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About Gaspé

Gaspé is a city with an intoxicating mix of regional cultures, sitting at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in the immense region of eastern Quebec. It's surrounded by dramatic rock faces, pounding surf and jagged coasts dotted with lighthouses. It's also home to an abundance of flora and fauna.

The Gaspé Peninsula, situated along the coast of the majestic St Lawrence River, is the birthplace of Canada, where Jacques Cartier first claimed the land for France. It contains four national parks, including Bonaventure Island, and the massive Percé Rock (one of the world's largest natural arches sitting in water), as well as over 200,000 northern gannets.

In town you can explore Gaspé's maritime heritage and legendary hospitality. The modern Gaspé cathedral is built almost entirely of wood, with beautiful stained glass. The Musée de la Gaspésie tells of Jacques Cartier's voyages, and the Anglo-French struggle for power over this region.

 

Shore excursions in Gaspé

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

An Overview of Gaspé Town

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

The perfect option for those wishing to discover Gaspé at a more leisurely pace.

Gaspé, meaning ‘Land’s End’ in the native Mi’kmaq language, is associated with the beginning of western history in North America; the cross that Jacques Cartier erected here in 1534 has made it the birthplace of Canada.

A short drive from the pier takes you downtown to the Gaspé Museum, where you can discover the history, art, heritage and culture of the region's people. At the museum you’ll have a guided tour of the exhibits, and refreshments will be offered in the museum café that offers a panoramic backdrop of Gaspé Bay.

Located near the museum is the Jacques Cartier Monument that commemorates the principal scenes of the historic encounter between western and native cultures. Take a short stroll to view this important historical monument.

Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic drive through Gaspé town, passing by the wooden-built Christ Roi Cathedral and then onto the location of the Commemorative Cross for a photo stop, before the short drive back to the ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus. To derive full enjoyment of this tour, some walking is required at the museum and to the Jacques Cartier Monument, however both are optional. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the bus. A limited tourism infrastructure is part of Gaspé’s charm; transportation may be more basic than in other ports (school bus or similar).

Discover Percé

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 6½ hours

Capture the wonderful sights and scenery in and around the surrounds of the Percé region and its quaint town.

The popular town of Percé is situated at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula and visitors are drawn to its lovely scenery, rugged coastal surroundings and quaint town.

Sit back, relax and admire the views as you drive along the rugged coastal route to Percé. As you are nearing Percé, a photo stop will be made at the Pic de L’Aurore overlook to capture the sweeping views across the ocean. A stop will also be made at the Mont Joli overlook that offers a fabulous view of Percé Rock, one of the most photographed landmarks in the area.

Your drive will continue to Anse á Beaufils, a small harbour lined with colourful fishing boats and a hub for art galleries and cultural activities. After a short stop here, you’ll head to a local restaurant to enjoy luncheon, stopping en route to take in the views at Côte Surprise.

To round off your tour, there will be free time for you to explore Percé town at leisure, and to browse the many craft and handicraft shops.

The return drive will take you back along the coastal route, allowing you to enjoy the coastal scenery once more.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus and on foot. This tour involves periods of walking and standing at each stop. The terrain is uneven and gravel in parts and includes some steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Local currency is accepted for purchases.

Gaspé Sights and Forillon National Park

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 6 hours

Discover the natural beauty surrounding Gaspé and the Forillon National Park.

Setting off from the pier, sit back and relax as you drive along the scenic park roadways towards the Forillon National Park. The majestic and wild landscape covers 140 square miles and offers diverse scenery as well as an historical and cultural background.

Your visit will include the Fort Peninsular and a guided walk at Cap Bon Ami, which offers spectacular rugged coastline views. You’ll also enjoy a photo stop at Cap des Rosiers Lighthouse, a 34 metre high tower that sits proudly on the cliff edge.

Afterwards, you’ll take a drive to L’Anse au Griffon to visit the Le Boutiller Manor, a national historic site and authentically restored home, originally owned by John Le Boutiller, a major cod exporter and political figure. The manor takes you back in time and showcases the local maritime industry. The arts and crafts of the region are also promoted in the gift shop where you may wish to purchase a souvenir.

A typical Canadian lunch and a tea or coffee will be served in a local eatery, before taking the return drive back to the pier.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus and on foot. The return drive is approximately 1¼ hours. This tour involves around 1 hour of walking over varying terrain, including some steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Local currency is accepted for purchases. Limited tourism infrastructure is part of Gaspé’s charm; transportation may be more basic than in other ports (school bus or similar).

Gaspé Town Walking Tour

Activity medium

Duration: 2½ hours

Discover the history and heritage of Gaspé on a guided walking tour.

Follow in the footsteps of French explorer Jacques Cartier on this delightful walking tour of downtown Gaspé.

During your walk, you’ll discover Gaspé’s historical and cultural heritage through the architecture and commemorative art that evokes the past. Step back in time and rediscover Gaspé as you hear tales of the indigenous inhabitants of the land and how Jacques Cartier laid claim to the area. The cross that Cartier erected in Gaspé in 1954 and which can still be seen today, earned the town the distinction of being named the ‘birthplace’ of Canada.

A highly diverse cultural mosaic, Gaspé encompasses myriad landscapes and is home to people of many different cultural backgrounds.

Essential information

This tour will operate on foot. This tour involves around 2½ hours of leisurely walking over relatively flat ground. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are essential.

Percé and Bonaventure Island Boat Ride

Activity medium

Duration: 5 hours

Discover the charm of Percé town and take a delightful coastal cruise to view the Northern Gannet colony at Bonaventure Island.

The drive to Percé will take you along the panoramic coastal road of Gaspé Bay. Upon arrival, you’ll take a lovely boat ride to Bonaventure Island and enjoy some free time in Percé town.

Also referred to as ‘Gannet Island’, Bonaventure has been a migratory bird sanctuary since 1919 and attracts large colonies of Northern Gannets. As you cruise by the island, the sights, sounds and smells will give you an indication of the sheer number of Gannets on the island. Keep an eye out for flocks engaging in bouts of plunge diving for fish. En route you can admire Percé Rock, one of the most photographed and painted landmarks in the area.

Your free time in Percé town can be spent browsing the craft shops and art galleries and perhaps purchase a snack, lunch or refreshment.

Leaving the charm of Percé behind, sit back and enjoy the scenery once more as you take the return drive back to the ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus, coach and on foot. The drive to Percé is around 1¼ hours each way. Limited tourism infrastructure is part of Gaspé’s charm; transportation may be more basic than in other ports (school bus or similar). There is a short walk from the coach parking area to the boat pier. Passengers do not disembark at Bonaventure Island; it is a cruise by only. The boat ride is around 1 hour. Gannet sightings cannot always be guaranteed. The area is prone to fog which may also affect viewing. It is recommended to take a jumper or a jacket for the boat ride. There are a set of fairly steep steps to reach the upper deck of the boat. Flat, non-slip shoes are essential. Please remember local currency for purchases.

 

A selection of cruises to Gaspé

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