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Gaspésie Grand Tour

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Description

From Gaspésie parks to the extreme tip of the peninsula, we travel through preserved natural spaces housing several animal species. A trip that combines hiking and discovery in the heart of Quebec’s most beautiful sites. From the union between land and sea is born a universe of emotions, the Gaspésie. Emotion in the Chic-Chocs mountains, when perhaps we will surprise the caribou herd in migration. Emotion again when we reach the extreme tip of the peninsula where vegetation is mixed between northern and arctic flora, when we approach Bonaventure island, the refuge of thousands of gannets. Or again when we come to the “End of the Earth”, at Cape Gaspé, where we will witness the beauty of seals and whales. A universe mixing the charms of nature with the charm of Quebec City.

Highlights

  • Hiking Quebec’s National Parks and observe wildlife: a sea bird colony, moose, black bears, etc.
  • Visiting the oldest settlement in North America – Quebec City’s Old Town
  • Sea kayak excursion to meet the seals
  • Your host’s warm Quebec welcome
  • The unique variety of accommodations surrounded by nature
  • Cooking meals with your guide for a taste of local flavors

Itinerary

Day 01
Arrive in Quebec City

Downtown standard hotel ***

Arrive in Quebec City and check into your hotel. Free time in the city depending on flight times. Rendezvous with your guide for trip presentation the next morning in the lobby. Free time for dinner.

Note: We recommend extending your stay in Montreal to experience the city’s many attractions.

Day 02
Visit Lac-Témiscouata National Park

Ready-to-camp, triple/quad share

310km, 3,5hrs drive

In the morning, you meet with your guide in the hotel lobby where you’ll receive the official trip presentation before leaving the city for Lac-Témiscouata. Sculpted by glaciers, its shores are covered by diverse forest habitats where the soothing sound of water, streams, cascades and rivers, is never far away. We embark on an easy bike ride on the Grey Owl Trail, along the banks of the lake. If time allows, we’ll explore one of the park’s hiking trails while keeping our eyes open for the park’s symbol: the bald eagle. Spend the night in ready-to-camp tents. B, L, D

Activities

Bike ride Grey-Owl trail: 11km (return), 1h30 biking time, 15m elevation, easy
Hike suggestions La Montagne-du-Fourneau trail: 5,8km, 2hrs, 185m elevation, easy Sutherland trail: 6,4km (loop), 2,5hrs, 40m elevation, intermediate
Day 03
Drive to Gaspésie National Park

Rustic refuge, 8 person domitories

320km, 4hrs drive

We make our way to Gaspésie’s immense territory. The National Park, renowned for its many hiking opportunities, hides in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, sheltering more than 25 summits over a 1000m. Due to the altitude, a unique diversity of arctic-alpine plants thrive on its summits. Those plants are the feeding grounds for the caribou, while in the valleys below, moose forage along many of the other smaller animals that can be found in the Park. Accommodation is provided in a refuge for the next two nights, where you can spend the evening relaxing next to a warming fire. B, L, D

Day 04
Hike in Gaspésie National Park

Rustic refuge, 8 person domitories

Our hiking choice for today will depend on the group’s general condition. We either hike Monts Ernest Ménard (850m) and Pic du Brûlé (790m) that offer magnificent points of view of the Chic-Chocs wall and the St. Lawrence valley. For the more courageous, possibility of bathing in lake Cascapédia at the end of the day. Or another option is hiking Mont Albert (870m) via La Montée trail, offering exceptional panoramas. Night in the refuge. B, L, D

Hikes

Pic du Brûlé trail 13,2km (loop), elevation gain 430m, 5hrs
Mont Albert trail 1,47 km (loop), elevation gain 870m, 7,5 hrs
Day 05
Transfer to Percé

Hotel

230km, 3,5hrs drive

Last small hike in the Gaspesie park on the Lac aux Américains trail where the glacial cirque is absolutely fabulous under the sunlight.
Afterwards, we hit the road to reach the small city of Percé located at the Gaspe pointe, renowned for its famous Rocher Percé and Île Bonaventure located across from it. We stay at the hotel for two nights. B , L

Hike

Lac Aux Américains trail 1,5hrs, 2,6km
Day 06
Excursion to Bonaventure Island

Hotel

Today we board a boat to get a closer look at the famous Rocher Percé and make our way to Île Bonaventure, the refuge for more than 200,000 migratory birds including an impressive colony of gannets. We will take a short walk to explore the island. Return to our hotel at the end of the day. B, L

Activities

Cruise Bonaventure Island
Hike Les Mousses & le Chemin du Roy trails: 4hrs, 8 km, elevation gain 135m
Day 07
Hike in Forillon National Park

Ready-to-camp, triple/quad share

100 km, 1,5hrs drive

We leave towards Forillon National Park, an astonishing backdrop; between cliffs, prairies, mountains and shingle beaches. We follow the Mont Saint-Alban trail where we will discover absolutely grandiose landscapes. Accommodation in ready-to-camp tents for two nights. B, L, D

Hike

Mont Saint-Alban trail 3,5hrs, 7,8km, elevation gain 275m
Day 08
Sea kayaking in Forillon National Park

Ready-to-camp, triple/quad share

In the morning, we partake in a sea kayak excursion where chances to spot seals and perhaps other species are high as it is a natural habitat with plenty of food for marine mammals. In the afternoon, we hike to discover the park through Les Graves trail. We will approach a lighthouse operated by solar power, built on a 95m cliff, with a breathtaking view. Return to our ready-to-camp tents at the end of the day. B, L, D

Hike

Les Graves trail (portion) : 2,5hrs, 8km, elevation gain 80m
Day 09
Drive to Bic National Park

Ready-to-camp, triple/quad share

400 km, 5hrs drive

We leave towards the Bic National Park on the edge of the coast. Gaze upon the beautiful landscapes all along the drive. Located on the edge of the St. Lawrence River, the park is home to diverse terrestrial and aquatic fauna, including seals and common eiders, large sea ducks that call the Park home. We’ll go on a short hike to witness some of the best views of the estuary. In the evening, sit by the river and witness the magnificent sunset! Accommodation in ready-to-camp tents at the end of the day. B, L, D

Hike

Le Pic Champlain trail 2hrs, 6km, elevation gain 200m
Day 10
Explore Bic National Park on foot

Ready-to-camp, triple/quad share

We organize this day depending on the tides. If possible, we hike the Grand Tour trail, to explore the park’s beaches, cliffs and forests. Keep your eyes open for any marine animals, as there are plenty about. If the tide doesn’t allow us to take this trail, we will explore Les Anses trail, which links Cape Caribou and Cape Enragé. We follow the shoreline where are able to spot the local seals. After our picnic, we venture on the Scoggan Trail to admire the Baie des Ha!Ha! from the belvederes. Night in ready-to-camp tents.

Hikes

Grand Tour trail 8,7km (loop), 3hrs, 95m elevation gain
Scoggan trail 7km (return), 2,5hrs, 120m elevation gain
Les Anses trail 3,4km (return), 1,5hrs, 20m elevation gain
Day 11
Drive to Quebec City

Downtown standard hotel ***

300 km, 3,50hrs drive

We follow the lower St. Lawrence road to arrive in Quebec City. Situated on the top of Cap Diamant overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is the cradle of French America. The Old Quebec area, a historical district designated by UNESCO in 1985, is one of the only walled cities in North America. Among monuments to be seen, the Château Frontenac, the Plains of Abraham, the Petit-Champlain district and even more! Free time in Quebec City and end of the day meeting of the group for a final dinner (not included). B, L

Day
Quebec city - end of tour

End of tour. Airport transfer not included. B

Note: We recommend extending your stay in Quebec City or in Montreal at the end of the tour to fully appreciate what these two beautiful cities have to offer.

Note: B = breakfast L = lunch D = diner
Itinerary note: The guide reserves the right to modify the itinerary for the group’s safety depending on the weather and general operating conditions.

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Geneviève Gobeil

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Laurence Boisvert

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Laurent Christin

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Dates & prices

  • 4 August 2020 2935 $CA
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  • 25 August 2020 2935 $CA
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  • 15 September 2020 2935 $CA
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Inclusive

  • Accommodation: 4 nights standard 3* hotel, 2 nights in a refuge and 5 nights in ready-to-camp tents
  • Transport: 12 passenger’s minibus with trailer for luggages from 8 participants
  • Bilingual driver-guide (French-English)
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 picnics and 7 dinners
  • National Parks entrance fees
  • Cruise to Bonaventure Island
  • Sea kayaking excursion to meet the seals
  • Wildlife viewing with our guide
  • Cooking equipment to prepare meals in chalets and pic-nics
  • Canadian taxes

Non inclusive

  • Airport meet and greet and transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Some meals in Quebec city and Percé
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights and travel insurance

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