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Plan a spring trip to Gaspésie

Here are some suggestions to plan a spring trip to Gaspésie. Whatever the season, there is always something to do in Gaspésie. It all depends on what you are looking for in a vacation destination and what you want to do.

Spring (April, May) 
In spring, the sea takes on turquoise tones, and many waterfalls flow down the cliffs following the snow melt. It is also the season of seafood. Savor crab, lobster, and shrimp or go out to sea with professional fishermen to discover their work.

Outdoor activities 
Off-trail skiers will be able to ski until May; why not combine it with a rafting excursion? In Percé, boat trips around Bonaventure Island usually begin in mid-May, depending on weather conditions.


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Indeed, hiking trails will be muddy and will have snow in places, but put on good boots and still be assured of having an adventure filled with joy. The Gaspésie National Park, Forillon National Park, and the Percé Géoparc trails will all be accessible, although the reception posts will be closed and no services will be provided. Obtain trail maps in advance on the Internet or at the Mont-Joli tourist information office when you arrive in the region. The rivers and waterfalls are particularly beautiful at this time of the year.

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Some attractions are open all-year round: the Musée de la Gaspésie in Gaspé as well as the Musée acadien du Québec in Bonaventure, the Vieux Moulin in Sainte-Flavie, the Circuit de fresques in Mont-Joli, the Géoparc of Percé, the Historic Tour of Percé and the Savonnerie du village, the Circuits culturels de la Matapédia. Also open for your discovery: a multitude of art galleries, shops, health centres, agritourism businesses, cafés, bakeries, microbreweries, etc.

The Parc national de Miguasha opens at the beginning of May along with several other interpretation centres. Although it is not possible to visit them, lighthouses remain must-see attractions.

Clothing and recommendations
When travelling in the spring, it’s important to check that the activities you want to participate in are accessible, and that you have the appropriate clothing and gear. For example, tuque and mittens are still needed if you plan to go to sea in spring, and good hiking boots are essential if you go to the forest. A windbreaker and warm fleece are also recommended.

Accommodation and places to eat
As early spring can be considered ‘off-season’ in certain establishments, there will be some that are still closed when you arrive. However, there will still be lodging and places to eat available in most of the villages. Reservations are not necessary given the off-season. On the other hand, if you have special needs (traveling with a pet, requiring a wheelchair-accessible room, etc.), it is recommended to book in advance since choices may be more limited.

Photo : Tourisme Gaspésie

As for camping, a list of opening and closing dates is available upon request ( ou 1 800 463-0323).

The key to traveling in the low season is a little advance preparation. Do not hesitate to contact the Tourisme Gaspésie team for more information at | 1 800-463-0323

Visit our website in the spring season for all the details.

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