot day, it gets really crowded so if you're traveling with kids, make sure to keep an eye on them when they go out swimming (there are lifeguards on the beach, but accidents have happened). There's a...

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  • A great spot for snowshoeing!

    The Gaspe Cegep's teaching forest (foret d'enseignement) is located just 10 minutes west of Gaspe on route 198 and is open to all free of charge. With its numerous trails, picnic tables and shelter, it's a great place for hiking and picnicking in summer, and a great place for snowshoeing in winter. There even is a small obstacle course for kids,...

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Gaspé Favorites

  • Our driving route around Gaspé Peninsula

    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...

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  • Unique Places

    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...

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Explore Deeper into Gaspé
The Towns...Percé...and the Rock..
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Rivière-au-Renard…Checking out the Fishing Fleet
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The Towns..Musée de la Gaspésie..
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The Towns…La Ville de Gaspe..
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Forillon National Park...The Gun Battery…
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Forliion Natioanl Park...Cap Bon Ami…
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Forillon National Park..Grand Graves Historic Site
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Forillon National Park…A Little Taste of Wild.
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Ile Bonaventure National Park
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Gratifying to reach the sea
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A view from the top overlooking camp
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Parc de la Gaspesie
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Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse
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Forillon National Park
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Fort Peninsule and WW2 in Gaspe
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Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-des-Douleurs
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Cathedrale Christ-Roi and Jacques Cartier's cross
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Bioparc de la Gaspesie
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Ferme Chimo
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Visit the town of Perce
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Snow-capped Chic Choc mountains
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Cap Bon-Ami in Forillon National Park
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Views from the Belvedere on Mont Saint-Alban
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Hike to a ‘lookout’ in Gaspésie Provincial Park
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Driving the Cascapedia River valley
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The Penouille
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Great picnic spot at Anse-Saint-Georges
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La Martre lighthouse
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Starting the rugged north coast drive
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Cap Chat wind turbine farm
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Great views from Mont Ste.-Anne
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Starting our coastal hike to the tip of Gaspé
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Bonaventure Island bird sanctuary
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Along the south shore
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We take the easy way back
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Back into the forest for the final bit
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Climbing Mont Saint-Alban
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Fort Peninsula
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A quaint covered-bridge
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Lots of wildlife along the shore
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