Top 5 – Fatbike Beach Rides in Gaspésie
Would you like to explore the beautiful beaches of Gaspésie on a fatbike? Here are 5 beaches worth discovering.
Next door to 131, rue Principale, Métis-sur-Mer (Québec) G0J 1S0
Discover why Métis-sur-Mer is such a popular summer destination! A resort town for over a century, this charming coastal community offers breathtaking scenery. For your fatbike ride on the beach, the ideal departure time is two hours before low tide. This guarantees you will be able to ride around the areas dotted with boulders without a problem. Some parts of the trail are more challenging, but that only adds to the adventure!
Tourelle Beach, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts
Parking at the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts wharf
1, rue du Quai, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (Québec) G4V 2B6
This 25-km ride offers spectacular views of the immense St. Lawrence River. At some points the beach is quite wide; at other times, your journey will be more challenging as you will have to ride over rocks of various shapes. The best time to set off is an hour before low tide, to ensure you can ride through the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts sector, near Exploramer. (Once the tide rises, this area will be under water.)
Pointe à la Renommée
Parking at the historic site*
200, chemin de la Pointe-à-la-Renommée, Gaspé (Québec) G4X 4A2
To get to the departure point for this fatbike ride, let the famous red Pointe-à-la-Renommée Lighthouse be your guide. Returned to its original location in 1997, this heritage lighthouse is a source of regional pride. You can access an intermediate-level pebble beach nearby—you will feel like you are alone in the world during this ride!
* The historic site is accessible via a narrow and meandering gravel road, which is not recommended for vehicles with trailers, tent-trailers or RVs.
Parking at the beach
Route de la Plage, Coin-du-Banc sector, Percé (Québec) G0C 2L0
Enjoy the ultimate fatbike experience on one of the region’s most beautiful beaches, which offers 5 km of golden sand. Various amenities are available on site (restrooms, swings, picnic tables) and, on hot days, you can go for a dip. Admire Percé Rock in the distance and ride alongside the magnificent Cannes-de-Roches cliffs. At low tide, you can head south all the way to the Pêcheurs Beach. If you head north, be sure to stop for some bird watching near the barachois.
Bonaventure and Carleton-sur-Mer beaches
Municipal parking on Avenue du Phare
319, avenue du Phare, Carleton-sur-Mer (Québec) G0C 1J0
Parking at the Bonaventure marina
159, rue de Beaubassin, Bonaventure (Québec) G0C 1E0
The beaches along Chaleur Bay are a true paradise for fatbiking enthusiasts! Surrounded by majestic coastal scenery, you can enjoy a swim in the bay’s warm waters. The sandy Beaubassin Beach in Bonaventure offers several kilometres to explore on your fatbike. Ride to your heart’s content and then turn around when you start getting tired. The Tracadigash Beach in Carleton-sur-Mer is a mix of pebbles and fine sand and also feature maritime vegetation that is typical of this region.
Note that cycling on the beach can have a negative impact on local plants and animals. Please ride with caution!
Would you like to explore the coast of Gaspésie on a fatbike? Visit the tourisme-gaspesie.com website to downlead the Gaspésie by Bicycle brochure as well as access the official map of Gaspésie by bicycle (using the Ondago app), which lists all the fatbike beach rides available in the region.