BAIE DES CHALEURS

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Baie des ChaleursBaie-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
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PARC FOSSILIFÈRE DE MIGUASHA*
History and nature lovers won't want to miss Miguasha fossil site, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 in recognition of its wealth of well-preserved fossils and their importance in understanding a page from the story of evolution. Visitors of all ages will enjoy discovering the fascinating world of fossils and paleontology. A visit of the site takes about an hour and a half.

231, route de Miguasha Ouest, Nouvelle  418-794-2475

BONAVENTURE RIVER CANOE RUN***
Descente en canot - Baie des ChaleursThe Bonaventure River begins at Bonaventure Lake in the Appalachian mountain chain and flows over a distance of 126 kilometres before emptying into Baie-des-Chaleurs. It is considered to be one of the clearest and most pristine rivers in the world.

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

CARLETON-SUR-MER BEACH*
Plage de Carleton-sur-merCarleton-sur-Mer is one of few places in Québec where you can swim comfortably in the ocean, without getting too cold! The warm ocean currents that enter the bay from the Gulf of St. Lawrence result in some of the warmest saltwater on the Atlantic coast north of the state of Virginia. There are several beaches in the area, depending what you are looking for. 

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.

HIKING ON MONT SAINT-JOSEPH*
Mont Saint-Joseph is one of the highest points in Baie-des-Chaleurs. At 555 metres above sea level, the summit offers a spectacular view** of the sea, all the way to the New Brunswick coast.

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 EAT

CASSE-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
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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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