The Bas-Saint-Laurent-Gaspésie Tour

Route 132 – 1270 km (790 mi.)

This ride will take you through the coastal villages of Bas-Saint-Laurent, including some of the most beautiful in the province of Québec, as well as the region of Gaspésie, which offers rolling hills, gentle valleys and breathtaking views. Throughout your journey you will discover the many rest areas that dot Route 132, each with its own particular charms. In addition, you will be warmly welcomed wherever you go. Here is what not to miss along the way.

In Bas-Saint-Laurent

Témiscouata (borders New Brunswick)
Ride the winding roads of Témiscouata (accessible via Highway 85 or Route 289), which is home to vast forests and about 900 lakes and rivers to Kamouraska, Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski.
What not to miss: Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata, Domaine Acer maple economuseum® in Témiscouata and the Parc national du Bic, Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site in Rimouski.

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In Gaspésie

From the Matapédia Valley, known for it’s salmon rivers to Chaleur Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
What not to miss: Parc national de Miguasha (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Musée Acadien du Québec, Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac Historic Site
At Percé, you will be awed by the sight of Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island, just off the coast.
What not to miss: Nova Lumina (Chandler), Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, Géoparc de Percé, whale-watching cruises
The Gaspé sector is home to the region’s most dramatic and spectacular landscapes. The last leg of this scenic drive provides the greatest adrenaline rush: tight, twisting curves and great dips await you!
What not to miss: Forillon National Park, Birthplace of Canada, Musée de la Gaspésie, Micmac Interpretation Site of Gespeg, whale-watching cruises, Pointe-à-la-Renommée Historic Site (lighthouse)
Haute-Gaspésie
You will enjoy riding this segment of Route 132 (105 km / 65 mi.), which offers long curves between sea and mountains.
What not to miss: Parc national de la Gaspésie, Éole Cap-Chat (an impressive wind farm)
The Coast is dotted with roadside rest areas where you can stop and stretch your legs along the St. Lawrence.
What not to miss: Reford Gardens

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MORE INFO: www.quebecbythesea.ca/BasSaintLaurentGaspesieTour

Places to Eat, Stay & Play

Accommodations

Auberge de la Pointe resort hotel by the riverside 1-800-463-1222
10, blvd Cartier, Rivière-du-loup, Quebec; www.aubergedelapointe.com
10% off showing the guide, not valid on Saturday

Cruise & Ferry Services

Relais Nordik Inc. Sail on Bella Desgagnés- 1-800-463-0680
Sails to: Anticosti Island, Lower North Shore, Quebec; www.relaisnordik.com

Cross to the other side of the St. Lawrence, panoramic views  traversiers.com
From Gaspésie to Cote-Nord: Matane • Baie-Comeau • Godbout, Quebec