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Percé. Photo : Roger St-Laurent, photographe

Plan a Trip to Gaspésie This Winter

Tons of powder snow… mountains as far as the eye can see… and the sea on the horizon. This is the winter wonderland that awaits you in Gaspésie! Here are 6 tips to help you plan a trip to Gaspésie this winter.

Skieurs à la Station touristique Pin Rouge de New Richmond
Station touristique Pin Rouge. Photo: Roger St-Laurent

Plan your winter activities

Snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing… These are some of the many activities you can enjoy in Gaspésie during the cold season! Visit our homepage to discover all the activities on offer and plan your winter outings.

If you are interested in guided activities, such as backcountry skiing, dogsledding or ice climbing, make sure you book them in advance.

Many attractions in Gaspésie are open year-round, including the Musée de la Gaspésie, Musée Acadien du Québec and Percé UNESCO Global Geopark, as well as many art galleries, boutiques and spas. Inquire about opening hours, the services available and the public health requirements in effect before you visit any of these sites.

Motoneige dans les Chic-Chocs
Photo: Roger St-Laurent

Offering 3000 km of groomed and marked snow-covered trails that provide access to spectacular landscapes, Gaspésie is an ideal snowmobile destination.

Vaccine passports and/or face masks may be required to access ski resorts, show venues, movie theatres and festivals as well as restaurants and dining rooms. See the places and activities requiring a vaccine passport for more information.

Make your travel plans

From December 1 to March 15, all vehicles on Québec roads must be equipped with winter tires.

In addition, please note that as of October 30, 2021, all travellers who are 12 years of age or older departing from Canadian airports or travelling on VIA Rail trains are required to be fully vaccinated. However, passports are not required on Orléans Express buses.

Skieurs qui relaxent dans un chalet de l'Auberge Gîte du Mont-Albert, dans le parc national de la Gaspésie
Photo: Roger St-Laurent

Book your accommodations

The region of Gaspésie offers lots of accommodation options; however, to ensure a hassle-free winter vacation, be sure to book your stay in advance. Due to the various public health measures recommended by the government, many establishments have had to modify their practices, which may have an impact on the services they offer, particularly in the restaurant business. The best way to reserve is to contact the establishment directly, which will also give you the opportunity to inquire about their public health requirements.

Pub Pit Caribou, Percé.
Pit Caribou microbrewery, Percé. Photo: Roger St-Laurent

Plan your meals

As is true throughout Québec, restaurants, cafés, bakeries and microbreweries in Gaspésie must comply with applicable public health measures, which may limit their capacity. If you wish to eat in a restaurant, make reservations if possible. In addition, since September 1, 2021, vaccine passports are required for diners aged 13 and up.

Skieurs dans le parc national de la Gaspésie
Parc national de la Gaspésie. Photo: Roger St-Laurent

Wear appropriate winter clothing

One of the most important things to do before travelling in the winter is to make sure you have the appropriate winter clothing so you can enjoy the season to the fullest! This includes winter boots, a winter coat, a warm hat, a scarf, gloves or mittens, long johns or snow pants, etc.

As a safety measure, be sure to find out about trail, terrain, snow and/or weather conditions and have the appropriate safety gear if you are planning to ski in Parc national de la Gaspésie  where there is a risk of avalanches in the mountains.

Travel with your vaccine passport

Vaccine passports are required for certain activities in Québec since September 1, 2021. The vaccine passport is an official and free tool that certifies that a person is adequately protected against COVID-19.

A vaccine passport is not required to access essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores and accommodations. However, it is required to enter restaurants, bars, microbreweries, distilleries, ski resorts, show venues, festivals and events.

To be admitted to a site requiring the vaccine passport, you will need to present your QR code that provides proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This QR code can be presented in three formats:

  • On paper
  • In a PDF on your mobile device
  • Using the VaxiCode app

Please note that you will be required to present a photo ID with your QR code if you are aged 16 or older. For those who are 75 and older, ID without a photo is also acceptable.

Travellers to Québec

Travellers to Québec must present a valid photo ID along with official proof of vaccination against COVID-19 issued by their country or province in Canada. They should have received at least two doses of one or more of the following vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • Janssen (single dose)

In addition, all travellers arriving in Canada must continue to use ArriveCAN to submit their travel information. Visit travel.gc.ca/travel-covid for more information.

Skieurs de fond dans le parc national de la Gaspésie
Parc national de la Gaspésie. Photo: Roger St-Laurent

The key to a successful off-season trip is to be prepared. For more information, feel free to contact the Tourisme Gaspésie team at info@tourisme-gaspesie.com or by calling 1-800-463-0323.

To be in the loop, visit tourisme-gaspesie.com and plan your trip today! #gaspesiewinter

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