10 Rest Areas Not to Be Missed in Gaspésie
Just you, your motorcycle, the mountains and the sea: this is what awaits you along the legendary Gaspésie Tour! Here are 10 must-see rest areas where you can stop for a picnic, stretch your legs or just soak up the stunning scenery.
The remarkable architecture and seaside setting of Métis-sur-Mer, a century-old resort area, make it one of the most beautiful villages in Québec. From Route 132, take Beach road along the St. Lawrence to make a stop at the village café.
At L’Anse-Pleureuse, turn off Route 132 onto Route 198 towards Murdochville to stop at one of the most beautiful rest areas in Gaspésie: the lake nestled in the Chic-Choc Mountains is a sight you won’t soon forget!
Typical of the northern side of the Gaspé Peninsula, the villages that nestle in the coves along the coast give a special charm to this region. When you arrive in Grande-Vallée, around a bend in the road, the rest stop offers a picture-postcard view.
In Forillon National Park, the reddish cliffs of Cap Bon Ami plunge into the sea. With any luck, you will see whales!
Are you familiar with Indian Head Rock? Stop at the rest area in Saint-Georges-de-Malbaie, between Gaspé and Percé, to admire this unusual cliff shaped like the head of a First Nations man. You can also read about the legend associated with this site.
Just before you reach Percé, after a series of curves in the road, stop at the Pic de l’Aurore rest area, which overlooks Percé Rock. This is also a great place to admire the complex geology of this area.
Be sure not to miss the Côte Surprise rest area, which is located just beyond the village of Percé. Its name (which means “surprise hill”) refers to the breathtaking view it offers of Percé Rock.
In Bonaventure, the river of the same name flows into Chaleur Bay, forming a barachois, a coastal lagoon separated from the bay by a sand bar. To make your stop even more pleasant, you can admire the sailboats moored in the sheltered marina and enjoy the beach’s warm waters.
A campground and lighthouse are found on the barachois in Carleton-sur-Mer. Go for a stroll, enjoy the beach and listen to tales of La Petite Grève around a fire in the evening (in French only).
The Matapedia Valley is famous for its salmon rivers and numerous covered bridges. In Routhierville, a small hamlet south of Causapscal, you can take a brief detour to drive over the longest covered bridge that is still in use in Eastern Québec!
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