Gaspesie / Acadie
|1||Arrival in Halifax|
|2||Excursion to Peggy's Cove|
|3||Halifax → Prince Edward Island||331 km|
|4||Excursion to Cavendish (1:15 round trip)|
|5||Prince Edward Island → Moncton||164 km|
|6||Excursion to the Bay of Fundy (2:15 round trip)|
|7||Moncton → Kouchibouguac National Park||95 km|
|8||Kouchibouguac National Park|
|9||Kouchibouguac National Park → Acadie||161 km|
|10||Acadie → Baie des Chaleurs||211 km|
|11||Baie des Chaleurs → Percé||216 km|
|13||Percé → Forillon National Park||105 km|
|14||Forillon National Park → Gaspesie National Park||196 km|
|15||Gaspesie National Park|
|16||Gaspesie National Park → Bic National Park||167 km|
|17||Bic National Park|
|18||Bic National Park → Bas St-Laurent||147 km|
|19||Bas St-Laurent → Quebec City||200 km|
|20||Quebec City → Montreal||250 km|
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- Breakfasts where applicable
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Welcome to Nova Scotia and one of the largest natural harbours in the world: Halifax.
Halifax is easy to explore on foot. Considered to be the capital of Atlantic Canada, it has all the charms of an historic city with its tree-lined avenues and elegant 18th- and 19th-century buildings.
Soak up the sea air with a walk along the harbourfront, with its boardwalks bustling with activity.
Nova Scotia has more lighthouses than any other province in Canada.
Your first destination is the charming British colonial town of Lunenburg. In addition to being the home port of the legendary Bluenose II, Lunenburg is one of only 2 towns in North America that have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the other being Quebec City.
Your route continues to Peggy's Cove lighthouse. This iconic structure, rising from a rugged granite outcropping and often shrouded in fog, is one of the best-known lighthouses in the world.
Return to Halifax at the end of the day.
Today the adventure leads to Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island and the "cradle of Canada". To reach the island you will take the 12.9 km-long Confederation Bridge, linking PEI to the continent since 1997.
What about starting your visit with a walk along the harbourfront?
Have a drink or a bite to eat with live jazz music on the charming pedestrian street of Victoria Row. In the evening, its ambiance is magical and a seafood meal, served by candlelight under large umbrellas, is highly recommended!
After dark, you will have the chance to take in Charlottetown's vibrant arts scene. A number of pubs offer a lively maritime atmosphere, complete with traditional Celtic music acts.
Treat yourselves to a relaxing day in the Cavendish sector of Prince Edward Island National Park. You can relax on one of the beautiful beaches or admire the panoramic coastal views as you stroll along the Homestead Trail.
Be sure to take the Gulf Shore Parkway along the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the edge of the national park: with its red sandstone cliffs, white sandy beaches, dunescapes and farmland vistas, the landscapes are simply stunning.
Return to Charlottetown at the end of the day.
Next you head for New Brunswick, where you pay a visit to Shediac, a charming corner of paradise by the sea.
You will definitely want to try the lobster at one of the town's famous seafood restaurants. After all, in addition to its many boutiques and art galleries, Shediac is known as the lobster capital of the world.
And who could resist the temptation to be photographed with the largest lobster in the world, yet another world-famous attraction!
You spent the night in Moncton.
This morning's destination is the Bay of Fundy: get ready for one of the natural wonders of the world! The spectacular tides and unique coastal landscape will certainly be one of the highlights of your trip.
To truly appreciate the magnitude of the tides, pay a visit to Hopewell Rocks. Once there, imagine yourself at low tide, walking around the base of these gigantic rock formations sculpted by tidal erosion into the shape of flowerpots... and, 6 hours later, paddling a kayak in the same location. Will you give it a try?
You return to Moncton for the night.
Your aventure continues in Kouchibouguac National Park. We recommend taking the coastal road: the scenery is magnificent!
This immense park, a popular family destination, is made up of barrier islands, dunes, forests, lagoons and salt marshes and offers some of the the warmest salt water beaches north of Virginia.
DAY 8 - Kouchibouguac National Park
You have the whole day to enjoy Kouchibouguac National Park.
Before exploring the park, stop at the Visitor Reception Centre and talk to the staff. They will be able to suggest a panoply of activities: a stroll along the immense sand dunes, an afternoon at the beach, bird watching... and even stargazing!
Today you delve into the heart of Acadie, abounding with exceptional natural treasures such as Miscou Island, Lamèque Island and sand dunes.
Here you will meet the Acadian people: warm, authentic and inviting, they are always willing to share their cuisine, their traditions, their francophone culture and their history.
You spend the night in the resolutely Acadian town of Caraquet. This small coastal town lies on the shore of Baie des Chaleurs, one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
The spirit of Acadian celebration is ever present: don't hesitate if you have the chance to attend any Acadian gatherings or festivals!
Before leaving New Brunswick, plan to stop at Village Historique Acadien, an historical reconstruction that portrays the way of life of Acadians between 1770 and 1939.
Interpreters in period costumes provide a warm welcome, bringing traditional crafts and customs to life in authentic historical buildings. Each of the inhabitants has a story to tell!
Then you set course for Quebec and southern Gaspesie. Baie des Chaleurs has a long-standing reputation for open hospitality and "bon vivants" who enjoy the good things in life. You are sure to find a warm welcome that you will be hard-pressed to forget!
While you are in the area, take the opportunity to climb Mount St-Joseph, silent witness to the history of the earth and the human race.
Spend the morning in Baie des Chaleurs. The Bonaventure River, with its clear turquoise waters, is easily one of the most beautiful rivers in Quebec.
This afternoon you set a course for the iconic Percé Rock, sculpted by time and the sea at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula.
Enjoy your stay in the charming village of Percé, one of Quebec's most picturesque villages.
DAY 12 - Percé
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.
An extension of the Appalachians into the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this rocky city has Île Bonaventure as a fortress, and the majestic Percé Rock, the tourism emblem of Québec, as a stone vessel.
On the island, the fragrance and colour of the wildflowers and the fresh sea breezes will intoxicate you.
The road trip continues to the incredible Forillon National Park, with its 244 km² of magnificent seascapes, mountains and cliffs.
Cap Bon-Ami is definitely the best place from which to admire the Forillon cliffs.
And 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 you discover another magnificent national park: Gaspesie National Park.
The section of Route 132 between Forillon Park and Gaspesie Park is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular drives in Quebec, if not in Canada.
This park is 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 15 - 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 discovery hike "Vivez le Grand Nord".
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.
This morning you get to explore Bic National Park.
Located in the St. Lawrence estuary, this national park proudly showcases its capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains, which have contributed to its renown.
We strongly recommend seal watching at Cap-Caribou or Pointe-aux-Épinettes (depending on the tides).
DAY 17 - Bic National Park
We invite you to discover Quebec's back country in all its splendour, with its many unspoiled forests, rivers and lakes, carefully preserved through the years by the local inhabitants. Fishing is a favourite pastime here: fishing enthusiasts take note!
Nature lovers won't want to miss the chance to observe beaver at twilight in their natural habitat: this Canadian symbol is a kindly and fascinating animal.
Today's destination is Bas St-Laurent on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, a region known for its charming sleepy villages with their cheerful flower gardens.
Make a stop along the way to visit an art gallery, bask in the sun or take a stroll along the banks of the St. Lawrence to admire the scenery.
This morning you set a course for the beautiful and historic Quebec City, the cradle of French culture in the Americas.
Along the way, you might enjoy stopping in Kamouraska, a picturesque village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence.
Once you reach Quebec City, take some time to explore the city and its many historic sites, such as Place Royale, Petit Champlain, Dufferin Terrace and Château Frontenac. The entire old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.
It is not without regret that you leave Quebec City for the last - but not least - stage of your adventure in Eastern Canada: Montreal.
Like any great city, this sprawling francophone metropolis 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.