Canada: Québec

Gaspé Peninsula Bike Tour


Seven nights; eight days of cycling on the Route Verte roads and trails around the sea cliffs of the St. Lawrence River and the shores of the Gaspé Peninsula.

“Lovely and quaint…terrific in every way… You all do a great job to provide us with a great vacation. ” - Ron & Linda A.








Itinerary

Start: Carleton sur Mer, Quebec, 17:30, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans if necessary. Optional transfer from Moncton International Airport, Moncton, New Brunswick, 4 hours, departs 13:00 on day one; $75 per person/return. You may also arrive by train to Matapédia (http://www.viarail.ca/en), then take bus 44 to Carelton-sur-Mer (http://regim.info/voyage/44-maria-matapedia)


Finish: Carleton-sur-Mer, Quebec. Transfer to Moncton departs approximately 15:00 and arrives at Moncton International Airport by 20:00, day eight.


Day 1:

Arrivals and introductions

Transfer from Moncton, New Brunswick or meet in Carleton-sur-Mer, Quebec. Founded in the mid 18th century by a small group of exiled Acadian families, Carleton-sur-Mer is a beachside town on Gaspe's southern coast. Bike introductions and a short ride to Pointe Tracadigash will precede dinner. When staying in Carleton-sur-Mer, you may have the opportunity to attend a show at the Quai des Arts, a cultural and performing arts center that attracts local and international acts. Click here for performance details and schedules and feel free to ask us for help purchasing tickets on your behalf. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Le Manoir Belle Plage, Carleton-sur-Mer; or

Auberge du Chateau Bahia, Pointe-à-la-Garde.


Day 2:

Up to 122km

Cycle along the southern shore toward Port-Daniel - a historical railway community, passing through the quaint fishing villages of Caplan, Saint-Simeon, and Hope. This is a long ride, with vehicle pickup once you have covered your desired distance. BL
Le Manoir du Vieux Presbytere, Bleu sur Mer, or Gite et Auberge la Conche Saint-Martin, Port-Daniel


Day 3:

Port Daniel to Percé 76 km

Ride through Newport, Pablos, and Cap-d’Espoir on your way to Percé, where you will find Gaspé’s most intriguing geological feature. Rocher Percé is a huge sheer rock formation whose 15m arch is one of the world's largest natural arches in water. Named by Samuel du Champlain, Rocher Percé is associated with a Quebecois legend of star-crossed lovers. Spend your evening with views of the poetic landmark of Bonaventure Island, home to over 300 bird species. BL
Hotel le Mirage, Au Pic de L’aurore, or Riotel Perce, Percé


Day 4:

The winding road into Gaspé 76 km

Ride along coastal roads to the cradle of French America - Gaspé township, where Jacques Cartier took possession of New France almost 500 years ago. Visit the historical sites, and make a stop at the windmill factory. BLD
Auberge Sous les Arbres, or, Auberge William Wakeham, Gaspé


Day 5:

Ride from Gaspé to Cap-Forillon and back; up to 81 km

Today’s spur and loop ride will lead you out of Gaspe Harbour and along the magnificent coastline past Cap-aux-Os beach and out to the Grande-Grave Formation – a beautiful spit of land which preserves fossils dating back to the Devonian period. This is Forillon National Park - Quebec's oldest, and provides a day most remember as the highlight of their visit. BL
Same lodging


Day 6:

North shore 94 km

Starting with a familiar ride, turn north towards Riviere-au-Renard, a French and Irish settlement, cutting off the cape you rode yesterday. This is the end of the Gaspe Peninsula and marks the continental end of the Appalachian mountain range, whose Southern end is in Florida! The shore here is dominated by sea-cliffs and vast panoramas. BD
Hotel Grande-Vallée des Monts, Grande-Vallée


Day 7:

The long day; up to 150 km

Ride through Haute-Gaspésie - "the top of the Gaspe" - with the highest peaks, and incredible scenery. From a lunch break near Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, you will head inland into Parc National de la Gaspésie, where you will finish your ride beside Mont Albert of the Chic Choc Mountains, uplifted 480 million years ago with the formation of the Appalachians. There is a herd of caribou nearby. BLD
Gite du Mont Albert, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts


Day 8:

Riverside ride 100 km and return transfer to Moncton

An early start will help you conquer the remainder of the traverse through the Parc National de la Gaspesie and through les Monts Chic-Chocs. You may enjoy a rare sighting of the only caribou herd found south of the St. Lawrence River. After the initial climb, you can coast for a delightfully long and beautiful ride beside the Cascapedia River, through Gaspe’s rugged interior towards the Baie-des-Chaleur - the “Bay of Warmth”. Fast cyclists may make it all the way to Carleton-sur-Mer before 15:00 when the complimentary transfer to Moncton is scheduled to depart. BL





Description



The Gaspé Peninsula is where the Appalachian mountain range finally disappears in to the sea, creating some fabulously scenic coastal places. This bike trip passes through villages and towns with rich folklore in a remote place. The cycling begins on the south side of the peninsula, and progresses past Percé with its iconic arched rock, and Forillon - the real end of the Appalachians - to the real beauty of the north shore. This is where cliffs descend to the river, and the road keeps you close to the water for a glorious ride along its banks. To finish the loop, you will climb gently to a fabulous lodge in the Chic Choc Mountains, and enjoy a final day of riding downhill along the wild Cascapedia River for many miles back to the southern coast. After a hiatus of many years, we are happy to be able to offer this itinerary again!





Maps & Elevations






Learn more

This trip links up perfectly with our Bas-Saint-Laurent Bike Trip. Try combining these trips for two full weeks of Québecois bike touring.

Consider extending your trip with Via Rail to see more of our beautiful country.

Québec City is a fantastic destination and certainly worth an extra night or two before or after your bike tour.





Costs



Guided Cost

US 2545 C 2995

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, maps and route notes, van and full-time guide).

Self-Guided Cost

US 2285 C 2695

(includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers, maps and route notes, essential transfers and emergency support).

Single Occupancy

US 555 C 655


Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 125 C 145
Racing: US 225 C 265
Full Carbon Racing: US 335 C 395
Electric-assist: US 335 C 395


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 5% sales tax applies. 50% tax refund for non-Canadians.


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Custom or Private Tours

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Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.