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Parc National de la Gaspesie, Gaspesie Region

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
Trek the scenic Parc National de la Gaspesie, a mountainous region with over 25 peaks. Panoramic views of the mountain range greet you on various trails throughout the unspoiled verdant landscape; watch for the second-highest peak in Québec, the Mont Jacques Cartier. The altitude created by the mountains allows for a climate that helps create a biodiverse set of plant and animal species endemic to Québec, among these woodland caribou, the last of the species in this part of the world. Using our online itinerary creator, Sainte Anne des Monts attractions like Parc National de la Gaspesie can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The tourist center is completely closed and there are only a few other visitors. As soon as taking 10 a ranger materializes, opens the box office and earn tickets for entry to the Park ($ 8.50 APPROX) and for the shuttle (CA $ 7.25) that will take us to the trailhead. Finished making the tickets, the ranger closes everything and takes the truck ready to go for the short drive. The trek that lies ahead is reported as "difficult". 4.2 km uphill are all heading up what looks like a bed of a stream. There's slime and debris that make the climb really challenging. The risk of falling is high because the musk makes it slippery the path. The weather is inclement and although it does not rain the humidity is so high that we're completely soaked. The mist that thickens as you increase in altitude prevents us from seeing more than a dozen meters away. At the top of the landscape is bare. stones, MOSS and mist! The chances of spotting the caribou are minimal. This is the most southern region where you can find this animal that lives mainly much further north, especially in Alaska. We arrive at a lookout tower we can see only when we are very close. The cold is intense and 100% humidity ... we're drenched!! Inside there are twenty tourists who flock around a wood-burning stove for drying clothes and even warm lunch. A group of Canadians fitted heat up soup!!! The climb has lasted 1:00 and 45. We stop 15 ' and we share; the goal is to get the shuttle back of 15. The descent is simpler although still challenging. In 1:00 and 15 ' back to the point where he left the shuttle. Nothing caribou! Quick sandwich and get the shuttle. At 15 we are already at the car ready to go. We leave the campsite planning to take route 14 but as soon as we arrive at the junction we discover who is "barreè" then we're falling back on route 16. The weather is still bad and sometimes you encounter fog banks. The road is dirt and extends through thick Woods. Suddenly a Moose out of the Woods at 20 meters from us, hesitate for a second and quickly crosses the road disappearing in seconds. We remain stunned disbelief of what we had just seen. We are cursing us for not having had the camera handy. At this point we prepare with the super goal to not miss another chance. We are still in awe from the encounter just had and now we see a few meters on the side of the road a small dark figure ... Rather like the eyes in disbelief ... a beaver!! I take the camera, light it up, move your car to frame it better and just ready to shoot, Beaver crossing and disappears ... anything photographic documentation! We leave the route 16 reluctantly because it made the Parc de la Gaspesie my favorite!!!
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  • Two days in the Park, sufficient to do most, or least have a good look (Lake to the Americans, mount Jacques Cartier, Mont Albert St). Beautiful scenery, a little early this year for colors (22/09). Camping quite feasible even in the camp of the mount Jacques Cartier despite advanced season (guarantee of calm in this season, the two camping at the bottom being fairly close to the road). Providing for a little less than an hour drive to get there from the centre by a good dirt road.
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  • The place is very beautiful. The hikes are easy and the panoramic views. Can be seen caribou, bears, moose... But it is badly managed by SÉPAQ, as a large part of its parks. The mont Jacques-Cartier is a bazaar not possible. Already access is weird via a 25 km of gravel road in bad condition. Then, you must take a shuttle just to make 4 km, for a hike that makes 8... The shuttle is an old school bus, and of course it makes you pay extra... Fortunately the adjacent campsite, for once, has free showers... But only the bulbs to gas, electricity was not working when I was there. To hiking, you can easily spend 4-5 days. But as usual SÉPAQ does nothing to make your stay easy and enjoyable.
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  • Great hiking trails! Many were even accessible for our two place chariot stroller. Park employees are friendly and they didn't forget us when we missed the last shuttle back to the main building after returning from Mount Jacques Cartier's summit. We thought we would have to walk the 4 km back there with tired kids, but after what seemed like 600 or 700m we saw a nice lady coming towards us with her personal vehicle. We happily fitted the six of us in it and thanked her many times. She told us she would have come back a few other times until the end of her working shift and would have sent a rescue team if we were still missing by then. That is reassuring! We stayed in a Huttopia tent at the Mont Albert campground. I highly recommend it if you travel with kids or even if you want to travel light. We didn't need a trailer to haul our camping gear, we only needed our clothes, sleeping bags, towel and personal hygiene items. The tent is huge, we can eat at the table inside if need be, it doesn't get soaked up, the mattresses are on a platform about 20 inches higher than the floor, there are pillows, a mini-fridge, a small electric fan heater that we turned on every night (even in July), a camping stove under a canopy, and every cookware and dinnerware necessary. What a luxury! We were handed extra dish towels because we stayed for a week. You can use the extra outlet to plug in whatever you need (say, like a CPAP machine, or your phone which can be used as a clock or a camera through most of the park). Sepaq recommends bringing a cooler, and I suggest you bring a small stove or burner for more versatility. We didn't think of that so we had sandwiches for lunch a couple times. We will definitely go back someday!
  • I'm not lying, one of the most beautiful parks I have ever seen. The upper lake is really worth the effort. Unfortunaly we didnt saw any moose, but the moose did leave some Gifts :) if you are in the neighbourhood, visit this park. And please, Keep it clean.
  • Truly the best stop to camp, bike and hike in the whole Peninsula :) Truly an untouched park Wild life is everywhere Definitely coming back
  • Awesome Park. Beautiful views lots of paths and awesome places.
  • If you're lucky, you can spot some caribou. Try it :-)
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