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Cap-Bon-Ami, Forillon national Park. Photo : Parcs Canada

Top 5 – Blazing colours in Gaspésie

Here are five places with breathtaking views where the blazing colours of the Gaspésie fall are on display. 

Mont-Albert Summit – Parc national de la Gaspésie
Admire the exceptional panoramas of the summits of the Parc national de la Gaspésie! Among the wide variety of hiking trails, discover these that still welcome visitors in October, when the colours usually reach their peak. The Rivière-Cascapédia, Pic-du-Brûlé and Pic-de-l’Aube trails are open until October 8, and those of Lac-aux-Américains and Monts Ernest-Laforce, Richardson and Joseph-Fortin until the end of November. From the base of the mountains to their summit, the park presents a succession of plant landscapes of great beauty.

Parc national de la Gaspésie. Photo : Zoé Ross-Lévesque

Cap-Bon-Ami – Forillon National Park 
Two hiking options are available at Cap-Bon-Ami: a 7.8 km loop or a 3.6 km round-trip to the Mont Saint-Alban observation tower, at an altitude of 283 m. Discover the rugged beauty of Forillon National Park, where the cliffs plunge into the sea, which extends as far as the eye can see, and where seabirds, whales, and seals often steal the show. Take a deep breath of salt air while enjoying the autumn-coloured panorama, and then reward yourself with a picnic on the beach.

Glass platform and zipline at 300 m – Percé UNESCO Global Geopark
Thrill-seekers: jump into the fabulous scenery of Percé riding on a zipline or admire it at an altitude of 300 m from a vertiginous platform with a glass floor overlooking the colourful forest. Side by side at the top of Mont Sainte-Anne at the Percé Geopark, these two attractions have instantly become must-sees following their launch in 2017.

Glass platform suspended. Photo : Géoparc mondial UNESCO de Percé

The Ruisseau Creux waterfall – Domaine des Chutes du Ruisseau Creux
Nestled in cliffs forming a mini canyon, the waterfall of Ruisseau Creux of Saint-Alphonse, north of New Richmond, is a hidden Gaspesian treasure that must be seen! To get there, cross a footbridge suspended above the limpid Bonaventure River. Located 5.2 km from the footbridge, the waterfall is accessible by the Rivière, Bûcheron and Pédaleux trails. The Domaine des Chutes du Ruisseau Creux provides access to 37 km of trails in the forest. Mainly composed of hardwoods, it is joyfully coloured in autumn!

Horizon de rêve Lookout – Matapédia-Les Plateaux
The observation tower of Saint-André-de-Restigouche, the Robitaille waterfall, the Chute à Picot waterfall, and 4 lookouts make up 7 must-sees in the Matapédia and the Plateaux sector, where mountains and rivers meet. In the fall, the streambanks are coloured and create a spectacular landscape. The Horizon de rêve lookout, in Saint-Alexis-de-Matapédia, offers you a spectacular panoramic view of the Restigouche River, at an altitude of 300 m. To get there, take the Rang Saint-Henri South by car, then walk along a short path. Ideally, get a map of the sector before you leave.

Les Plateaux. Photo : Tourisme Gaspésie

Although challenging to accurately predict the perfect time to observe the fall colours in Gaspésie, traditionally, they are at their peak the first two weeks of October.

Want to see spectacular views of the fall colours in Gaspésie? Plan your stay at tourisme-gaspesie.com. #gaspesieautumn

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