A weekend on the Coast and in the Valley
The shore of The Coast, caressed by the widening St. Lawrence River, followed by breathtaking natural landscapes of the Valley, between mountains and rivers: this is the most inspiring setting for your weekend activities!
Here is a suggested itinerary* for your stay. Rule number 1: once in the car, get into vacation mode and enjoy the scenery! Heading east, 6 hours from Montréal or 3.5 hours from Quebec City, the municipality of Sainte-Flavie awaits you, the gateway of Gaspésie.
12:30 p.m.: Meal in Saint-Flavie
In Sainte-Flavie, canteens and restaurants offer delicious fresh fish and seafood in the form of soups, fish of the day, and other dishes. With the sea view, you will instantly go into Gaspésie mode!
2 p.m.: Direction Amqui
In Mont-Joli, at the roundabout, take Jacques-Cartier Boulevard to admire the frescoes painted on the walls of the town centre. Then reach Route 132, direction Amqui, through the beautiful landscapes. In Sayabec, take a break at the Pierre-Brochu stop to admire the Matapédia Lake. The Parc régional de la Seigneurie du Lac Matapédia, which showcases the lake, is a haven of peace with a beach, a boating launch, and hiking trails.
Next, go to the village of Val-Brillant to taste the delights of the Vallée de la Framboise. Kirs, wines, and raspberry liqueurs have made the reputation of this family business. The more curious can learn about the process and see the only raspberry harvester in Québec!
A few kilometres further, Amqui welcomes you with its iconic covered bridges. As soon as you enter the municipality, turn left on the Pont-Couvert road. Over the Matapédia River and featuring a pretty red roof, the covered bridge of Anse-St-Jean is one of those still in use.
5:30 p.m.: Dinner and overstay in Amqui
Check in at the hotel and go to the restaurant for dinner. A good meal and a comfortable night are waiting for you! In the evening, enjoy the delights of the chocolate factory of the Auberge Beauséjour and stock up on fine local produce for a picnic the next day. You can also take a dip in the swimming pool of Sélectôtel Amqui Pastali.
9 a.m.: Direction Matapédia
Picnic lunch in hand, take the road to Matapédia, following the beautiful river of the same name. Formed by 5 municipalities, the Matapédia-et-les-Plateaux region includes a network of lookouts and hiking trails giving access to magnificent viewpoints. Matapédia and Saint-André-de-Restigouche are also access points to the International Appalachian Trail. Discover the wonders of autumn by visiting the lookout Horizon de rêve at Saint-Alexis-de-Matapédia, or at the foot of the Chute à Picot at Saint-André. There is no more beautiful place for your picnic than this location!
2 p.m.: Canoeing, kayaking or quadding
At the heart of Matapédia, Nature Aventure offers guided canoe or kayak excursions on each of the 5 rivers of the sector. Let yourself be tempted and discover the landscape, one paddle stroke at a time! The company also offers canoe-camping expeditions … but you will have to come back to enjoy these activities. You don’t have sea legs? Opt for a quad expedition. The Matapédia Valley is recognized provincially for the quality of its trails. Stretching over 690 km, they lead to observation towers and walkways giving access to breathtaking mountain and river landscapes. For the uninitiated, it is possible to rent equipment and enjoy guided excursions.
6 p.m.: Overnight stay in Causapscal
Next, return to The Coast and stop at Causapscal for a dinner and a comfortable night at l’Auberge la Coulée Douce. You will be able to enjoy dishes featuring locally caught salmon, in addition to a variety of local products.
After a hearty lunch, take the road back. To stretch the holidays a bit, go through Grand-Métis to visit the Reford Gardens. Internationally renowned, it is a plant paradise in every season!
Want to know more about the range of fall activities offered in the Coast and the Valley sectors, and elsewhere in Gaspésie? Plan your stay at tourisme-gaspesie.com.
* This itinerary is only a suggestion. It is not a package and is not for sale. It was designed based on businesses open in the fall, but whose schedules may vary. Before taking the road, book your accommodation and check the schedules of the businesses where you want to go. Have a great stay in Gaspésie!
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