Like many of the surrounding communities, Gaspé is quite unremarkable except for one thing—the Forillon National Park lies wholly within the city limits, giving it a cachet that few other cities can claim. The fact that French explorer Jacques Cartier landed here on his first voyage across the Atlantic in 1534 has earned the city the title "Birthplace of Canada." By the mid-1700s it was an important cod-fishing center; later it hosted a duty-free port attracting European and American ships. View more
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Explore the spectacular natural beauty and landmarks of historic Gaspé and its environs during this picturesque sightseeing tour.
Gaspé is a unique town with 93 miles of coastline. With its magnificent body of water, the Bay of Gaspe is sheltered by the surrounding mountains.
Forillon National Park - An invitation to Land's End!
Your tour starts with a drive to the Forillon National Park - An invitation to Land's End! The tip of Forillon was declared a Canadian national park in order to preserve the wild beauty of its coast. This park reveals various geological formations and phenomena up to 450 million years old. Drive to the lookout point of Fort Peninsula and visit a relic from World War II. From there, you will follow the coast for a drive by Cap-Bon-Ami, where the sea cliffs reach a height of 590 feet.
Next, re-board your coach and drive to Cap-des-Rosiers. Located in the northern area of Forillon National Park, this cape is famous for its lighthouse, erected in 1858, which is the tallest in Canada. Its powerful light has guided ships without fail for over 150 years, and the lighthouse was declared a National Historic Monument in 1977. With its 7 feet thick marble walls soaring 112 feet into the air, here you will have memorable photo opportunities.
The Manoir Le Boutillier
This stop is followed by National Historic Monument, the Manoir Le Boutillier. The Manor was built in 1850 by John Le Boutilier, a cod merchant. During your tour, learn about the different facets of the Gaspe Peninsula regional heritage.
Musee de la Gaspesie and Refreshments
Your tour concludes at the Musee de la Gaspesie, the perfect place to rediscover the beautiful Peninsula. Enjoy complimentary local snack & coffee service with an incredible view of the ship anchored at the Gaspe Bay. Visit the fascinating permanent exhibition which revolves around the history, art, heritage and culture of the region.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility however it is not suitable for guests utilizing a wheelchair. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes, waterproof outwear and dress in layers.
Cruise to Percé Rock and around Bonaventure Island sectors to see its gannet colony, the largest in the world and then explore Percé on your own.
Depart the pier for about one hour scenic drive from Gaspé to Percé. Past sweeping bays and admire one of the most extraordinary panoramas in Eastern Canada: The Bay of Gaspé, the cliffs of Forillon National Park, the Barachois de Malbaie (sand-bar), the unique precipices along the coast in Percé.
Percé Rock & Bonaventure Island
Upon arrival in Percé, board boat for a cruise around Bonaventure Island and Percé rock. Sculpted by time and the sea at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, the Bonaventure Island is an enchanting site, rich in historical heritage and geological history. It is inhabited by many seabirds, including gulls, puffin and the largest Gannet Colony in the world.
Witness the famous Percé Rock, one of the world's largest and most spectacular natural arches. It bears an unshakeable monolith is 375 million years old. This nesting place for cormorants, kittiwakes and seagulls measures 433 metres in length and its estimated weight is 5 million tonnes.
Percé village has attracted artists since the 1930s. Enjoy some free time during which you may walk along the cliffs to admire the views, meet with local artists and artists in the boutiques which are certain to inspire a multitude of gifts ideas.
After your self-exploration, board your school bus for the return transfer back to Gaspé.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 100 yards (91.44 metres) from the tender dock to the parking are with a flight of stairs. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility however it is not suitable for guests utilizing a wheelchair. Water resistant shoes, waterproof outwear and dressing in layers is recommended.
Discover the natural splendour of Forillon National Park during this panoramic nature trek.
Forillon National Park: An invitation to Land's End!
A visit to Forillon National Park is sure to be a unique adventure. With the mission of preserving the wild beauty of its coast, the park features various geological formations and phenomena dating up to 450 million years old. Carved out of the sea, cliffs and mountains, you will marvel at 94 square miles of majestic landscapes where land joins the sea.
Tournée dans les Parages Hiking Trail
Disembark the coach and start your nature walk near at the Grande Grave heritage. The trail called Une tournée dans les parages (A Walk Around the Area) reveals an unforgotten past and attests to the way of life of fishing families, and takes you back through fields and woods to a number of old houses and barns. Outdoor exhibits along the way recount the history of Grande-Grave. The bracing sea air and Forillon's magnificent panoramas are sure to make your walk all the more pleasant.
At the conclusion of the day, board a school bus for the short journey back to Gaspé and the ship.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking of approximately 3.5 miles (5.5 kilometres) on both flat and gravel surfaces. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and a light jacket are recommended. Tour operates on a school bus.