Since the start of our PVT Canada adventure, Gaspésie was on our list of places to discover in Quebec. While we used to travel outside Quebec for our summer holidays, we “took advantage” of the Covid situation (border closures, quarantine, etc.) to take a road trip in Gaspésie. 2 week road trip in Gaspésie in mid-August to discover one of the most beautiful peninsulas in Canada.
First of all, our road trip itinerary in Gaspésie: 2 weeks in August
On the program for this 2-week road trip in Gaspésie, 3,000 kilometers in total with 6 stages: Parc du Bic, Baie des Chaleurs, Percé, Parc Forillon, Parc de la Gaspésie and Parc du Lac Témiscouata.
We chose to discover the Gaspé in a counterclockwise direction. That is to say from East to West. In this sense, we have been driving on the sea side all the time and especially kept the most interesting stages of the road trip for the end. A rise in importance of places to discover.
Finally, regarding the weather during this road trip in Gaspésie in August, we had a few rainy days / nights. Especially at the end of the trip in Parc de la Gaspésie and Parc du Lac Témiscouata. The rest of the time we had great sun and temperatures around 20 ° – 25 °.
Our road trip itinerary in Gaspésie step by step
3 days to reach the Gaspé from Montreal
About 800 km separate the Gaspé from Montreal, that’s why we chose to travel in several days:
- Day 1: Montreal – Parc du Bic. 500 km with stops at Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière (Lévis) and in the charming village of Trois-Pistoles.
- Day 2: Discovery of the Parc du Bic. Hikes in the sublime Bic National Park, renowned for its bays, islets, seals and sunsets.
- Day 3: Parc du Bic – Carleton-sur-Mer. 260 km and 4 stops: the submarine HMCS Onondaga in Rimouski, the frescoes at Mont-Joli, the Chute à Philomène and the Route des Belvédères.
3 days in the Baie des Chaleurs
1 st stage in Gaspésie: Baie des Chaleurs. This arm of the Gulf of St. Lawrence which separates the Gaspé peninsula in Quebec from New Brunswick is home to some of the most beautiful bays in the country. To discover the Baie des Chaleurs, we settled in Carleton sur Mer. A pleasant central village that allows us to hike on Mont Saint Joseph, gourmet stops in Maria, eat lobster at Le Frigidaire bistro in Carleton sur Sea and kayaking on the magnificent and transparent Bonaventure River.
2 days in Percé
Unmissable step during a road trip in Gaspésie, we spent 2 days in Percé. 2 days to contemplate the Rock from all angles and at all times of the day. We also took advantage of being in Percé to go hiking on Bonaventure Island. An island on which there is an impressive and noisy colony of Northern Gannets as well as malicious seals.
3 days in Forillon Park at the end of the Gaspé Peninsula
Settled in Cap de Rosier, we explore Forillon National Park for 2 days. Home to an important and varied fauna, we have the chance to see seals, porcupines and beavers. But unfortunately no black bears and moose. During these 2 days, we do several hikes including Les Graves which lead to the end of the world. Unmissable! And we also take advantage of the beautiful sandy beaches offered by the park for a little relaxation.
3 days of camping in the Gaspésie National Park
Last stop of our 2-week road trip itinerary in Gaspésie, the Gaspésie National Park. This unmissable park is home to more than 25 peaks reaching more than 1,000 meters. But also a large population of caribou and moose. Moose that we will have the chance to see three times during the hikes of Mont Ernest Laforce and Mont Albert. Each time, at most fifteen meters from us, incredible!
Finally, 3 days to return to Montreal via the Lac-Témiscouata National Park
As on the way there, we make the route in 2 times. We stop in the Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata. On the program: two short hikes and a canoe trip on one of the park’s lakes. All while sleeping in a ready to camp inside the park at the Anse à William campsite.
The hotels of our trip to Gaspésie
Here are all the hotels we stayed in on this trip:
Our hotels from Bic to Cap-des-Rosiers
- Motel du Bic (Bic): Small motel located 1 km from one of the entrances to the Bic National Park. Recently refurbished. Perfect location but noisy. From $ 100 per night with a very light breakfast.
- Motel L’Abri (Carleton-sur-Mer): Very spacious, pleasant and renovated room in this motel located at the entrance of Carleton-sur-Mer. The hotel offers rooms and apartments with kitchenette. Starting at $ 120 per night.
- Manor of Percé (Percé): hotel in the heart of Percé with a view of the rock. Spacious rooms but a bit dated. Starting at $ 120 per night with a light breakfast.
- Hotel Motel Le Pharillon (Cap-des-Rosiers): motel with sea view rooms located a stone’s throw from the Cap des Rosiers lighthouse and the northern entrance to Forillon National Park. Very nice owners and good advice. Starting at $ 90 per night.
Our accommodations from Parc de la Gaspésie to Lac Témiscouata
- Camping and ready-to-camp Mont-Albert (Gaspésie National Park): Huttopia tent with 4 beds, fridge, kitchen utensils, table, chairs,… In short, everything you need for camping. Ready to camp starting at $ 94 per night.
- Morning dawn (Cap-Chat): Charming and small Bed & Breakfast with 6 rooms. Room with private room and breakfast from $ 115 per night.
- Camping and ready-to-camp Anse-à-William (Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata): Ready to camp from $ 94 per night.
Find all of our accommodations and our favorite addresses for this road trip in Gaspésie in our article: Where to sleep in Gaspésie?
Our favorite restaurants on this road trip in Gaspésie
- Cantine Clé de Sol (New): Seafood poutine with shrimps, lobster roll, homemade fries, very good canteen in the Baie des Chaleurs.
- Bistro Frigidaire (Carleton sur Mer): Small restaurant at the fish shop next door. Delicious seafood and lobster. Reservation essential.
- Casse croute Mam Zelle (Maria): Canteen renowned for its lobster club with homemade fries and for its ice cream.
- Chez Bass (Sainte Anne des Monts): Very good brasserie offering excellent ribs.
- Valmont (Cap Chat): Restaurant offering good and hearty dishes as well as generous desserts.
Rent a car to discover Gaspésie
Since we live in Montreal, we rent our cars either at Discount or at Enterprise. Both companies offer the best car rental rates. For this 2 week road trip, we rented a Mitsubishi RVR SUV from Enterprise for $ 555 (unlimited mileage). The same range of vehicle, with other rental companies the price was over $ 900. To discover the Gaspé in summer, the SUV is not mandatory but it must be recognized that it is very comfortable. And since there is a lot of road, you might as well do them in a comfortable vehicle.
With all the campsites and the great outdoors, the Gaspé Peninsula lends itself equally well to road trips in van and motorhome. In Montreal, several companies have embarked on van rental. This is particularly the case of VanLife MTL, the adventurer or Ecamp-Van. Regarding motorhomes / RVs, Motorhome Republic (which we used during our road trip in Australia) and RVezy (rental between individuals) are the most popular rental sites.
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In conclusion, my opinion on the itinerary of our 14-day road trip in Gaspésie
How not to fall under the spell of Gaspésie (Review of our road trip in Gaspésie). The landscapes are magnificent, the national parks all more beautiful than the others and the food is very good (provided you like seafood). Regarding this route, it is great because it allows you to save the best for the end and always ride on the nicer side of the road. Regarding the durations of each of the stages, we had the time to take advantage of it but also to have a little flexibility with respect to the rain. In any case, this road trip in Gaspésie made us want to continue to discover Quebec and Canada.
And you, what was your road trip itinerary in Gaspésie? What are the best memories of this trip?