Here are 5 activities you can enjoy on or in the salt waters…

Top 5 – Activités en mer

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Top 5 – Sea Activities in Gaspésie

Here are 5 activities you can enjoy on or in the salt waters of Gaspésie!

Photo : Mathieu Dupuis

Sea excursions

Breathe in salty fresh air during a sea excursion in Gaspésie! Excursion companies (Les Bateliers de Percé et les Croisières Julien Cloutier)offer several daily departures from the Percé wharf for a short cruise to visit Bonaventure Island. Get up close to the northern gannets in Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé and admire legendary Percé Rock from another angle.

In a sightseeing boat or Zodiac, observe blue whales, minke whales, common dolphins, North Atlantic right whales, basking sharks and other marine species off Percé and Gaspé. Explore the maritime landscapes of Gaspésie in complete safety and comfort while discovering the fascinating lives of marine mammals with interpreter guides and experienced captains from Croisières Baie de Gaspé.

Photo : Marc Loiselle

Sea kayaking

Go sea kayaking along the coast off Percé or Forillon and enjoy delightful encounters with the many grey and harbour seals that like to bask on long flat rocks in this area. Here is a tip to tell these species apart: grey seals have long snouts that resemble a horse’s head (which is why they are also called horse-head seals), while harbour seals have dog-like snouts. Your sea kayaking excursion will also give you the opportunity to approach Percé Rock as well as the caves and impressive cliffs in Forillon and Percé.

You can also go for a guided sea kayaking excursion with Cap Aventure (Forillon), Avolo Plein Air (Percé) or Eskamer Aventure (Sainte-Anne-des-Monts). Kayaks are available for rent (without a guide) in Taylor’s Point Park (New Richmond) and from Écovoile Baie-des-Chaleurs (Carleton-sur-Mer) for a kayaking excursion on Chaleur Bay. The waters of this bay are particularly calm and safe, which makes it an ideal place to enjoy water sports.

Photo : Jean-Guy Béliveau

Scuba diving

Explore one of the most beautiful diving sites in Québec, in Percé Bay! You will be delighted to see colourful coral reefs and a variety of marine species: lobsters, crabs, a multitude of fish and curious seals. The Club nautique de Percé (a yacht club) offers introductory dives to level 3 certification.

Deep-sea fishing

Go deep-sea fishing with Captain Sylvain Arsenault from Excursions L’Omirlou, which offers 2h to 6h excursions departing from the Bonaventure wharf. Participate in crew duties and, depending on the time of year, help haul lobster or snow crab traps or fish for mackerel. Waterproof clothing, life jackets and fishing gear are provided.

Photo : Pêche Sportive Baie-des-Chaleurs

From the Carleton-sur-Mer marina, Pêche Sportive Baie-des-Chaleurs offers various sea excursions to go fishing for striped bass, mackerel, plaice or sea trout. This unique experience includes the services of a guide, fishing gear, life jackets and gutting the fish you catch

Griffon Aventure gives you the opportunity to board the Balbuzar with captains Antoine and Maxime. Departing from the L’Anse-au-Griffon wharf, you can go fishing for mackerel and other fish (depending on the time of year), with all the equipment provided. At the Sea Shack, in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, you can rent fishing rods and tackle, so you can catch your own supper. You can fish right on the Sea Shack site and ask their guides to share their local secrets!

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), surfing and kitesurfing

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is offered in many locations, including at the Sea Shack (Sainte-Anne-des-Monts), at Écovoile Baie-des-Chaleurs (Carleton-sur-Mer), at Camp de Base Coin-du-Banc (Percé) and in Forillon National Park, where you can enjoy a stunning sunset adventure off the Penouille sandspit. Surfing, a sport that is gaining in popularity, can be enjoyed in Percé, near iconic Percé Rock, as well as in Sainte-Flavie, at the gateway to Gaspésie. Put on your wetsuit and get ready to catch the waves in the invigorating waters of Gaspésie! Gaspé Bay, Carleton-sur-Mer and Sainte-Flavie also attract kitesurfing enthusiasts.

Are you looking forward to enjoying the many sea activities available in Gaspésie? Be in the loop! Plan your trip at tourisme-gaspesie.com today. #gaspesie

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