Top 5 – Activities to Experience Gaspésie Through Your Senses
Here are 5 original activities to enjoy in Gaspésie! Dazzle your senses as you breathe in the sea air and discover unique species in this region.
Taste flowers at the Reford Gardens, Métis-sur-Mer
Stroll through the magnificent Reford Gardens along the banks of the St. Lawrence! This paradise of natural beauty features over a dozen gardens containing some 3000 species and varieties of plants, many of which are edible. Grab a bite to eat at the Estevan Lodge or Le Bufton restaurant, both of which serve dishes showcasing edible flowers from the Reford Gardens’ horticultural collection. Estevan Lodge also presents a permanent collection on the summer stays of Elsie Reford (who created the gardens from 1926 to 1958) and her family. Be sure to also visit the ERE 132 Eco Home, an interpretive centre on green building.
Smell the sea on the Matane–Baie-Comeau/Godbout ferry, Matane
The F.-A.-Gauthier ferry offers you a comfortable crossing of the majestic St. Lawrence. Take advantage of the excursion fare, at a special rate, and enjoy a same-day round-trip cruise if you are travelling on foot. The crossing takes 2h20 (one way), which gives you plenty of time to soak up the view of the St. Lawrence from the panoramic lounges and exterior decks, as well as enjoy the many onboard amenities: gourmet bistro, children’s playroom, gift shop, etc. You can also travel with your vehicle, if you wish. The ferry crossing is free for children under 6 as well as for bikes and electric vehicles.
Touch little-known marine species at Exploramer – Discovering the Sea, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts
At Exploramer, visitors of all ages will be delighted to discover A Garden Under the Sea, a living collection of fish and marine organisms from the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enjoy peering into the immense aquariums and try out a tactile experience with naturalist guides and their Discovery Cart! This is your opportunity to touch live crustaceans, molluscs and echinoderms! You can also participate in a tasting activity, during which you can sample five species that are showcased by Smarter Seafood, a certification program that promotes sustainable fishing in the St. Lawrence.
See northern gannets up close in Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, Percé
During a sea excursion to Bonaventure Island, observe majestic northern gannets circling above the sea or diving into the water to catch fish. You can also admire Percé Rock from another angle as well as the steep cliffs along the coast. Once you arrive on the island, you can hike to the world’s most accessible northern gannet colony, which is home to 110,000 birds. Stop for a snack and refreshments at the Relais des Fous snack bar and patio. The island has a rich built heritage and also offers activities for the whole family as well as a restaurant.
Listen to the wolves at night in the Bioparc de la Gaspésie, Bonaventure
Enjoy an unusual night-time experience during the “Overnight with the Wolves” activity at the Bioparc Wildlife Park in Bonaventure! Spend a night in the park in a prospector’s tent for four people, during which you can listen to howling wolves and coyotes as well as hooting great horned owls. You will also have the opportunity to observe bats. Don’t worry, two naturalist guides will also be on site! The program includes evening activities with the naturalists, snacks around the campfire, continental breakfast, morning safari with the naturalists, a full day at the Bioparc… and a unique opportunity to encounter wildlife!
Want to enjoy extraordinary multi-sensory experiences in nature in Gaspésie? Visit tourisme-gaspesie.com to plan your trip!