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.

Getting here – To Bas-Saint-Laurent…

• From Montréal or Québec City: Highway 20 and/or Route 132
• Via New Brunswick: Highway 2 (Route 185 in Québec) from Interstate 95 in Maine
or Highway 104 in Nova Scotia

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. Lake Témiscouata, the largest lake in the area, offers the opportunity to enjoy many activities. The area also offers fine dining, not to mention food producers and artisans worth visiting.
What not to miss: Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata, Domaine Acer maple economuseum®
This area is home to many Victorian-era residences along the St. Lawrence, as well as art studios, boutiques offering handcrafted objects, restaurants, fish shops, chocolate makers and more. Enjoy spending hours browsing these picturesque villages!
Renowned for its spectacular sunsets, Rivière-du-Loup is the second largest city in the region. Enjoy the lively downtown core and many restaurants as well as whale-watching cruises and boat tours of the islands in the St. Lawrence.
Located along the coast, Rimouski offers all the advantages of a vibrant city along with easy access to quiet natural settings. Enjoy the bustling downtown core and take advantage of the city’s many entertainment options, including several festivals.
What not to miss: Parc national du Bic, Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site

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Getting here – To Gaspésie…

• From Montréal or Québec City: Highway 20 and/or Route 132
• Via New Brunswick or Nova Scotia: Highway 2 and Route 11 from Highway 104.
• From Maine, take Interstate 95 to Highway 2 and then Routes 17 and 11

In Gaspésie

Matapédia Valley
A haven of natural tranquility, the Matapédia Valley is home to many lakes and some of the most beautiful salmon rivers in Québec as well as lovely churches and covered bridges. The stretch of Route 132 that borders the magnificent Matapédia River is particularly beautiful in the fall.
Chaleur Bay
This seaside region will charm you with its long beaches and mountain scenery. Well protected from the wind, Chaleur Bay is 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
Land’s End
When you first ride into the village of Percé, you will be awed by the sight of Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island, just off the coast. Enjoy the bustle of activities in the village, where boutiques, art studios and restaurants beckon with their colourful facades and friendly staff.
What not to miss: Nova Lumina (Chandler), Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, Percé UNESCO Geopark, 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)
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
This part of Gaspésie is dotted with roadside rest areas where you can stop and stretch your legs while admiring the St. Lawrence. Several give you access to beaches or the shoreline.
What not to miss: Reford Gardens

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Cruise & Ferry Services

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

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