With its French heritage, old-world architecture, and spirited people, the province of Québec often draws comparisons to Europe. Start your immersion in this French-Canadian part of Canada in Québec City, the province’s capital. While it’s tempting to stay in the city, you’d be missing out on the jaw-dropping scenery and solitude that exemplifies the Gaspé peninsula, a 250-kilometre-long stretch of land framed by the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
What does this drive look like?
- After discovering Québec City, North America’s cradle of French civilization that’s overflowing with to-die-for cuisine and fascinating history and culture, you’ll drive east on coastal Highway 132 for the start of a scenic tour that will fuel all your senses.
- When you reach Parc National du Bic it’s all about wildlife and getting your blood pumping, whether you’re hiking and seal-spotting in summer or snowshoeing the trails in winter. Then continue communing with nature in Gaspésie National Park, which is celebrated for its local caribou.
- Indulge in the traditional Québec and Gaspésie culinary scene in and around Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. Go dog sledding in winter and continue east to “land’s end” to learn about Mi'gmaq culture in Gaspé city before chilling at Carleton-sur-Mer’s beaches and micro-brewery.
- Take a different route back to Kamouraska and Québec City, leaving time to explore the scenery surrounding Témiscouata Lake, another natural treasure.
There’s no shortage of places to see along Route 132, as evidenced by the celebrated Gaspésie Tour that traces the peninsula for 1,270 kilometres. But with so many islands, parks, historic sites, and eateries from which to choose, here’s a more compact itinerary for your trip from Québec City along the coast.