Top 5 – Gaspésie from up High!
Here are 5 activities that will take you to new heights in Gaspésie. Are you ready to reach for the sky and take in the view?
Climbing to the top of a wind turbine at Éole Cap-Chat
Visit the highest vertical-axis wind turbine in the world at Éole Cap-Chat! Located at the heart of the Le Nordais wind farm, this imposing structure, named Éole, is a vestige of the wind energy research done in Québec. Participate in an interpretive activity to discover the impressive machinery found in the lower part of the wind turbine. You can then climb Éole to a height of 100 metres to observe a breathtaking 360-degree view of the surrounding scenery! Éole Cap-Chat also offers special activities, including climbs up the tower at sunset or under the stars.
Hang gliding and paragliding, Mont-Saint-Pierre
Vue du Ciel and Les Passagers du Vent both offer adrenaline kicks to adventure seekers in Eastern Canada’s capital of free flight! From the top of a cliff on famous Mount Saint-Pierre, at an altitude of 430 metres, you can fly high above Haute-Gaspésie in a hang glider or paraglider to admire the view of the sea and a superb glacial valley. Are you intrigued by this adventure but have no experience? Both companies also offer tandem flights, which are accessible to all.
Kitesurfing, Gaspé and Carleton-sur-Mer
Do you envy kitesurfers who glide on the water at very high speeds and sometime leap and flip through the air? The Au Gré du Vent boutique, in Gaspé, offers introductory stunt-kiting and power-kiting classes! If you have your own equipment, Carleton-sur-Mer is a popular kiting destination.
Ziplining, Percé and Bonaventure
Adrenaline junkies: the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark offers a zipline on the side of Mount Sainte-Anne! The departure point is very close to the geopark’s glass platform, which is suspended 200 metres above the ground, creating a dizzying effect! Suitable for anyone over the age of 6, the zipline will take you flying through the air over a distance of 220 metres and offers a breathtaking view of the sea, Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock. Note also that Cime Aventures, in the Chaleur Bay area, will offer a zipline over the crystal-clear Bonaventure River and an aerial park in summer 2018!
Rock climbing, Carleton-sur-Mer
If you are a climbing enthusiast and a member of the FQME (the provincial mountain climbing association), you can climb the south wall of Mount Saint-Joseph this summer! Since it’s south-facing, this 555-metre climb is sunny and protected from the wind—and also offers a stunning view of Chaleur Bay. The wall has 8 climbing routes, from beginner to expert, and is suitable for rappelling, top-roping and lead climbing.
Ready to see Gaspésie from above? Visit tourisme-gaspesie.com to plan your trip!