Gaspesie: what to see on the Quebec peninsula


What to see on the Gaspesie peninsula, itinerary including the main places of interest in Quebec's national park in Canada.

National Park

Peninsular of Quebec in Canada, stretched out in the Gulf of San Lorenzo, Gaspesie has a territory characterized by suggestive landscapes and uncontaminated nature, extended among mountains, woods, lakes, steep cliffs and sea.

At the center of the peninsula is the Gaspésie Park which includes magnificent peaks, including Mount Jacques Cartier, 1270 meters above sea level, the highest peak of the peninsula, belonging to the Chic-Chocs chain, where Caribou herds, a particular species of reindeer live .

Sainte Anne des Monts is the gateway to the park, through which the coastal landscape gives way to the fascinating mountain scenery of the hinterland.

The Réserve Faunique des Chic Chocs extends around the Gaspésie Park, a very interesting area for observing flora and fauna.

From Sainte Anne des Monts, continuing eastwards, accompanied by suggestive panoramic views, you reach Mont Saint-Pierre, which takes its name from the homonymous 418 m high mountain, appreciated by fans of free flight, as its summit it is the ideal place for hang gliding and paragliding.

On the north-eastern tip of the Gaspésie Peninsula extends the Parc National de Forillon, where the fascinating cliffs overlooking the sea host various species of sea birds, the sea on the horizon welcomes seals and whales, and the forests of the internal hills are populated from various species of animals, including deer, elk, beavers and brown bears.

What see

At the tip of the peninsula is the small town of Gaspé, where Jacques Cartier, the French explorer who landed in 1534 and made them the possession of the King of France, landed.

Do not miss a visit to the town of Percé, overlooking the sea and famous for the Rocher Percé, a large perforated rock that rises from the sea in front of the cliffs, and to the Bonaventure island, full of beautiful nature trails, declared an ornithological reserve.

To the south, in the magnificent bay of the Baie des Chaleurs, is the Parc National de Miguasha, extraordinarily important from a paleontological point of view, as specimens of fossil fish dating back to the Devonian period, known as the Age of Pisces, are preserved 380 million Years ago.

The site is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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In the vicinity of the confluence between the Matane River and San Lorenzo, the characteristic town of Matane is located, famous for its fishing for shrimp and salmon.

From this location it is possible to cross the Saint Lawrence river, by boarding a ferry, and reach the opposite bank of the river at Baie Comeau-Godbout in Quebec.

Gaspesie, Gaspe Coast, Quebec, Canada in 4K - Things to do - Part 5 (April 2024)

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