The Coast | Upper Gaspe | Land's End | Bay of Chaleur | The Valley
The Gaspe Peninsula (Gaspesie), is located on the eastern tip of the province of Quebec, north of New Brunswick. It is mostly a coastal region being surrounded by the St. Lawrence estuary and gulf as well as by the Bay of Chaleur. The Gaspe Peninsula is 560 km from Montreal and 340 km from Quebec City by road.
THE GASPE PENINSULA AND ITS REGIONS
The Gaspe Peninsula is divided into five different regions: The Coast, Upper Gaspe, Land's End, Bay of Chaleur and The Valley.
Located on the northwest side of the peninsula, this region is often referred to as the entrance of the Gaspesie region since it is the actual starting point for visitors coming from Montreal or Quebec City.
The Coast spreads along the St. Lawrence estuary and includes charming areas such as Mitis or Matanie. Leave Hwy 132 to get to various charming municipalities filled with historical houses.
Renowned attractions of the region : the village of Metis-sur-Mer (popular vacation spot), wind generator plant in Saint-Ulric, the city of Matane where you can watch salmon anglers during the season, many covered bridges on Hwy 195 south of Matane, and Les Mechins with its impressive shipyard.
This region covers the central north coast of the Gaspesie and is renowned for its numerous outdoor and adventure activities. There, you will find many salmon rivers including the Cap-Chat, Sainte-Anne and Madeleine, the Parc de la Gaspesie (provincial park), the Chic-Chocs mountains (highest peaks in southern Quebec), a magnificent road surrounded by deep blue sea and steep mountains as well as many hiking trails.
The various attractions include Baie des Capucins, wind generator plant in Cap-Chat, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, its harbor and the breathtaking view of the mountains in the background including mount Albert, Turret Rock in Tourelle, La Martre lighthouse, hang gliding in Mont-Saint-Pierre, mount Jacques-Cartier and its herd of caribou, Roche-Pleureuse fall in Anse-Pleureuse, the Grand Sault with its imposing salmon migratory pass in Riviere-La-Madeleine as well as many colourful villages east of Tourelle.
This region is made of two different zones meeting in Perce. On the north end, from Grande-Vallee to Perce, you will experience a mountainous environment with little population except for Gaspe. As you travel along, you will find very interesting attractions: various panoramas on the north side, Riviere-au-Renard and its fishing industry, l'Anse-au-Griffon, a charming village, Forillon National Park, the cannons from Fort-Peninsule, the city of Gaspe with its restaurants, bars and museum, the Indian head rock in Saint-Georges-de-Malbaie and beautiful Malbaie region (from Belle-Anse to Cannes-de-Roches).
The southern region from Perce certainly is different with its flat land, numerous farms and harbors. The traveler will also find interesting sights such as the harbor in Sainte-Therese-de-Gaspe, the large river passing through Grande-Riviere, the Pabos bay and the unique beaches of Newport.
Speaking of which, many beaches are an attraction in themselves. Plan your next stop in Cap-aux-Os, Penouille, Haldimand, Coin-du-Banc, Cap-d'Espoir, Petit-Pabos, Pabos Mills or Newport and enjoy activities under the sun.
Perce represents the most easterly tip of the Gaspesie. This city is well known to tourists around the world with its unique Rock and the Bonaventure Island, but did you know about the Crevasse (the crack) and Mt. Sainte-Anne?
BAY OF CHALEUR
This region is certainly the warmest of the whole Gaspesie, where its name comes from. Its western side is relatively mountainous and covers the estuary of the Ristigouche River. The Bay of Chaleur offers a lot of interesting sightseeing such as Pointe-a-la-Croix, the doorway to New Brunswick, Indian reserve of Listuguj, Miguasha Park, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, seaside resort of Carleton including many attractions (lagoon, mountains, hiking paths leading to Maria, beach, restaurants, bars, etc.).
Going east, you will find the wigwam-shaped church Kateri-Tekakwitha in Gesgapegiag near Maria. The Bay of Chaleur is cut in half by the Cascapedia River, renowned for its salmons to anglers around the world.
In the eastern region of the bay, more attractions to entertain you: beaches in Caplan, Bonaventure, Paspebiac with its famous sandbank (a gigantic triangular beach) and Hope. There is also the church in Bonaventure with impressive paintings, Saint-Elzear and its cave, ancestral houses in New Carlisle, surprising wooden wharf in Shigawake, beautiful town of Port-Daniel with capes filled with fossils and the turret in l'Anse-aux-Gascons.
The only intracoastal region of the Gaspésie is the Matapedia Valley. Renowned for its salmon fishing, it stands wild and steep in its southern part and stretches toward the north leaving space to the agriculture industry. This is where the Matapedia River has its source, Matapedia Lake.
Traveling south, you will discover the charming agricultural village of Sainte-Therese-de-Merici, the majestic church of Saint-Moïse, beautiful Val-Brillant and its gothic style church located on the west shore of Matapedia Lake, the city of Amqui and the bridge of Anse-Saint-Jean. Enjoy winter fun in Sainte-Irene, the incredible Philomene Fall in Saint-Alexandre-des-Lacs, Causapscal and its park at the meeting point of Causapscal and Matapedia rivers and the renowned covered bridge of Routhierville.
On the southern tip of the Valley, we enter a region of plateau. A unique place with breathtaking scenery over the Ristigouche River (Soleil d'Or panoramic viewpoint in L'Ascension-de-Patapedia and Horizon de Reve in Saint-Alexis-de-Matapedia), numerous hiking trails, Picot Fall (Saint-Andre-de-Restigouche) and a lovely village with a history linked to salmon fishing, Matapedia.