Matane is home to the largest concentration of wind turbines in the province. Though some dislike them, I think their design is rather elegant and adds a special touch to the landscape. About 40 minutes east of Matane in the small town of Cap-Chat, you can see one of the world's highest Darrieus-style wind turbines, standing at about 110 meters....more
The Refords were a very wealthy Montreal family of Scottish descent. At the turn of the 20th century, Robert and Elsie Reford inherited their uncle's fishing lodge located by the Metis River. Back in the 1920s, Elsie Reford slowly began transforming her summer property into a garden. 80 years later, the gardens now cover over 4000 acres, are home...more
Matane is not exactly a big town but for some reason there are no less than 3 bowling alleys and they are all very popular. As we were looking for a family thing to do on a Saturday night, bowling of course came to mind. We decided to go to the oldest bowling alley, called Salle de quilles de Matane, because the atmosphere there is very laidback -...more
The Joseph-Rouleau cultural center is located on St-Jerome Avenue and it hosts "La couleur de la Gaspésie", a permanent exhibition of Claude Picher's paintings. Born in Quebec City, Claude Picher, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, fell in love with the beautiful landscapes of the Gaspe region and decided to establish himself in Matane...more
This nice wooden boardwalk runs along the river in Downtown Matane. Along the way, you will see several interpretation panels giving information about Matane's maritime history. Also, if two people lean against opposite poles in one of the burgundy domes, they are able to whisper in each other's ear even though they actually are about 10 feet away...more
The islands of the Parc des Iles are located in the middle of the river that runs through downtown Matane. Families will enjoy going to the beach, playing a game of miniputt or hanging at the playground. It's also a very good place to have a picnic.You can also go to the fish-pass to see Atlantic salmon up-close as it makes its way up the river to...more
A four-star hotel located near the Barachois, between the St. Lawrence River and the Rivière Matane....more
1310 Matane-sur-Mer, Matane, G4W 3M6, Canada
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, and some offer a very nice view of the St. Lawrence...more
Cafe Chez Emilie is the new coffeehouse in town so of course I had to stop by on my last trip to Matane and I was happy I did so. Chez Emilie is a beautifully decorated cafe, with a nice fireplace that gives it a cozy, laidback atmosphere. You can go for breakfast or later during the day to enjoy a light meal and a warm cup of good coffee. It might...more
Cafe aux Delices has been around forever and is still going strong. Whether you want to go for breakfast to order fresh fruit pancakes, or to try their famous Chinese buffet for dinner, or for a late-night poutine, you won't be disappointed! Poutine with barbecue gravy!more
The Belle Plage's dining room offers a very good Table d'hote of regional cuisine. The dining room is located right above the beach, and its large windows make you feel as though you were eating in the middle of the St. Lawrence River!The Hotel Belle Plage has been in operation for over 65 years and has welcomed people from all around the world,...more
The Billbard is one of Matane's most popular bars. It's a good place to go to have a drink with friends in a casual atmosphere. You can also play some pool or get something to eat (European hot dogs are pretty good). You might also catch a live show, some improvisation or a game of the local hockey team on giant screen.
At night, the dance floor fills up pretty fast and the average age of the crowd is 25 to 35.
There are several places where you can buy shrimp in Matane but if you ask the locals, chances are they'll tell you Poissonnerie Borealis is the best place to go for quality fish and seafood. Here you can get fresh, frozen, marinated, salted and smoked fish and seafood along with some homemade products (they also provide free packaging for travellers). Of course, shrimp is their number one seller: the reason why Matane shrimp is such a popular item is because it is processed at the local seafood plant where a very special brine has been perfected over the years. That's why "les crevettes de Matane" are known all over the province!
What to buy: I recommend buying some fresh shrimp along with homemade shrimp sauce.
What to pay: Not very expensive for fresh fish and seafood
Founded in 1818, Metis Beach quickly became a popular vacations spot for wealthy Scottish and English businessmen. A little East of Grand-Metis (where the Reford Gardens are located), on your way to Matane, the road goes up, down and around a little bay and on your left you will see Beach Road, just off Route 132. If you drive slowly on Beach Road,...more
You can cross the St. lawrence river by Ferry Boat ( cars and people) from Baie Comeau on the north shore to Matane on the South shore as we did. On a previous trip we crossed here at night and the water was rough. We got caught in the fog and had to idle until it cleared to contiue. We arrived quite late. It was a very comfortable ride with...more
Matane has a pretty good and hugely popular semi-pro hockey team: Les Castors. Many players have played Major Junior before so they're actually able to put on a very good show. The team plays from September to March and tickets are pretty cheap, which makes for a really fun and entertaining evening at a reasonable price!more
Horseriding around Matane is perhaps the best way to fully enjoy the beauty of the region's mountains, forests and St. Lawrence River. At the Centre équestre du Phare Ouest, you can choose to go on rides that last from one hour ($20) up to a few days! The guides will make sure you enjoy your ride whether you are a beginner or more experienced...more
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