Fall hiking in Gaspésie
Hiking enthusiasts: the autumn colours of Gaspésie will dazzle you! Whatever your activity level, a wide variety of trails awaits you.
Parc national de la Gaspésie: a classic!
The peaks of this fall classic will provide an opportunity to visit exceptional viewpoints. The park offers an amazing variety of trails, for hikes ranging from thirty minutes to several days. The Lac-aux-Américains trails and those of the Monts Ernest-Laforce, Richardson, and Joseph-Fortin are open until the end of November. Rivière-Cascapédia, Pic-du-Brûlé, and Pic-de-l’Aube welcome you until October 8. As for the Monts Jacques-Cartier (second highest summit in Québec!), Albert, and Xalibu, they close on September 30 for a very noble cause: to provide the caribou the tranquility needed for their reproduction and their preparation for the winter!
Mont Saint-Pierre: sea and Chic-Chocs mountains
A spectacular view of the sea on one side and the Chic-Choc Mountains on the other: that is what awaits you at Mont Saint-Pierre. It will take you between 1 h to 1.5 h to reach the summit. Mont Saint-Pierre also offers a network of 110 km of intermediate to difficult trails that is connected to the International Appalachian Trail.
Percé UNESCO Global Geopark
In the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark offers 18 km of marked trails. Many lookouts and a glass platform located at an altitude of 200 m offer a breathtaking view of the sea and the famous Percé Rock. In the mountains, you will cross a “magical forest” and discover a “bottomless hole”. An easy level trail will lead you to the vertiginous crevasse of Mont Blanc, on the mountainside, which presents a wide view from the Chic-Choc Mountains to Forillon. Also yours to discover are a cave hidden under a waterfall, and many other geological wonders that bear witness to 500 million years of history.
Mont Saint-Joseph: a breathtaking view of Chaleur Bay
Mont Saint-Joseph (555 m) offers a breathtaking view of Carleton-sur-Mer and the surrounding area. You don’t feel like climbing the mountain on foot? A paved road will allow you to reach the summit by car. You can also do a bit of exercise by leaving your vehicle in a parking lot, before reaching the top, and go by foot via the Cap-Ferré trail (1.4 km). At the top, discover a chapel and a south-facing lookout offering the most spectacular view of Chaleur Bay. Tip to the most active travellers: Mont Saint-Joseph provides access to the trail network that connects Carleton-sur-Mer and Maria, featuring beautiful waterfalls and lookouts.
Matapédia et les Plateaux: mountains and rivers
Feeling like getting off the beaten path? The sector Matapédia and the Plateaux is your mountain and river destination. With its many lookouts and its leafy banks, this is the perfect place to admire the dazzling fall colours. See also the covered bridges that adorn the landscape and make the reputation of this sector, which is the Gaspesian “gateway” to the International Appalachian Trail.
Picnic at the Chute à Philomène
Ready for a snack in the Amqui sector? What could be better than the scenery and the soothing sound of a waterfall for a picnic! Get to the top or to the foot of the Chute à Philomène (33 m high), where picnic tables are at your disposal. To get there, take the direction Saint-Alexandre-des-Lacs at the flashing light a little south of Amqui. Directions will then guide you. No RVs.
You want to explore the Gaspésie fall colours while hiking? Plan your stay at tourisme-gaspesie.com. #gaspesieautumn
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