From Montreal to Gaspésie: The Ultimate List of Road Trips



If you are a native of Montreal, you may not have had much reason to leave our beloved metropolis in search of “natural landscapes” outside of the city. But after being locked up for months, most of us can’t wait to get out as quickly as possible. And a road trip through the beautiful province seems to be the ideal place to start, as soon as we have the green light!

Being the province with the second largest landmass in Canada, there is too much beauty in the province to explore on a single trip – from whale watching on beaches to exploring centuries-old historic sites.

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If you are looking for a taste of the outdoors to discover all the natural sites that the province has to offer, a trip from Montreal to the Gaspé has something for everyone.

Hang this card on your dream board – for manifestation purposes, of course – and you’ll be checking out items on this travel bucket list in no time.

Quebec city

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Why you need to go: Whether you prefer summer or winter road trips, Quebec City is a must. With 400 years of rich history and architecture, the capital of Quebec may look a lot like Old Montreal, but its old town is even bigger and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit the Plains of Abraham, stroll along the Dufferin Terrace to see the historic sites of Quebec, or visit Place Royal, the site where Quebec was founded all these centuries ago.


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Why you need to go: Charlevoix is ​​known for its local cheeses, but it is also home to locally made ciders and beers, organic meat, and artisanal wine.

Charlevoix is ​​also magnificent landscapes. Be sure to explore its many banks along Baie-Saint-Paul and the Acropole-des-Draveurs trail. Charlevoix even organizes black bear observation expeditions with a “whispering bear”!


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Why you need to go: If you are looking to go whale watching in Quebec, Tadoussac is your ideal road-trip destination!

Sea kayaking is available in Tadoussac Bay, the St. Lawrence Estuary, and the Saguenay Fjord – you might come across beluga whales, so be careful while sailing!

Gaspésie region

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Why you need to go: The Gaspé Peninsula is perfect both in summer and in winter, when you can spend a day relaxing by the beach or cross-country skiing and fatbiking on the snowy slopes.

It’s also a great place for a Zen weekend, with yoga retreats available at Bonaventure and Spa Oblivio in Matane.


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Why you need to go: Forillon, also in Gaspésie, is full of green spaces and maritime cliffs that you can visit all year round.

If you are an animal lover in Quebec, you can observe several species of seals, bears, moose, whales and beavers in their natural habitat. In the summer this is the perfect place for snorkelling and camping, and the winter offers some truly magnificent views of the water.


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Why you need to go: Percé is one of the coastal regions of Quebec with the most beautiful beaches, making it the perfect summer retreat. Admire the enormous Percé Rock in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence or take a boat trip around Bonaventure Island.

Percé, it is also several ornithological excursions if you like birds! There is also a spooky hanging glass platform where you can see Percé in all of its natural beauty.

Chaleur Bay

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Why you need to go: The Baie des Chaleurs takes its name from being a place sheltered from the wind, creating a microclimate that naturally warms its waters, making it the ideal Quebec destination for swimming.

Visit the municipal beach of Carleton-sur-Mer for a long walk before a magnificent sunset, or take a boat trip down the Bonaventure River to see how clear the water is!

Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart and most of all, be respectful during your trip.



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