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A spectacular view of the Chaleur Bay sector from the top of Mount Saint-Joseph, at 500 metres in altitude. Photo: Benoit Daoust

Experience the Pulse of Chaleur Bay

Here is a suggested itinerary for a 4-day road trip in the Chaleur Bay sector, in Gaspésie, in the fall. From the sea to the mountains, through over 400 years of history, discover the beauty of an environment that shapes the natural and cultural landscapes of one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Experience the pulse of Chaleur Bay
Banc-de-pêche-de-Paspebiac National Historic Site
Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac National Historic Site. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis

Day 1 – A trip back in time at the Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac National Historic Site

Visit the Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac National Historic Site. Dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, it bears witness to the establishment of the two largest Jersey Island companies to export dried salt cod around the world.

Other options for activities: Espace René Lévesque (museum).

Local flavours to try: Be sure to try salted brill, a tasty white fish available in fish markets and on the menus of many restaurants.

Mira, l’un des deux cougars permanents du Bioparc.
Mira, one of the two cougars living permanently in the Bioparc. Photo: Roger St-Laurent

Day 2 – A memorable and educational wildlife observation experience

The Bioparc de la Gaspésie is a wildlife park that shelters some 40 native animal species in a setting that resembles their natural habitat. Encounter Québec’s wildlife during discovery activities and observe them feeding!

The amphibian and reptile pavilion will help you discover this mysterious world through an exhibition combining live animals and digital imagery. Be sure to also visit the insectarium, which features an impressive collection of living and naturalized insects.

Other options for activities: Musée acadien du Québec, Le Malin de la rivière Bonaventure (rapids and beach), Station touristique Pin Rouge (resort)

Local flavours to try: Be sure to sample the famous strawberry wines made by Ferme Bourdages Tradition in Saint-Siméon. They offer many products made with delicious fresh strawberries, which are picked and hulled by hand.

Contemplation de l’arrière-pays montagneux lors d’une randonnée pédestre au mont Saint-Joseph.
Taking in a view of the mountainous backcountry while hiking on Mount Saint-Joseph.
Photo: Benoit Daoust

Day 3 – Hiking or mountain biking on Mount Saint-Joseph

Overlooking one of the most beautiful bays in the world, Mount Saint-Joseph enjoys a unique geographical position. With a vertical drop of 555 metres and only 5 km from the coast, this mountain is an accessible place for hiking with over 35 km of trails for all levels. Mountain bikers in search of adrenaline will be delighted with the 20 km of intermediate and advanced trails on the mountain.

Mount Saint-Joseph is a popular attraction with historical charm that is the pride of the people of Carleton-sur-Mer. Discover this beautiful mountain as you refuel in the fresh air!

Other options for activities: Centre d’artistes Vaste et Vague (art centre); sea fishing with Pêche sportive Baie-des-Chaleurs ou Bar Rayé Aventure.

Local flavours to try: Try the many craft beers made by Microbrasserie Le Naufrageur in Carleton-sur-Mer!

Le belvédère des Deux-Rivières, à Matapédia, offre une vue époustouflante sur le confluent des rivières Matapédia et Ristigouche.
The Deux-Rivières lookout, in Matapédia, offers a breathtaking view of the
confluence of the Matapédia and Restigouche rivers. Photo: Éric Proulx, La Semelle Verte

Day 4 – Fascinating fossils and impressive lookouts

Parc national de Miguasha is renowned for its wide variety of fossil species. This diversity has made it possible to identify the terrestrial and aquatic components of a 380-million-year-old ecosystem.

The Evolution of Life trail offers a 3.5-km loop hike along a cliff. Along the trail, a dozen panels recount the history of life on Earth, so you can learn as you walk.

The Route des Belvédères scenic route offers visitors three superb lookouts overlooking unique and changing landscapes. Two are wooden structures that are worth seeing for their distinctive architecture!

Beginning at the mouth of Chaleur Bay, the Matapédia-et-les-Plateaux area is home to bucolic agricultural landscapes, two legendary salmon rivers and a very welcoming community. As a bonus, you may have the opportunity to admire an explosion of colours in the forest!

Other options for activities: Bird-watching trails in Pointe-à-la-Croix, canoeing with Nature Aventure, Chute à Pico (waterfall) in Saint-André-de-Restigouche

Local flavours to try: Be sure to stop at Chez Casimir, an inn and restaurant located in Matapédia, to enjoy a culinary experience featuring local flavours.

Please note that this itinerary is intended for information purposes only; it is not a package. It is meant to inspire you and may be modified as you wish.

This blog post is sponsored by Tourisme Baie-des-Chaleurs.


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Be sure to also check out our fall itineraries in La MitisLa MatanieGaspé and Percé as well as in the Haute-Gaspésie and Valley sectors.

For more ideas for your fall vacation, read the following blog posts:

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