Located along the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in Northeastern Canada, is the Gaspe Peninsula, where the Appalachian Mountains reach out to the end of one of the most beautiful coastlines.
The landscapes of Gaspe are dramatic and will take your breath away! We only had one day to explore this area, and wanted to visit Forillon National Park and see Perce Rock, so we split up and were able to see them both.
Here’s our list of recommended places to visit in the Gaspe Peninsula.
What to Do:
Forillon National Park:
Forillon Park is called the Cradle of Canada, and covers a 94-square-mile area where the mountain meets the sea. We hiked a couple hours to a lookout point with 360 degree views of Gaspe to Perce Rock, and saw the spine of the Appalachian Mountains that continue south to Florida. The park’s majestic landscape is surrounded by the sea, cliffs and mountains, that have been formed over the past 450 million years. More information on the park and trails on their website.
Marco Cotton has traveled the world and is a whale watching guide. We hope to join him on our next trip to see some whales near Gaspe. Visitors whale watch by boat, and some even kayak, where blue whales, humpback whales, fin whales, dophins, seals are often spotted.
Perce is a protected district of Gaspe with its iconic limestone Rock, and thousands of Northern gannets that nest on nearby Bonaventure Island. The village of Perce is full of history in a pastoral setting. Don’t Miss! Geoparc de Perce – brand new museum that helps visitors learn about the geology of this region. Definitely something you wont want to miss as you travel to teh Gaspe Peninsula!
Global Adventuress would like to thank Escale Gaspesie for hosting us and sharing the beauty of this island. Special thanks to our guides Marco Cotton, who has travelled all over the world and is born and bred in Gaspé with extensive knowledge of Forillon National Park, and Chantal Smith who lives in the Percé area, by birth and upbringing Gaspesian.