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July 2017

Gatineau, Canada
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July 2017

Bonjour,

I am planning on visiting the Gaspé peninsula in July 2017 with my 2 teenage daughters. We are leaving from Gatineau and would prefer not to drive more than 5-6 hours at a time.

Rivières du Loup 1 night (whale watching boat excursion)

Cap des Rosiers and Parc Forillon 3 nights

Gaspé 2 nights

Percé and l’Ile Bonaventure 3 nights

Baie des chaleurs 2 nights

Québec 2 nights

Can you tell me if the iteniary above make sense. Comments/suggestions are welcome.

Accomodation; How far in advance should we start booking as we are looking for places that offer a nice view.

Activities; we are interested in horseback riding and ziplining. I found Domaine du Centaure in Forillon for horseback riding but nothins for zipling. Suggestions please.

Merci.

Chantal

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1. Re: July 2017

you should plan to stop at le Bic national park.

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2. Re: July 2017

If you spend 3 nights in Forillon, I don't think 2 additional nights in Gaspé is the best use of your time, as there is not much more to do or see in the city itself; Forillon is the main attraction in the area. Instead, I suggest you look up Parc National de la Gaspésie for some hiking and the highest mountains in Eastern Canada (south of Labrador). Hiking up Mt Jacques-Cartier (over 4000 feet high !), Mt Albert (almost 4000) or even Mt Ernest-Laforce (a bit under 3000 but what a view !!!) is really REALLY worth it !! :)

As for accomodations, it should be easy to get your 1st choices if you book somewhere towards the end of the winter. If your vacation is during construction holidays, maybe check earlier.

I agree with Josée you should stop for at least a few hours at le Bic. Beautiful place.

Gatineau, Canada
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3. Re: July 2017

Thank you for your suggestions. I will continue with my research and come back at a later date with a more detailed itinerary.

Chantal

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4. Re: July 2017

We did Perce and Ile Bonaventure in a day! no overnight required - there is not much in this area other than that!

I'd cut a day out here and whale watch from St Simone instead of Riviere du Loup (we just went and found it kind of a boring place and the hotels and food is not very good.)

Quebec City in summer is marvelous!

Forillon can be done in three days - we did not see any reason to stop in Gaspe except for supplies.

Grande Vallee has an amazing Casse-Croute - we loved the food and ice cream. Stop in Trois Pistoles for cheese from Fromagerie Basques and poutine at Cantine D'Amours.

Enjoy!

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5. Re: July 2017

I am sorry but if you think there is not much to do in Percé other than Île Bonaventure, you have missed a lot. There is the hiking trails and panoramic look-outs at Mont Ste-Anne, la Grotte, Mont Joli and la Crevasse; the Geo Park; la Rivière aux Émeraudes; the historical buildings near the wharf and in l'Anse-à-Beaufils; the beaches at Coin-du-Banc, Cap d'Espoir and l'Anse-à-Beaufils...Impossible to see all there is to see in less than 3-4 full days ! ;)

No choice, you will have to go back !!! ;)

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6. Re: July 2017

Hi Chantal

It is best to avoid the last two weeks of July (construction holiday).

I'm in Ottawa, so if you want we could get together for coffee and I can help you do up an itinerary that fits your budget and time. Let me know.

There are so many different ways of getting there, depending on your interests. You could take the 132 right from the 417 and have a lovely leisurely trek through le tout Québec, or boot it along the 50 to 640 to 40 & take a ferry across to Matane if you want to overdose on whale watching. I've done food porn tours following the Gaspésie Gourmande trails (lobster poutine, YESSSS!!!) or you can do archeology tours (Miguasha, Restigouche, Pabos, Gaspé) or outdoor sports (hanggliding, kayaking, SUP, Appalachian Trail, Mt Albert) or... geology/mining, or beach bum, or music festivals, or....

The Gaspé is one of the greatest unknown tourism destination. I am Gaspesian, and over the decades of heading home from 'wa 3-4 times per year I've done a lot - yet barely scratched the surface of all the possibilities. Let me have an idea of your interests and I'd be more than happy to set you up with an itinerary to die for.

(and gannets, an italian vineyard, and cheeses, yurts on the bay, horseback riding tours, lavender&poetry, art shows, history, matane shrimp, windmills, and I think I forgot to mention

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7. Re: July 2017

Interesting post! I am from Ottawa as well, and planning a vacation beginning of August in Gaspésie with my teenage daughter :)

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8. Re: July 2017

Nice Karen ! Let us know if you have any questions ! :)

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9. Re: July 2017

Sounds decent. Also check out Parc de la Gaspesie near Ste Anne Des Monts. There is also a new boat cruise in Gaspe. Check out Haldimand beach, Cap aux Os beach, Peninsula pointe (now run by Forillon Park) the Cannons, emerald river

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