7 DAYS THROUGH GASPÉSIE

Living in Quebec means my winters are long and my summers tend to be short. That is why I travel - a lot - and mostly by plane. South America, Asia, Europe, Africa you name it. How I came to neglect such a beautiful place as Gaspésie, so close to home, is beyond me. I think many of us tend to focus on far away places when we think of travelling so we neglect what might be right around the corner. An incredible place full of mountains, fresh air and amazing seafood. The perfect road trip.
When Covid started and travel restriction began, we all secluded ourselves in our homes (as we should have) and followed protocol. But as soon as restrictions were lifted and shops and restaurants started opening up, I saw an opportunity I couldn't resist. I was also craving to get out and do some discovering. This trip has been on my bucket list for a long time and last week was the perfect opportunity to check it off!
My road trip around Gaspesie lasted 7 days and it was an incredible one, to say the least. In this post I'm happy to share with you details on what scenic route we took, where we pit stopped, where we slept, what we saw and of course what we ate! Hopefully, I'm able to give you a little taste of my incredible trip and make you want to experience it for yourself. It's worth it - trust me. 

BEFORE I BEGIN:

A few important things to mention:
We didn't want a stressful trip. Our goal was to relax, enjoy the views, eat some good food and do a few activities. There are lots of stuff you can do in Gaspésie but you cannot do everything in 7 days! So if there are things we weren't able to discover we didn't stress over it. This made our trip more relaxing and more enjoyable.

Route 132 (East and West) will be your friend for the next 7 days. We always took the scenic route, even if it was longer.

If we saw a sign on the road that led to a fun activity and wanted to discover it, we stopped. Whether it was to see a waterfall, to pick some raspberries or visit a ranch. 

Some places in Gaspésie have beautiful hotels and some only provide hostels (such as cabins). The ones we stayed at were very good and I will mention which I especially liked.

Make sure to book your hotels in advance because June-September are their busy season - they book up fast! 

YOU MUST TRY/DO: 

St-Emile Smoked Salmon
Strawberry wine
Organic Blueberry Jam
Lobster rolls
Fresh Matane (nordic) shrimp
Long mountain hikes

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DAY 1-2

Montreal -> Kamouraska Beach
Drive time: 4 hours
Route: Take the quickest road to Quebec City. Once you're there take Route 132 Est for the scenic view. This is where your trip begins!
Kamouraska Beach was a pit stop for us on the way to Bic, where we would spend 2 nights. I had read about it online and really wanted to visit the tiny town. It's a small beach town with about 500 people. Super charming and a great little stop along the way. 

What to do: Take a walk around town. Visit the beach. Eat some good food. Take some pictures.

Where to eat:
-Le comptoir Gourmand (Ice Mocha Latte)
-Côté Est Bistro (it's rated as one of the best there but it was closed when we arrived so we didn't get to try it)
-Poissonnerie Lauzon (Matane Shrimp and fresh food)
-La Fée Gourmande (Chocolates)

Kamouraska -> Bic 
Drive time: 1.5 hours
Bic is a cute town with an amazing National Park. The sunsets there are stunning and it's a great place to spot some seals. 

What to do:
-Morning hike at Bic National park
-Spot some seals at the National Park during Sunset (they usually only come at that time - or at sunrise)
-Walk Rue St-Germain Est. This is where you'll find most of the bars and restaurants. It's a short small street with charm.

Where to eat:
-Aux Bienfaits (Chocolates and coffee)
-Bistrot de la Forge (quick snack on the terrace - they have amazing Shrimp popcorn)
-La Réserve (amazing restaurant for a nice dinner out)

Where to sleep:
We spent the night at Hotel C Navigateur, which is conveniently located a few minutes from St-Germain street and right across the water, where you can watch the beautiiful sunset. It's about 20 minutes away by car from the National park. It was hard to find a good hotel and we were super happy to stumble upon this one. It was clean and comfortable - plus you can watch Netflix!

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Kamouraska Beach

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Sunset at Bic

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Sunset at Bic

 

DAY 3-4

Bic -> Bonaventure
Drive time: 4 hours
Bonaventure was a pit stop for us on the way to our next destination, Percé. We had originally planned to spend a few hours there but ended up making it a pit stop instead. As you may have guessed it, Bonaventure is known for its kayaking on the Bonaventure River. The waters are crystal clear and you get to see some beautiful views. You can check out CIM Adventures if you're interested in rafting. But make sure to book in advance and plan your trip according to the time slots they offer.

What to do (on the way to Bonaventure):
-Make a quick stop at Rivière Matapedia and enjoy the views
-Take a walk on the beach at Carleton sur le Lac

Where to eat:
-Poissonnerie du Pêcheur (grab a quick lobster roll for the road - it's delicious)

Bonaventure -> Percé
Drive time: 2 hours
We were quite excited for our next stop. This was by far our favourite place. Percé is a small town that's fun, charming and absolutely beautiful. You will be in awe of the beach, the famous Rocher Percé and the amazing food. You won't forget this place.

What to do:
-Hike Mont Blanc and visit the famous "Grotte" with its beautiful waterfall
-Hike to the Crevasse
-Enjoy the numerous belvederes along the hike where you get to see the entire town

Where to eat:
-La Maison Mathilde (breakfast)
-La Maison du Pêcheur (make sure to book in advance - it's the best restaurant in town)

Where to sleep:
-Hotel la Normandie (we loved this place. The view of the Rocher Percé from our room was magical) 

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View from our room in Percé (room 74)
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Maison du Pêcheur, in Percé
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Percé
 

DAY 5

Percé -> Forillon National Park
Drive time: 50 minut
es + 30 minutes to the peninsula 
Forillon was on the way to our destination, Gaspé. I had read about the famous Pebble Beach located at Cap-Bon-Ami (inside the National Park) and couldn't resist visiting it. So we decided to make an activity out of it and prepared a Pic Nic to take with us to the beach. It was an incredible sight. Such a fun and cute way to make this pit stop memorable.

Forillon National Park -> Gaspé
Drive time: 3 hours
We knew we would only spend 1 night in Gaspé so we opted for a nicer hotel so we could really enjoy our stay. Gaspé is known for its National Park, hikes, waterfalls and incredible scenic views.

What to do:
-Hike the beautiful mountain and enjoy the views. We recommend following the "Chutes du Diable" trail which lasts about 5.5km (both ways).

Where to eat:
-The hotel's restaurant (great local ingredients - high end vibe)

Where to sleep:
-Gîtes du Mont Albert (considered the nicest hotel in Gaspé - it looks like a giant chalet, with an outside pool, a great restaurant and comfortable clean rooms) 

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Pic Nic at Pebbles Beach, Cap-du-Chat, Forillon National Park

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Pebbles Beach, Cap-du-Chat, Forillon National Park

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Hike in Mont Saint-Albert, Gaspé

DAY 6

Mont Saint Albert -> Rivière du Loup
Drive time: 3.5 hours
Originally our destination was Tadoussac. We were suppose to spend the night there and go whale watching in the early morning. To get to Tadoussac you need to take a ferry (there are 2). Unfortunately, our plans changed when we realized the ferry we were suppose to take was closed for the season and we no longer had time to get to the other ferry to catch the last ride to Tadoussac. Thanks Covid. So we spent our night in Riviere du Loup and took the first ferry (8:00am) to Tadoussac.

What to do:
-Go to the Traversier Saint-Siméon and enjoy the beautiful sunset on the pier. It was breathtaking. We saw a few people fishing there. It's also known for spotting seals!

Where to eat:
-I don't recommend going to a fancy restaurant because they aren't very good in Rivière du Loup. Instead, I would suggest going for a quick bite at a shack. They have plenty of lobster rolls and fresh seafood to enjoy. There's a cute little shack right at the pier called Au Boucaneux that has a great menu. You can't miss it! Also right next door is a great ice cream dipping place called Le Zodiac Resto Crèmerie.

Where to sleep: 
-Hotel Universel (Nice and clean hotel that offers spa services. However due to Covid all the services were closed, so we didn't get to enjoy them)

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Sunset at Traversier Saint-Siméon, Rivière du Loup

DAY 7 

Traversier St-Siméon -> Tadoussac 
Cross time: 70 minutes + 25 minutes to Croisières AML
Tadoussac is known for its whale watching. The season to spot whales usually starts in May and ends in September. It's also a cute little town that has lots of charm. Simply taking a walk around town is worth it!

What to do:
-Whale watching with Croisières AML by Zodiac (I absolutely loved my experience and I was happy to have picked them. You get to spend around 2 hours on the water chasing whales, listening to them come up for air and even spot some seals)
-Ferme 5 étoiles (we received a free coupon to visit the farm from AML and we're so happy we did - it was adorable. We enjoyed walking the huge farm and feeding the animals).

Where to eat:
Note that between 3-5pm most restaurants in Tadoussac don't serve food.
-La bohème (we dind't get to try it unfortunately because they were closed but we would have picked this one if we could. It has great reviews and the food on the menu looked delicious - it also included some vegan options!) 

Tadoussac -> Charlevoix
Drive time: 1.5 hours
Right after our short but amazing visit in Tadoussac we started heading back to Quebec City, where we would spend our last night before heading back home. I've always wanted to visit Charlevoix so it was a perfect pit stop along the way.

What to do:
-Visit the famous Charlevoix Casino (currently closed because of Covid)
-Visit le Manoir Richelieu and have a drink at the bar while overlooking the water

Where to eat:
- Chez Chantal (Make sure you don't miss their amazing classic lobster roll) 

Charlevoix -> Québec
Drive time: 1.5 hours
Quebec City is located just a few hours from Montreal. It's an amazing old city that is always fun to visit. You can take walks around the old town, eat their amazing food (they even have Michelin Star restaurants), visit the small boutiques and so much more. I've been there several times and it's always a nice couple days vacation. 

What to do:
-Visit Chateau Frontenac
-Walk around the old city
-Shopping (we made a quick stop at Saks 5th avenue OFF 5th and I ended up finding a few great things on sale)

Where to eat:
-Louise (great little gem - perfect for a dinner date)

Where to sleep:
-Hotel Le Germain (this is probably my favourite hotel in Quebec City. It's a cute hotel boutique that is all about the details).

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Croisières AML, Whale watching, Tadoussac

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Date night, restaurant Louise, Quebec City 

DAY 8

Enjoy your day in Quebec City and start heading back home to Montreal! 

 

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