East Coast Wanderfolk Series: Gaspésie

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In case you missed it, here is part one of D and I’s epic Gaspésie roadtrip that began in Percé Rock. 

You have already heard me rave and rave about how stunning the little, quiet town of Percé was in my first post detailing our first vacation together. When you’re only spending one night in a location and it ends up taking your breath away, well, it makes it a lot harder to leave the next day.

Unless, of course, you end up in Gaspé or more importantly, in beautiful Forillon National Park. You google these places and see photos, and sure everything looks beautiful. I knew I was going to love it.

Turns out, it’s absolutely otherworldly.

From stunning waterfalls, towering cliffs and coastal mountains, seals, whales, and creatures galore to the world’s tallest waterfall and the famous “Bout du Monde” or “Land’s End” – Forillon has some of the most epic views I’ve ever seen in Canada.

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Driftwood at Penouille Beach

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Cap Bon Ami

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La Chute

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Les Graves

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Cap-Gaspé Lighthouse
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Bout du Monde // Land’s End

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We hiked over 18kms in one day, choosing to do les Graves in the morning to hike to Land’s End, and then braving Mont-Saint-Alban in the afternoon. Because nothing tests the strength of your relationship than hiking to the top of a mountain.

If you EVER have the chance to visit Forillon National Park, do it. Don’t even think twice about it.

On day four of our trip, we grabbed coffee from the cutest little café in downtown Gaspé – Café des Artistes – which had the prettiest takeout cups. I had to snap a photo.

Once well caffeinated, we continued on our journey to Saint-Anne-de-Monts, stopping to check out the tallest lighthouse in Canada (located within Forillon National Park) followed by the most amazing scenic drive I could have ever imagined along the coast and mountains.

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Cap des Rosiers Lighthouse

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Le Martre Lighthouse

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We only spent one night in Saint-Anne-de-Monts before making the trip back home, so we didn’t have much time to check out Parc National de la Gaspésie BUT we did drive into the mountains to take a peek. It’s home to the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains (in Quebec) and I definitely want to go back and spend more time there next time!

AND they have caribou!

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Mont Albert

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Returning to reality after five amazing days on a whole new kind of adventure with D was rough, but I couldn’t have asked for a better first vacation + trip together.

Seriously. Visit Gaspésie in your lifetime. You won’t regret it.

If you’re planning a trip to Gaspésie, you can plan your adventure at Forillon National Park here and Parc National de la Gaspésie here.  To see all of our pics from Percé Rock, click here.

 

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