Gaspésie National Park

Lac aux Américains (Americans Lake) close to Mount Albert

Gaspésie National Park (parc national de la Gaspésie) is a Quebec provincial park located in the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula. The main attraction of the park is the Chic-Choc mountains, one of Quebec's highest mountain ranges, part of the Appalachian Mountains (les Appalaches).

Understand

Gaspé Peninsula is a sparsely populated region. Most settlements are on or near the coast, meaning that the interior of the peninsula is rather untouched. The park is one of the southernmost places in North America where caribou can be seen in their natural environment and the only place where caribou live in Quebec to the south of St. Lawrence river. The place is also full of moose.

Get in

By car

From Montreal, take Highway 20 and then Route 132 to the east. The trip takes approximately 8 hours. If you have the stamina and an early starting time, you can do the trip in a day. Otherwise, it is very pleasant to take two days and discover some of the towns along the way. Once you reach Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, the turn-off for the park is signposted with a small brown sign with its French name "Parc national de la Gaspésie" in white. Look for the Tim Horton's - it is on the same road that you need to drive down. Getting to the Gîte du Mont-Albert will take about half an hour's further driving. The times will vary to get to the different camping grounds. If you want more information before driving into the park, there is a tourist centre in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts but it is only open during summertime.

By bus

Orleans Express stops at Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, the closest town to the park, located to the north. From the end of June to September, there is a shuttle between Sainte-Anne-des-Monts and the park once a day (approx. $7). There is no shuttle in winter.

Get around

A car is advisable.

See

The Chic-Chocs mountain range offers very scenic views, especially atop the mountains.

Do

Hike. Climbing mountains (there are many paths) or walking around the Mont Albert are popular activities (though the last one lasts about 6h).

Eat and drink

Budget

Mid-range

Sleep

Budget

You can sleep at the park by camping. If you don't have camping equipment, you can rent a hut, but you should reserve early. Some camping equipment can also be rented.

Mid-range

Connect

Gîte du Mont-Albert has wifi Internet.

Stay safe

The usual precautions apply. Use snow tires during winter and drive carefully. You will probably see the snow piled into embankments on either side of the road due to diligent snow-plowing but take extra care when plowing has not taken place. During summer, be aware that there are black bear in this region. Moose during rutting season should be avoided and drive carefully when visibility is poor, or it is dark, to avoid a possible moose collision. The Park enforces strict rules on hiking near caribou territory for the protection of the caribou herd - ask at the Visitor Interpretation Centre for more information.

Go next

Routes through Gaspésie National Park

Sainte-Anne-des-Monts  N  S  New Richmond


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