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Sea Excursions in Gaspésie in the Fall

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Photo : Cap Aventure

Sea Excursions in Gaspésie in the Fall

Whether you are interested in an observation cruise, fishing or the simple pleasures of recreational boating on vast blue waters, head out to sea surrounded by the colours of fall in Gaspésie!

Whale- and seal-watching cruises

Several companies offer cruises with an interpreter guide or sea kayaking excursions on the salty waters off the coasts of Gaspésie. This is an opportunity to observe various marine species, including harbour seals. Have fun spotting these amusing marine mammals that like to bask in the sun along the shore, flip around in the water and pop up to the surface! Whale-watching excursions are also offered on sightseeing boats, ensuring your safety and keeping a proper distance from these majestic animals.

Percé. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis

Les Bateliers de Percé offers cruises around Bonaventure Island, departing from Percé, until October 15, 2019. During this cruise, you will be able to observe the largest colony of northern gannets in the world. Whale-watching cruises are also available until September 15, 2019.

Croisières Julien Cloutier, also based in Percé, offers the same two experiences. Cruises around Bonaventure Island are offered until late October, while whale-watching cruises are available until October 1, 2019.

In Forillon National Park, Croisières Baie de Gaspé invites you to board the Narval III from the Grande-Grave wharf. This area is recognized as the best place in the province of Québec to see great whales! Cruises are offered until October 10, 2019.

Also in Forillon, Cap Aventure invites you to participate in a Zodiac safari to see whales and seals (available until October 1, 2019). The company also offers sea kayaking excursions to observe marine mammals.

Photo: Excursions L’Omirlou


Spend a day with a professional inshore fisherman aboard L’Omirlou. In September, you can enjoy fishing for mackerel. You can also chat with the captain of the boat, Sylvain Arsenault, who fishes for lobster in May and rock crab later in the summer. This excursion, which is ideal for families or groups, departs from the Bonaventure wharf. Waterproof outerwear, life jackets and fishing gear are provided.

In Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Sea Shack Adventure invites fishing enthusiasts and outdoor lovers to participate in boat excursions on the St. Lawrence River. The captain will be happy to provide some tips on fishing for cod, striped bass or mackerel, depending on the season, as well as share the history and legends of Ruisseau-Castor and the surrounding area. Fishing gear is provided, and the activity is available until September 30, 2019.

Follow the lead of the locals and head to the region’s wharves to cast your line! Fishing from a wharf is free; it does not require the purchase of a provincial fishing licence. Consult our Wharves in Gaspésie blog post for more information. You can also download the Télépêche Harpon mobile app, which provides a host of useful information about shore fishing in Gaspésie: what species to catch, where to fish, what lures to use, recommended techniques, etc.

Exploramer. Photo: Éric Marchand

Recreational boating

Located in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Exploramer, a science museum focused on the marine environment of the St. Lawrence, offers sea excursions aboard the JV Exploramer, an 18-passenger Zodiac. During these outings, visitors will be introduced to the fascinating ecosystem of the St. Lawrence and can also participate in hauling in crab and whelk traps as well as collecting scientific data. Offered until October 6, 2019, this activity must be booked by phone at least 24 hours in advance. The museum (which is also open until October 6) includes aquariums and touch tanks that are home to a living collection of marine organisms from the St. Lawrence.

In Carleton-sur-Mer, Écovoile Baie-des-Chaleurs offers cruises on highly stable sailing crafts until mid-September. Sail on the waters of Chaleur Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world, aboard a livable sailboat or the famous yellow catamaran TaxSea!

Ready to set off on an observation cruise, fishing trip or sailing excursion surrounded by beautiful fall landscapes in Gaspésie? To be in the loop, visit tourisme-gaspesie.com and plan your trip today! #gaspesieautumn

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