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driving from Quebec City to Gaspe

Albany, New York
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driving from Quebec City to Gaspe

We are driving to the Gaspe Pennisula from Quebec City at the end of July. Should we drive through the Charlevoiux area and take the ferry across from Saint Simeon or drive on the other side of the river directly to the pennisula? The ferry trip with a camper is costly so not sure which route to take. Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: driving from Quebec City to Gaspe

if your main goal is to go to Percé, no need go to charlevoix, unless you want to go to tadoussac, 50 km past there you can take les escoumins ferry

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2. Re: driving from Quebec City to Gaspe

If you find the ferry crossing expensive just catch highway 20 on the south shore until it ends after Rivière-du Loup and then all the way to do the loop on 132.

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3. Re: driving from Quebec City to Gaspe

Hi Albany!

The Charlevoix country along the north shore of the St. Lawrence eastward from Quebec City is more scenic than the south shore: the miracle shrine at Ste. Anne de Beaupre (accompanied by related kitsch, everything from an Edison phonograph museum to an apiary); the casino and super-duper resort at Manoir Richelieu; and the charming town of Malbaie. among other attractions We find the natural scenery the real treat here, though. The road, Route 138, is hilly and rugged, but a good paved highway, mostly two-lane undivided with a few four-lane sections. It's easily drivable in a Stanley Steamer.

You have three problems with the north shore, though: the ferry is pricy, as you've already found; it takes longer, with a 2-hour sail across the St. Lawrence plus lining up for the ferry; and there's no freeway. The highway along the south shore, Route 20, is freeway all the way to Riviere du Loup, where the ferry from the north shore lands, and you can easily make Riviere du Loup from Quebec City in two hours.

If you take Route 20, get off the freeway for a slice of some of French Canada's most charming scenery: eastbound, take Exit 444 and follow the old highway, Route 132 (or even better some of the rural roads like Petite Anse and Chemin de la Grève directly on the St. Lawrence) through villages like Kamouraska and St. Andre. You can rejoin the freeway at Exit 488, although by this time you're only 10 miles from Riviere du Loup.

The two sides of the Gaspe Peninsula are quite different. The northern side, which equals the south shore of the St. Lawrence, grows more rugged the farther east you go. Especially east of Mont Joli, where Route 20 peters out, the highway runs directly along the river itself, with lots of steep hills and a panoramic view across the water. We love driving it! There are usually truck lanes and several four-lane sections along the way, making it easier for me to pull out and pass the campers!

The south side, the Bay Chaleur side, is more populous, more developed and busier with traffic. It's also offers scenery, but in a more built-up way. At. Carleton is a paved road, wide enough for two normal travel lanes, leading to a stunning lookoff, St. Joseph's, from which you can see along the New Brunswick shore far across the bay. You'll have to decide when you get there whether you want to scale it in a camper, but many do.

The jewel of the Gaspe Peninsula is the ultra-charming village of Perce. It's tiny, but offers a remarkably long list of worthwhile things to see, from the vast seabird population of Bonaventure Island, which you can either cruise around or walk across, or both; to the peaks above the village on Route des Failles; to the boardwalk along the waterfront through the village; to wa walk out to the base of the Perce Rock itself. You'll find many souvenir shops with many interesting objects (and lots of goofy stuff!) and numerous restaurants. In summer, Perce prices creep up, but most things are still reasonable, although I would not call them inexpensive in July.

We very much like waking up before the sun (sunrise is 4:50 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday July 31) and getting out along the boardwalk to position ourselves to see sunrise shining through the cavity in the famed Perce Rock. You've seen the pictures, I'm sure, and in real life it's impressive. From the center of the village, the rock commands an unforgettable first impression. My most indelible memory is looking out the motel window in the early evening, seeing the lights of the village reflecting off the massive stone.

North of Perce is Forillon National Park, a Canadian National Park where you find the extreme eastern tip of the Gaspe with beaches, cliffs and the final end of the Appalachians. In the center of the Gaspe Peninsula lies Gaspesie National Park, a Quebec (provincial) national park. Gaspesie is much the larger and it's in the interior only. We think Gaspesie Park looks much like similar rugged regions of New England, interesting but not more than that. Forillon Park is where you go to see the primeval Gaspe shore.

Happy travels, and let me know if I can help further.



Edited: 11:03 am, July 16, 2011
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4. Re: driving from Quebec City to Gaspe

Hi, we are heading out to Gaspe in a few weeks for our first time. We have a 27ft motorhome. People keep referring to steep hills, what are they like....8%, 10% more? Are they long? I have looked on line for info on Rte 132 and cant find a lot of information. Any help would be appreciated.

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5. Re: driving from Quebec City to Gaspe

Hi NH!

The south shore the the Gaspe Peninsula, the Bay Chaleur side, is the less hilly of the two.

Even the north shore, though, the St. Lawrence River side, has grades no more excessive than you're already familiar with in New Hampshire. The speed limit on the highway is 55 mph (actually, 90 km/h).

The hills on the north shore are steeper than on the Interstate, but not like, say, Mount Washington. I saw numerous signs announcing the grade (but I don't remember the steepest because I don't drive a motor home), however not the kind warning that a stretch might be closed to motor homes. Judging from the number of Stanley Steamers I pulled out and passed, you won't be the only motor home on the highway, and there are frequent truck lanes for slower vehicles.

Happy travels!


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7. Re: driving from Quebec City to Gaspe

Hi TravelFever19,


And I see you are fairly NEW to the TA FORUMS… so a BIG Welcome Aboard as well !!

How much time… a lot is going to depend on WHEN you are planning to visit.

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NOTE – This is an older post from earlier this summer that you have “tagged onto”

And it looks like SCL-11 got his Questions answered about his July Trip… so technically this “topic” has expired (Traveller has come and gone).

For the best assortment of answers your Questions I suggest the following…

Go back to the Main Page for the GASPE TRAVEL FORUM = tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g494965-i11682-k463… and click on the ORANGE BUTTON marked ASK A QUESTION…

Firstly, When one creates a NEW Topic for NEW Questions here on TripAdvisor your needs go to the top of the pile… front and centre. And Local Destination Experts receive emails form TA telling us that someone is in need of our assistance / expertise.

Secondly, It also means that you can track your Topic and know when their have been replies (TA will send you an email to the account that you use as your TA Membership Log-In)

Third… You can create a TRAVEL FILE to accumulate all the info in one place for your upcoming trip… see your TA PROFILE PAGE for more info.

And lastly, with a NEW Topic more Local Advisors & DEs will be aware of your needs, which will generate more replies / suggestions… which in the end will be a better experience for you in regards to using TA and Trip Planning.

Which is actually why I highly recommend that Travellers always post NEW Topics… as it means you’ll get the most out of your Membership… in all honestly, it doesn’t really matter how many topics are “active” in a FORUM

From a basic stand-point, when a topic is Active and there are more than one Traveller asking Questions it can be very confusing… and replies get muddled… and in the end someone may actually miss out on an opportunity to get the info that they need / are seeking.

On top of all these reasons for yourself… it is also considered the “polite” thing to do in that the Original Poster (OP) doesn’t receive emails from TripAdvisor telling them to check “their” topic as their has been activity.

So… we look forward to your NEW Topic… (and don’t forget to tell us the timeframe of this planned trip)… I am sure you will get a lot of feedback from the Local Advisors & DEs who know Gaspe well.



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8. Re: driving from Quebec City to Gaspe

Hi Freehold!

You know best how much time you'll want to take for various types of attractions.

At Perce, for instance, I think I'd stay two nights, with one full day for excursions like Bonaventure Island, sandwiched by half-days for exploring and strolling.

Especially if you'll be coming in summer, it's fun to get up before sunrise and be out on the boardwalk, to catch the view of the sun coming up behind the great rock, then walk to line up the sunrise with the view through the arch in the rock. Late autumn and winter are not as good because the sun gets out of alignment as December gets closer.

I know that you do NOT like to rush, but if one had to rush, it's merely a long afternoon drive from Campbellton, New Brunswick, to Perce, or a day's drive from Perce to Rimouski, QC. Aside from that, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied, so you can add days and explore all along the Gaspe Peninsula and even in the Chic Choc Mountains of the interior.

Happy travels, and don't hesitate to let me know if I can help further!



Edited: 7:53 am, October 02, 2011
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9. Re: driving from Quebec City to Gaspe

hi and thanks for all info esp. the incorrect way to place a ?. happy fall!

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