When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Baie-des-Chaleurs or Chaleur Bay boasts a surprising diversity of vegetation and wildlife; stunning unspoiled ocean, mountain and river landscapes; a unique cultural heritage and, true to its name, the warmest water in Gaspésie!
The region has retained a rich and diverse culture: you will find that every village has its own particular accent, local festival and cultural traditions.
WHAT TO DO
* = Interesting ** = worth a detour *** = worth a trip
231, route de Miguasha Ouest, Nouvelle 418-794-2475
Canoeing down the crystal-clear Bonaventure River is a unique opportunity to discover the nature and wildlife of Gaspésie in a stunning natural setting. This activity is accessible for the whole family (aged 4 and over), for beginners and experts alike. All necessary equipment is provided. Different types of excursions are possible, lasting from 2 hours to 2 days.
Cime Aventure - 200, Athanase-Arsenault, Bonaventure 418-534-2333
The most popular of these is the municipal beach, right in the heart of Carleton-sur-mer. Its warm water, easy access, bathroom facilities and soft sand make it a favourite destination for locals and visitors alike.
Perched on its summit, the Oratoire Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Saint-Joseph is a former pilgrimage destination and is accessible by car. While you are there, you can take a guided tour of the oratory and enjoy some of the 30 kilometres of hiking trails.
Where to eat
WHERE TO EATCASSE-CROÛTE MAM’ZELLE MARIA ($)
If you are looking for a quick meal on the go, Mam'zelle Maria's is the place for you. This charming snack bar serves hamburgers, poutine and several seafood specialties, in addition to the the best homemade soft ice cream in the province ;-) A real institution in the region since 1954!
597 Boulevard Perron Est, Maria 418-579-3739
RESTAURANT DE LA BOULANGERIE ARTISANALE LA PÉTRIE ($)
What could be better than a sandwich on bread freshly baked in-house every day! La Pétrie is a great place for a light meal or just a good cup of coffee. The bakery offers a variety of breads and pastries baked with unbleached organic flour, as well as a breakfast and lunch menu of fresh salads, soups and sandwiches. The friendly, colourful decor even includes a kids' play area.
128 Avenue de Grand-Pré, Bonaventure 418-534-3445
POISSONNERIE DU PÊCHEUR ($)
This unique establishment offers a fishmonger's and a restaurant under the same roof, with a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. The menu features fish and seafood prepared with the freshest of ingredients: Coquilles St. Jacques, fish soup, mousse, quiche, pâtés and much more. You can even bring your own wine! Dinner reservations are recommended.
230 Route 132 Est, Bonaventure 418-534-2434
RESTO-BISTRO DES BOUTS DE LIGNE ($$ et $$$)
Your hosts Alain and Suzanne will be happy to welcome you to their bistro with its superb view of Baie-des-Chaleurs. The menu offers a wide variety of French and Québec cuisine, with an emphasis on fish and seafood specialties. There is often a musician playing on Saturday evenings.
445 Boulevard Perron, Maria 418-759-3661
LE MARIN D’EAU DOUCE ($$$)
Le Marin d’eau douce is situated in an old 1820s house built close to the Baie-des-Chaleurs beach, with a lovely view of the ocean. The restaurant is known for its fish and seafood as well as for its meat and game. The refined and sunny French cuisine of Chef Mustapha Benhamidou has an exotic touch inspired by his Moroccan origins. Try the house specialty, Amerindian-style Atlantic salmon (with maple syrup and coarse salt).
215 Route du Quai, Carleton 418-364-7602
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