Top 5 – Places to See Fall Colours in Gaspésie
Admire the changing leaves in Gaspésie this fall! Here are five places where you can soak up spectacular views of colourful foliage in our region.
Jeep adventures in Haute-Gaspésie
Extrême Chic-Chocs offers you a unique experience in a 4×4 Jeep adapted for off-road use. Discover the true nature of Gaspésie via backcountry roads that are otherwise inaccessible. Several packages and itineraries are available for families, groups of friends, corporate groups, etc. The Chic-Choc safari package takes you 3000 feet above sea level, on high peaks offering unique views. The night safari offers an ascent up a mountain where you can admire a 360-degree view, before enjoying a bonfire under a densely starry sky. The “Safari Proprio” package gives you the opportunity to drive your own 4×4 vehicle, as you follow our experienced guides. They will take you through magnificent sea and mountain scenery where you can admire the superb fall colours and wildlife of Haute-Gaspésie from the comfort of your vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled and you may spot moose, the king of our forests! All of these 4-hour packages are available until October. Reservations are recommended.
Cap-Bon-Ami, Forillon National Park
Cap-Bon-Ami is a site of rare beauty located in Forillon National Park, where the cliffs plunge into the endless sea. While admiring the panoramic view of fall colours, breathe in the fresh sea air and observe the seabirds, whales and seals that sometimes steal the show! From Cap-Bon-Ami, you have two hiking options: you can enjoy a 7.8-km loop trail to Mount Saint-Alban, or you can walk to the 283-metre observation tower and back (3.6-km round trip). After your exertions, reward yourself with a picnic on the beach featuring local flavours!
Glass platform and zipline in the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark
Suspended from the side of Mount Sainte-Anne at an altitude of 200 metres, the glass platform in the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark allows you to see the forest under your feet! You will also have a front-row seat to admire majestic Percé Rock, Bonaventure Island and the sea. Near the platform, those who are more adventurous can launch themselves into the void on a 230-metre zipline above the forest and take in a breathtaking view of Percé and the surrounding area. You will also find a network of hiking trails on the mountain. To mark the 90th anniversary of the Gaspésie Tour this year, discover 90 geocaches scattered throughout the geopark!
Mount Saint-Joseph, Carleton-sur-Mer
Access the summit of Mount Saint-Joseph, at an altitude of 555 metres, by car via Rue de la Montagne or by foot via the road or a hiking trail. At the top of the mountain, you will find a long wooden footbridge and a lookout offering a breathtaking view of the Carleton-sur-Mer barachois as well as Chaleur Bay and the coast. In the fall, you can also admire the beautiful colours of the leaves. Along the footbridge, interpretive panels will reveal highlights of the region’s history and geography. You can also visit the Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Saint-Joseph oratory (1935) as well as enjoy hiking trails for all levels, intermediate mountain bike trails and a natural climbing wall with beginner and intermediate routes.
Lookouts, tower and waterfalls in Matapédia-et-les-Plateaux
In the fall, driving through the Matapédia-et-les-Plateaux region, which is home to crystal-clear rivers and colourful hills, is an experience in itself… For an even more spectacular view, you can get up high thanks to two newly built structures with exceptional architecture that will eventually be part of the Route des Belvédères (Lookout Route). In Matapédia, the Deux-Rivières lookout is a curved wooden tunnel at the top of a cliff. It offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Matapédia and Restigouche rivers. The Coeur des Plateaux lookout, in Saint-André-de-Restigouche, is a curving wood and metal tower standing on one of the highest points in the region. From the platform at the very top, you can admire a 360-degree panoramic view of beautiful agricultural landscapes that extend for 100 km on a clear day! Built several years ago, the Horizon de Rêve lookout in Saint-Alexis-de-Matapédia offers a stunning panoramic view of the Restigouche River from an altitude of 300 metres. While you are in this region, don’t miss the observation tower and the Picot Falls in Saint-André-de-Restigouche, the Robitaille Falls in Saint-Alexis-de-Matapédia as well as the colourful maple groves.
The ideal time to observe fall colours in Gaspésie is hard to predict, although traditionally the leaves are at their best during the first two weeks of October. You can also admire the landscape from the sea. Whether you opt for a cruise aboard a sightseeing boat with Croisières Baie de Gaspé, go on a boat tour to Bonaventure Island in Percé, participate in a Zodiac excursion or go out in a sea kayak, you will experience Gaspésie in the fall from a completely different perspective!
Do you want to admire spectacular views of Gaspésie this fall? To be in the loop, visit tourisme-gaspesie.com and plan your trip today! #gaspesieautumn
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