“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”
If there is one thing I’m glad about the whole COVID situation, is discovering my beautiful province!
Last week, my friends and I went on a road trip to Gaspesie, which in normal circumstances would have never happened! The world is so big, and there are so many places on my bucket list, that I never thought about discovering Quebec.
I am extremely glad I went to Gaspesie last week. It allowed me to relax, breathe fresh, non-polluted air, and loosen up a bit! Also just looking around and seeing the beauty that was surrounding me… from the immensity of the forest to the brightness of the sky! It really opened my eyes and soul!
I will post a few articles in the next few weeks about our trip and my recommendations so don’t forget to follow my blog to stay up to date and maybe plan your own perfect vacation week!
For the first article in this series, let start with some common knowledge you should have about Gaspesie before going there
On this map, you can see the main road to get around the peninsula. From Montreal, you can take the Highway 20, which becomes Route 132, and drive along the coast of the St-Lawrence river up north of the peninsula. You can find the St-Lawrence gulf on its East and Chaleur Bay on its South. If you come from out of province, maybe fly into Quebec City and then drive your way through the region.
You can find smaller airports closer to where you want to be, but if you follow the map, you can hit a lot of touristic cities such as Charlevoix, Rimouski, St-Flavie, Gaspé, Percé, Bonaventure, and Carleton-sur-mer where you can find a lot of activities to do and discover the territory even more!
You can spend the night in different inns on the road, but given today’s conditions, I would maybe suggest reserving everything beforehand, especially in cities such as Gaspé, Percé, and Carleton-sur-mer. We personally reserved everything 2 months in advance to make sure we had no surprises. I spoke to a few people that told us they were not able to book any hotels or inns 2-3 weeks before their vacation and had to camp on-site (which could be extremely fun if you are into camping!).
For a time table, I would suggest at least 5 days to discover the areas and even more if you want to really relax and enjoy yourself!
You can visit Gaspesie all year around. There are different activities for different seasons!
Summer is obviously the vacation season. You go there with your friends or your family to relax and enjoy the outdoors. You can go hike, kayak, go to the beach and do a multitude of other activities. This is the perfect season to visit Percé, the water won’t be cold, and you can try to get into the hole of the massive rock that rises out on the tip of the peninsula.
Fall is the perfect season for whale-watching just before they migrate to the south and see other wildlife in the forest. Also, the fall foliage is just breathtaking.
Winter is the perfect season for winter sport. Giving Gaspesie is mountainous, it’s the perfect place for skiing, snowshoes, snowmobiles. You can rent a chalet afterward, which will make the whole experience so peaceful and also will 100% make you love the winter season.
Spring is the perfect time to witness the rebirth of the province. The whales come back, fishing restarts, the weather gets a lot better…
Whichever season you go to visit, make sure you bring warm clothes because it is a bit breezy. Given it’s surrounded by water and located quite up north, it’s understandable!
I hope you enjoyed this first article and can’t wait to tell you more!
Until next time,