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“La Gaspésie” is a diverse landscape of natural beauty. One of the world’s must-sees according to National Geographic Traveler, it is crossed by a network of trails that beg for hiking. This hiking tour is a mix of fresh air challenges and cultural exploration.

Fly into Quebec City to begin your adventure. We’ll stop at the glass-walled Musée national des beauxarts du Québec to see 25,000 works by Quebec artists. We’ll tour Old Quebec City, one of the most beautiful in North America. In Rimouski, 200 years of maritime history are on display at Point-au-Pere Maritime Historic Museum, and Exploramer in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts shows off the sea from every angle.

Montmorency Falls and Reford Gardens give us gorgeous greenery and “splashes” of colour. The 18th-century Musee de Pêche-de-Paspébiac preserves fishing’s legacy en route to Percé. Sun-basking seals, nesting eiders, and rare flora bloom on the cape at Bic National Park. A full day hike from our magnificent 4-star hotel, Gîte du Mont-Albert, tests our legs on cobbled paths that wind through valleys fringed by thickets of red dogwood. A boat ride and guided hike on l’Île Bonaventure Park at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula offers stunning views, peaceful forests, colonies of birds, and meadow landscapes.

graVeS trail to Cap-gaSpe

Part of Forillon National Park’s “Les Graves” trail, the Cap-Gaspé route is 8kms of beautiful scenery, passing by fishing villages, meadows, deserted pebble beaches, and crumbly cliffs. The windswept sand gives way to rocky banks draped in wildflowers. Your boots and binoculars are in for a treat! Wildlife is abundant, and the mountain backdrop undulates in blues and greys like layered waves. Les Graves is a birders’ paradise! Look for kittiwakes, guillemots, and razorbills as you rove the coastline that ends on a cliff top at Land’s End – which feels more like the edge of the world. The hike to the Lighthouse provides a spectacular view of the rugged shoreline. Here you’ll find the zero marker for the International Appalachian Trail that extends 4553km down to Georgia, USA – with recent extensions continuing from the Gaspé into Europe! Are you ready? Fill your soul and your camera with gorgeous views in every direction.

 

Highlights

  • Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
  • Old Quebec walking tour
  • Montmorency Falls: cable car ride and dinner
  • Point-au-Pere Maritime Historic Museum and Onondaga Submarine Reford Gardens
  • 2 nights at Gîte du Mont-Albert in Gaspesie National Park
  • Forillon National Park
  • Musee de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac
  • Whale Watching tour
  • Site d’Interprétation Micmac de Gespeg
  • Exploramer at Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

Hikes

  •  Bic National Park guided hike
  • 1.5 days of hiking in Gaspesie National Park
  • Boat to l’Île-Bonaventure- et-du-Rocher-Percé and guided hike
  • Graves Trail to Cap-Gaspe hike, Forillon National Park

Return airfare from Toronto, motorcoach transportation, 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST and TVQ.

  • Quebec City, QC: Hotel Clarendon (1 night)
  • Rimouski, QC: Hotel Rimouski (1 night)
  • Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, QC: Gîte du Mont-Albert Hotel (2 nights)
  • Percé, QC: Hotel le Mirage (2 nights)
  • Gaspé, QC: Baker Hotel (1 night)
  • Rimouski, QC: Hotel Rimouski (1 night)

Day1

Toronto to Quebec City
Fly from Pearson to Quebec City and have lunch (on your own) at Tempera Quebecor in the Musee des Beaux-Arts. Some of the artwork in this gorgeous museum dates to the 18th century, housed in a beautiful glass building that’s a work of art itself. A self-guided tour of the galleries within the museum is a gorgeous way to spend an hour and a half before a guided walking tour of Old Quebec. Explore old-world architecture and charming boutiques on the cobblestone streets of Quebec City’s Quartier Petit-Champlain. History is alive on this city tour with a local guide dressed in period costume. See historic venues such as Place-Royale and the Plains of Abraham. Visit the iconic Chateau Frontenac overlooking the Saint Lawrence River. Built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1894, it sits atop one of the most scenic areas in the city.  
Arrive at the Hotel Clarendon before five and depart for Montmorency Falls at 5:30 pm for a cable car ride to the top of the “monstrous steep,” so named by John Keats. At 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls, a walk across the suspension bridge affords pretty amazing views. Dinner at magnificent Montmorency Falls. Return to Quebec City for free time on your own. 
Stay: Hotel Clarendon, Quebec City
Nights: 1
Meals: D

Day2

Quebec City to Rimouski  
A 7:30 wake-up call begins the day with bags out and breakfast at 8:00 am. We’ll head to Trois Pistoles for lunch and arrive at Bic National park (33.2 square hectares) on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River at 1:00 pm for a guided hike along the beach. Look for sun-basking seals, nesting eiders, and rare plants blooming on the cape. There are over 25 kms of hiking trails in Bic, and many lookouts offer unbeatable views.
At 3:00 pm we are off to Rimouski, allowing two hours to visit the Point-au-Pere Maritime Historic Museum. Inside, you’ll discover 200 years of maritime history, including the first submarine open to the Canadian public since 2009, the HMCS Onondaga. The Onondaga was decommissioned in 2000 as the last Canadian Oberon. We’ll arrive at Hotel Rimouski for dinner (guests on your own) at 6:00 pm. 
Stay: Hotel Rimouski, QC
Nights: 1
Meals: B

Day3

Rimouski to Sainte-Anne-des-Monts
After breakfast, we’ll head for Reford Gardens, one of Canada’s outstanding horticultural gems with over 3000 plant varieties. The extraordinary gardens were planted in 1926, cared for until 1958 by Elsie Reford at Estevan Lodge, and opened to the public in 1962. Elsie was a remarkable woman! Engaging in social and political scenes, she was a mother, sportswoman, angler, hunter, canoeist, traveller, and charitable activist. What began as her fishing lodge transformed into something rare and beautiful. But it was not without great effort:
“Elsie excavated and dug, built stone walls and moved trees. She brought boulders from neighbouring fields. She created fine compost required for exotic plants with leaves she had bartered from local farmers. Where experienced plantsmen had failed, she succeeded in transplanting or propagating rare species, like azaleas and Meconopsis, and adapting them to the Quebec climate. She trained local men, farmers and fishing guides, making them expert gardeners. Together, they built a remarkable garden over three decades.”
One of the most remarkable of the many gardens is the Blue Himalayan Poppy Garden, which has naturalized, remarkably, to the St. Lawrence climate. 
After 11:00, we’ll head for Gîte du Mont-Albert, arriving in the late afternoon. Enjoy the resort, a magnificent 4-star retreat located in the heart of Parc national de la Gaspésie. All of the rooms are set at an angle to give you a magnificent view of Mont Albert. The hotel is known for hospitality, fine local cuisine, and unique decor. Go out and hike on a trail then gather back at the hotel for a group dinner at Le Gite Restaurant. 
Stay: Gite du Mont-Albert Hotel, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day4

Full day of hiking
Breakfast at 8:00 am! Pick up your boxed lunch and then we’re off for a day of guided hiking, filling our lungs with salty air down wildflower paths. Back for a 7:00 pm dinner at Le Gite. 
Meals: B, L, D

Day5

Sainte Marie Des Montes to Perce
After breakfast, we’ll drive to Musee Banc de Peche de Paspebiac at 9:00 am. The preserved 18th-century Paspébiac Bank Historic Site is a ten-building complex built between 1783 and 1900 by fishing companies from Jersey. We’ll have lunch en route and stop for a 1.5-hour guided tour of the museum before heading to Perce to check in to Hotel le Mirage for two nights.
Stay: Hotel le Mirage, Perce, QC
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day6

Local hiking
After breakfast, we’ll walk to our boat and set sail. A cruise and guided hike of Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé on the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula offers stunning views of peaceful forests, meadow landscapes, and steep cliffs. Visitors can hike on four trails that showcase the park’s outstanding flora and fauna, including Atlantic puffins, the famous colony of Northern Gannets, and several species of seabirds that come to the park to breed. Lunch on your own on the island or the mainland and free time to explore. 
Meals: B

Day7

Perce to Gaspe
Rise and shine! A 6:30 am early wake-up call starts the day off right. Grab your lunch and we’re off to Gaspe, arriving in Forillon Park at 9:15 am. At 10:00 am, a whale watching tour in Croisieres Baie de Gaspe is a humbling way to spend a morning. We’ll trade in our sea legs for a drive to the trailhead of Graves Trail after lunch. Hiking Les Graves to Cap-Gaspe is beyond photo-worthy! Tie up your laces for a 4:00 pm departure! We’ll stop at Cap Bon Ami or Cap des Rosier Lighthouse for a photo stop. After a full day, we’ll head for the Baker Hotel in Gaspe, arriving around dinnertime for a free evening. 
Stay: Barker Hotel, Gaspe, QC
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L

Day8

Gaspe to Rimouski    
After breakfast, we’re off at 9:00 am for a two-hour guided tour of Site d’interpretation Micmac de Gespeg, showcasing the Mi’gmaq culture of the Aboriginal community in Gaspé. We’ll stop in Sainte Anne des Monts at Exploramer for lunch and a tour. Exploramer is an activity complex of touch pools, fish harvesting, an aquarium park, museum—even sea excursions—that teaches about the precious marine environment of the St. Lawrence River. Discover the sea as if for the first time!
We’ll arrive at our hotel in Rimouski at 5:30 pm for a farewell dinner.
Stay: Hotel Rimouski, Rimouski, QC
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L, D

Day9

Quebec City to Home  
Breakfast and then a 9:00 am departure for Quebec City, stopping for free time in Old Quebec. The airport awaits! The motorcoach leaves at 3:30 pm for the airport. A 5:45 pm flight to Toronto arrives in Pearson at 7:30 pm. We hope you take with you the joie de vivre of the Gaspesie!
Meals: B

 

These destinations offer very limited accessibility and guests can expect to experience uneven surfaces (i.e. cobblestones) or hilly ground on a regular basis. This level applies to many of our overseas tours as many historical landmarks tend to demand greater effort to reach. This also applies to our Newfoundland tours as accessibility options are scarce in some remote areas.

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