Gaspesie Family Vacation
|2||Montreal → Mauricie||158 km|
|4||Mauricie → Haute-Mauricie||204 km|
|6||Haute-Mauricie → Lac St-Jean||168 km|
|7||Lac St-Jean → Saguenay Fjord||208 km|
|9||Saguenay Fjord → Tadoussac||134 km|
|10||Tadoussac → Gaspesie National Park||371 km|
|11||Gaspesie National Park|
|12||Gaspesie National Park → Forillon National Park||179 km|
|13||Forillon National Park → Percé||92 km|
|15||Percé → Baie des Chaleurs||227 km|
|16||Baie des Chaleurs → Bic National Park||198 km|
|17||Bic National Park|
|18||Bic National Park → Bas St-Laurent||147 km|
|19||Bas St-Laurent → Quebec City||200 km|
|21||Quebec City → Montreal|
- 20 nights' accommodation as described in the program (or similar)
- Breakfasts where applicable
- Full board at Seigneurie du Triton outfitter
- Full board at Domaine Valga outfitter
- Bedding and kitchen equipment if cottage stays
- The Baie-Comeau / Matane ferry
- Assistance from your Canadian travel specialist (before, during and after the trip)
- All applicable taxes
- Protection for foreign travellers through the Compensation fund for customers of travel agents
Add a GPS to your Travel Kit for $12 / day
* Max. $120 / rental
Book before March 30th, 2018 and choose 1 of these 3 special offers:
1. FREE whale-watching safari
2. FREE lunch at the sugar shack
3. $50 discount per adult
* Certain conditions apply (see general terms and conditions)
DAY 1 - Montreal
Welcome to the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris.
We wish you a great family vacation in the land of lakes and rivers!
After breakfast, you have the morning to explore Montreal.
Like any great city, Montreal has 1001 attractions to offer visitors. Take the opportunity to experience the rhythm of its 5 main neighbourhoods: the Plateau Mont Royal, Old Montreal, Downtown, the Latin Quarter and Mont Royal Park.
Then you set a course for the La Mauricie National Park.
Covering an area of 536 km², this national park gives off an air of serenity in keeping with its gently undulating terrain and its variegated forests. On this wide plateau with its hills and valleys and network of lakes and rivers, life follows nature's rhythms.
DAY 3 - Mauricie
You have a full day to enjoy the exceptional natural environment of La Mauricie National Park.
Take a hike along some of the park's scenic trails or a canoe ride down to Waber Falls. And don't miss swimming in one of the park's numerous lakes and waterfalls!
We recommend bringing a picnic lunch to make the most of this glorious day in the great outdoors.
Your destination is Seigneurie du Triton. This outfitter can only be reached by water, which protects its access and allows it to preserve its unspoiled nature.
You can feel the stress of daily life melting away, to be replaced by the peace and serenity of the great outdoors.
DAY 5 - Haute-Mauricie
By day: Hiking and nature interpretation, ride in a canoe or rabaska canoe, visit trout spawning grounds, visit the Triton train station, swimming, pedal boat, sea kayak, mountain biking…
By night: Observe beavers in their natural habitat, campfire with stories and legends, ride on the water by torchlight, slideshow of Quebec wildlife, the occasional musician, take a walk by torchlight...
This morning you set out for Lac St-Jean, a veritable inland sea.
You will be following a magnificent route along the historic St-Maurice River, used in the olden days by raftsmen for transporting logs.
Lac St-Jean is known for its warm hospitality: this is the ideal place to get to know the Quebec people with their customs and traditions.
Today you set a course for the spectacular Saguenay Fjord.
This majestic but little-known natural wonder will take your breath away and leave you with unforgettable memories. You will discover the vastness of time and space in this place where the colossal forces of nature conspired to create a fjord.
DAY 8 - Saguenay Fjord
Make the most of this day surrounded by the dramatic beauty of the Saguenay Fjord, unique in the world.
Hiking enthusiasts won't want to miss the chance to walk the Sentier de la Statue trail in the Baie-Éternité sector of Saguenay Fjord National Park. The view of the fjord from the statue is spectacular.
The region is also home to two of Quebec's most picturesque villages, l'Anse-St-Jean and Ste-Rose-du-Nord.
Today you drive along one of the most scenic routes in Quebec to reach the region of Tadoussac.
Tadoussac, the oldest village in Canada, is listed as one of the 50 most beautiful bays in the world.
Tadoussac is also one of the best internationally renowned whale-watching sites in the world. So you can hardly leave the area without going on a whale-watching safari!
This morning you set out in the direction of Gaspesie, ranked by National Geographic as one of the Top 50 places to see in the world.
First you will need to take an unforgettable ferry ride to the south shore of the majestic St. Lawrence River.
Your destination: Gaspesie National Park, a veritable sea of mountains located in the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula. Its varied climates and unusual geomorphology attract a diversity of plant and animal species that are unique to Quebec.
DAY 11 - Gaspesie National Park
Hiking is, without a doubt, the favourite activity within Gaspésie National Park.
The best trail is the one that leads to the summit of Mont Jacques-Cartier, where you will get a taste of the Far North; you may even surprise some caribou grazing at the top! Ask about the shuttle service and the "Vivez le Grand Nord" discovery hike
For families or the less athletically inclined, the Lac aux Américains trail will lead you to breathtaking picture-postcard views in less than 30 minutes.
The road trip continues to the incredible Forillon National Park, where mountain cliffs thrust brutally into the Atlantic Ocean.
The section of Route 132 between Gaspesie Park and Forillon Park is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular drives in Quebec, if not in Canada.
We recommend a picnic lunch in Cap Bon-Ami, definitely the best place from which to admire the Forillon cliffs.
Don't miss the Grande-Grave interpretive trail which highlights the way of life of the fishermen and their families at the time of colonization.
Today's route leads you to the famous Percé Rock, sculpted by time and the sea at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula.
You will enjoy the picturesque village of Percé, one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec.
DAY 14 - Percé
We propose a car-free day! What would you say to taking a boat over to Bonaventure Island and spending the day there?
Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock National Park boast of a rich historical and natural heritage, a surprising geological past, and unusual plant and animal life including an impressive world-renowned colony of Northern Gannets.
On the island, the fragrance and colour of the wildflowers and the fresh sea breezes will intoxicate you.
Next you set course for Chaleur Bay ("Baie des Chaleurs") in the southern part of Gaspesie.
Generous by nature, Bonaventure possesses a lovely sandy beach. Chaleur Bay certainly lives up to its name: its waters are the warmest in Quebec. The perfect place for a swim!
The nearby Bonaventure River with its clear turquoise waters is easily one of the most beautiful rivers in Quebec: why not stop for a canoe ride?
Your route continues through the panoramic Matapedia Valley to Bic National Park.
Located in the St. Lawrence estuary, Bic National Park proudly showcases its capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains, which have contributed to its renown.
DAY 17 - Bic National Park
Today we invite you to discover Québec's backcountry in all of its splendour.
We strongly recommend seal watching in Bic National Park, one of the park's major attractions. Best observation points: Cap-Caribou or Pointe-aux-Épinettes (depending on the tides).
And why not have a picnic at Cap-à-l'Orignal? The view of the St. Lawrence is sure to impress.
Today's destination is Bas St-Laurent, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, a region known for its picturesque villages, such as Kamouraska.
Here, according to National Geographic, you will find "the second most beautiful sunsets in the world, after Hawaii".
In addition to its rich architectural and historical heritage, the Bas St-Laurent region is renowned for the quiet beauty of its scenery.
Today you head for the beautiful and historic Quebec City, cradle of French culture in the Americas.
Perched on the cliffs of Cap Diamant and overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec is proud to be a living museum and the only fortified city in North America.
Once you reach Quebec City, take the time to explore the city and its many historic sites. The entire old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.
DAY 20 - Quebec City
Take the time to explore the old capital and its many historic sites such as Place Royale, Petit Champlain, Dufferin Terrace and Château Frontenac.
Unless you would rather take an excursion to Jacques-Cartier National Park, or immerse yourselves in First Nations culture at a traditional Huron site...