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Blanchette House, National Park Forillon. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis

5 Historical Walking Tours

Why not discover the history of Gaspésie while out strolling and enjoying the fresh air! Here are 5 sites that offer walking tours where you will learn as you walk.

Les Murmures de la Ville
Les Murmures de la Ville. Photo: Ville de Mont-Joli

Les Murmures de la Ville, a walking tour of murals and public art in Mont-Joli

This walking tour of the murals in Mont-Joli includes 36 stations, 23 of which are located right downtown. Each station features a mural, work of public art or heritage building and is accompanied by an interpretive panel. As you walk through the streets and alleys of Mont-Joli, you will discover the history of the town as well as local builders, heroes and key events. You can park and start the walk from Château Landry or the recreational tourist area near the roundabout. Guided tours are available in the summer or upon reservation. Open year-round.

Blanchette House, National Park Forillon
Blanchette House, National Park Forillon. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis

Grande-Grave area, Forillon National Park

Forillon National Park offers many outdoor and interpretive activities for those who are curious about nature and history. In the Grande-Grave area, visit the Hyman & Sons general store, where you can discover the typical operations of a company store as well as a wide range of period items. Although closed in the fall, the Dolbel-Roberts house and the Blanchette house (0.8 km to the east at Anse-Blanchette) give you a glimpse into the lives of the people who once lived on the Forillon Peninsula. Open from June 24 to September 5, 2022.

Fort Peninsula, at the southern entrance to the park, is the only completely preserved World War II shore battery open to the public in Québec. This site is accessible until the first snowfall.

Geo-rallye Musée de la Gaspésie
Photo: Musée de la Gaspésie

Geo-rallies at Musée de la Gaspésie in Gaspé and Musée Acadien du Québec in Bonaventure

GPS and map in hand, ferret out the answers to questions about the history and heritage of Gaspé and Bonaventure during a geocaching treasure hunt! You will be provided with a logbook and equipment upon your arrival at each museum. In Gaspé, you have two options: discover Jacques Cartier Point along a short route or opt for a longer walk (about 3 hours) during which you can explore the streets of Gaspé. In Bonaventure, a 1.5-hour walking tour will give you a chance to discover the streets of the village, while the longer walk (2.5 hours) will take you to Pointe Beaubassin.

Percé. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis

Historical walking tour of Percé

Set off to discover the history of Percé during one of three audio-guided walking tours of the village (lasting 45, 90 or 120 minutes). Each tour includes photos and stories that will give you a new perspective on Percé. You can purchase the app from the App Store for $2.79. A condensed version of the tour is also available in a paper format.

Parc du Bourg de Pabos
Parc du Bourg de Pabos. Photo: Tourisme Gaspésie.

Parc du Bourg de Pabos and the Circuit des Bâtisseurs in Chandler

A real open-air museum, the Parc du Bourg de Pabos invites you to discover daily life in the Grand Pabos seigneury during the 18th century. Thanks to the work of archaeologist Pierre Nadon, you can explore this coastal seigneury, one of the rare vestiges of New France in Gaspésie. Open from June 12 to September 18, 2021.

Continue your visit of the area by crossing the aluminium footbridge to reach downtown Chandler. On this side, a bike path with interpretive panels forms the Circuit des Bâtisseurs and recounts the town’s history.

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