- National Geographic ranks GaspÃ© as one of the most beautiful places in the world during the fall season.
- It was the only Canadian place on the list.
- Here are some reasons to visit the remote area this year.
If you’re looking for a reason this fall to pack your bags and take a road trip to fall foliage in Quebec, tthe GaspÃ© should be at the top of your list.
It’s a bit far from Montreal (almost 10 hours), but that won’t mean much once the scenery of this scenic region unfolds before you. Just the journey to get there is a nature lover’s dream.
Located at the top of the coast in eastern Quebec, Gaspe sits on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River and is an extraordinary marriage of sea, cliffs, mountains and forests. Home to Forillon and GaspÃ©sie National Parks, it is perhaps the most beautiful region in Quebec to see fall foliage.
Same National Geographic noted the breathtaking views and included it in her 10 best places to see fall leaves in the world. Between the leaves of the trees turning bright red “reminiscent of the leaf of the flag of Canada” and the backdrop of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this is truly a must-see destination to visit at least once in your life.
As the only Canadian place to do National Geographic list is a huge achievement, with which we completely agree.
Discovering fall colors has never been easier. The GaspÃ© is made for hikers of all levels. But if you want to change things up a bit, experience the colors of fall by boat, bike, or even kayak.
It’s not just the foliage that makes this region of Quebec so exceptional. Although it is a year-round playground, fall can be the best time to visit as October is the perfect month for whale watching. Over seven different types of whales visit the Gulf during the month and it is an amazing experience to see them.
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There is so much to see here; islands, red cliffs, lighthouses, beaches. You certainly won’t run out of things to do. The beaches are not soft white sand, rougher and stony. But that only adds to the overall raw beauty.
A must-see in the GaspÃ© is the Baie des Chaleurs, which is considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Protected from the wind by massive red cliffs, the bay has warm waters (although October is cold) and its own microclimate.
Yes, there are beautiful corners of Quebec closer to Montreal where you can see the leaves changing. But, in our opinion, the GaspÃ© is in a league of its own and worth every minute of the road.