Montreal to Montreal
When driving to the Gaspé Peninsula you can choose to drive the scenic route 132 also known as the Navigator's Route. You will follow the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River and pass through many picturesque historic small towns and fisher villages. Lighthouses still braving the elements, once guiding seamen safely home. Some of them are still functioning today or have been transformed into museums, tourist information offices, inns, chalets or restaurants. Dotted with 45 lighthouses you've entered The Lighthouse Trail.
The St. Lawrence River is one of the longest Rivers in the world. Not only you will have the opportunity to learn more about Quebec's maritime history, you'll have plenty of exceptional marine wildlife experiences. Belugas are among one of the many species to be found in this wonderfully complex ecosystem.
With Bic, Forillon, l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé and Miguasha you'll have four major parks of Québec to discover.
Bic Provincial Park with its tall cliffs and sheltered coves, is an ideal habitat for sea birds and seals. Maybe this is the place where you'll try out some superb sea kayaking.
At Forillon National Park the Cap-Gaspé Lighhouse, Grande-Grave Heritage Site and Fort Peninsule are must sees.
l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé Provincial Park offers you a rare opportunity to visit the largest and most accessible colony of Northern Gannets in the World. The fabulous Percé Rock, one of the world's largest natural arches, is a landmark standing against natures forces for 375 million years.
At Miguasha Provincial Park you'll enter a UNESCO World Heritage site. 380 million years old fossils captured in the rocks allow you an outstanding view of the Devonian Period known as the 'Age of Fishes'.
Crossing the Restigouche River between Pointe-à-la-Croix and Campbellton, means you leave Québec behind you for a while. You're now entering the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains surrounding Restigouche county. Route 17 connects you with the Trans-Canada Highway and behind Edmundston you're back in the province of Québec. Québec City will be your last stop on this fine trip. Here you just have to take in the smells, the sounds, the lights and the splendid vistas at the Governor's Promenade. Then, and only then, you can finally go home with some fine new stories to share.
Feel free to fill in this tour as an adaptation or complement to your own tour. You can easily change this trip by deleting a stop and choosing another stop on this site. To make it easy for you we also provide a 3 week version of this trip.
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Keep in mind that the distance of 2.182 km (1.356 miles) is calculated based on the proposed stops. Changing this trip, changes the calculated distance! Also keep in mind that local excursions easily add some km or miles to your tour.
Your vacation ends at Montréal. We hope you will have a fantastic trip and that you'll use our website again to plan a new one.
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