Photo Essay: Driving Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula
I’ve wanted to take the time and drive Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula for years. But it’s not an easy place to get to. From Quebec City it’s at least a 4 ½ hour drive and that’s just to Matane on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.
Fortunately this summer I had places I wanted to explore that were either in or adjacent to the Gaspé Peninsula – a hike in the Chic Chocs and one in Forillon National Park. They were accessed from different parts of the Gaspé Peninsula so over a couple of days I had a chance to enjoy some world-class scenery.
The coastal scenes that unfolded exceeded all my expectations. Even driving through the fog on the second day was beautiful – though that was mostly because the sun was trying so hard to peak through.
I think the prettiest parts of the drive are along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River through to Percé Rock. From Percé Rock all the way to Chaleur Bay it’s still pretty but it’s not nearly as dramatic.
I didn’t get as many photos as I would have liked. I was driving the car alone and didn’t want to cause a traffic accident with any sudden stops. But I truly couldn’t get over the drama as I wound my way along the base of cliffs which from afar looked impossibly steep for a road.
Here is a taste of what you’ll see should you drive the Gaspé Peninsula. Allow at least two days. Practice your French as there isn’t much English spoken.
The road crawls along the base of the mountains
The roads are very pot-holed in places
One of the pretty villages dotting the Gaspe Peninsula
At the water’s edge in Petite Vallee
Early morning fog on my second day out
Fog adds a moodiness to a deserted parking lot
Small towns made a real effort to pretty up their waterfront
Lots of wood strewn on beaches suggests stormy days
Just outside Forillon National Park on the Gaspe Peninsula
Have you ever driven the Gaspé Peninsula? How long did you take to do the drive?
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