September 4-8, 2023
The fabled Gaspé region of Quebec is a portrait of rugged coastlines, peaceful fishing havens and pleasant valleys. Much of the region hasn’t changed a great deal since it was visited by Jacques Cartier in 1534.
Its appeal today is driven by tourists who come for its untouched natural beauty and the romantic charm of its villages and their residents.
Join Travac Tours as we explore this region of maritime Quebec. Your holiday will include visits to fabled Perce Rock, Bonaventure Island and one of the most beautiful gardens in North America, Reford Gardens. This fantastic tour includes 4 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, guided tours including Perce Rock and the services of a Travac Tour Director.
This morning you will depart Westgate Shopping Centre and make our way through Montreal and follow the south shore of the St. Lawrence River to Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec. A lunch stop will be made enroute. Rivière-du-Loup has a proud history that dates back to 1673. Today it is a great stopping point for our visit to Gaspé. Expect to arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon.
This morning we will begin our journey into the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula. Our travels will take us through picturesque villages and pleasant maritime scenery. Gaspé itself is a peninsula along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River. Its name comes from a Mi’kmaq word meaning Land’s End. The actual size of the Gaspé Peninsula is close to that of Belgium, but its population is less than 100,000. Expect to arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon. After you check in to your hotel you will be free to enjoy the surrounds of the charming seaside village of Percé. (B)
Your day will begin with a visit to Bonaventure Island by boat (weather permitting). The island is one of the largest and most accessible bird sanctuaries in the world. It was also one of the most important fishing ports of New France in the 17th century. Your day will also include a tour of this part of the Gaspé region. You will have the opportunity to see Percé Rock up close. This rock formation was first named by Samuel de Champlain in 1607. From a distance the rock looks like a ship under sail. It is also one of the world’s largest natural arches and attracts tourists from around the world. After your tour, the balance of your day will be free. (B)
Leaving Percé, we will travel through the Gaspé Peninsula following the north shore of the peninsula as we travel to Rimouski. Along the way, we will make a stop at Reford Gardens. Originally a fishing camp, Reford gardens has been transformed into one of the most beautiful gardens in Canada by the several generations of the Reford family. Today the gardens feature over 3,000 species and varieties of plants, all living in a picturesque setting that is assisted by an unusual area microclimate. The magic of these gardens will certainly be a highlight of our holiday. In the late afternoon, we arrive to our hotel for the evening. (B)
We will begin our journey home after breakfast. Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the early evening. (B)
Itinerary subject to change.
Auberge de la Pointe, or similar
Hotel Address10 Cartier Blvd
Riotel Perce, or similar
Hotel Address261 Rte. 132
The Hotel Rimouski, or similar
Hotel Address225 Boulevard Rene Lepage Est
Itinerary subject to change.
Please note that you are required to have valid photo-identification with you.