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Old 01-07-2015, 11:11 AM   #1
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Gaspe Peninsula

We're planning a return trip to our Canadian East Coast this year - and the target this time around is the Gaspe Peninsula. In years past we've really enjoyed exploring New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland but by-passed the Gaspe on each of those trips. We've decided it is time to go back and fill in the gap.

For this trip we'll be travelling the latter half of August and into September.

Am hoping to get advice on where to spend quality time regarding the Gaspe and what not to miss - towns, parks, attractions, boat tours, cultural activities (festivals/theatre etc.).

Thanks - and really looking forward to your thoughts.



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Old 01-08-2015, 10:58 AM   #2
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Nobody has any suggestions?

..... or the trip was just that bad?? ......


..... or maybe it's meant to be the world's best kept secret?? .....

..... or could be that we'll be the first Airstream to ever explore it!!!!
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:21 AM   #3
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We enjoyed our trip around the Gaspe' a few years ago. Camped at Cap-Chat on the St L, had the obligatory homard dinner. Continued around and stayed at Tete d'Indien for about a week and day-tripped all around Perce' and took the boat to Bonaventure Island to watch the gannets. Wait for a calm day as the seas can be pretty steep.

We loved the whole trip. Everyone was very friendly - but our basic French was a struggle in some of the remote fishing villages. We took the bridge to PEI )(no toll TO the island) and enjoyed touring - but the island seems to be mostly golf and Ann of Green Gables. Small enough that you can see all there is to see in a week or so. Charlottetown is charming and likely a must-see for all Canadians, as the Federation was federated there.

We rode the ferry to NS and stayed at the North Sydney KOA. This was convenient for us for touring Cape Breton and the Bras d'OR. I didn't get around to buying a bottle of NS Scotch at the distillery but will likely do so next time. Street signs in Gaelic, so brush up. Louisbourg is very well done for a living history village but plan to allow a full day as it is quite expensive and worth the time.

returning home, we did not visit the southern part of NS; we stayed at a muni campground in Parrsville that we remember fondly. the bay opens into the Bay of Fundy so the tremendous tides are on display there as well.

We really enjoyed the unhurried, rural character of the drive around Gaspe'. As I recall, we travelled in September.

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Jay.... Did the Gaspe trip about 10 years ago the same time frame you are considering. Not busy and very relaxing. The rock is the main attraction and there was a camp site overlooking it. One of our favorite destinations. Enjoy!
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Thanks to the both of you for the feedback!

.... I had been really starting to think of myself as a modern-day La Verendrye - albeit slightly off course - and with an Airstream .....

I really appreciate the advice.

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