The beginning of my road trip around Gaspésie: the lovely village of Notre-Dame-du-Portage
Here even the dead have a terrific view from their final resting place!
All this area is well known for its incredible sunsets, and I can confirm: yes they are amazing!
A yellow school bus, a maple tree with the first red leaves from the fall: no doubt, I’m in Canada!
The Falls park, directly in the center of the city of Rivière-du-Loup.
Another incredible sunset over the St. Lawrence, this time from Rivière-du-Loup
Even the birds wanted to see it!
One of the ferries linking the North and the South sides of the St. Lawrence
Great view from the Pic Champlain, in the Bic National Park
If you look carefully, on some of these rocks you can see seals sunbathing!
Another view from the Bic National Park
Waterfall at the beginning of the Canyon des Portes de l’Enfer (Hell’s Gate Canyon)
And here is the Canyon
63m above the ground, this is the highest suspended bridge in Quebec
And I crossed it… Not so easy for me as I’m afraid of heigths!
Driving back from the Canyon, looks like the road is directly falling into the St. Lawrence
The historic site of Pointe-au-Père next to Rimouski features 3 great visits, a lighthouse, a museum about the sinking of the Empress of Ireland and this submarine, the only one you can visit in Canada!
After Rimouski, the Route 132 is reduces to a narrow road between the cliffs and the St. Lawrence. It’s an amazing drive!
Don’t forget to stop at the La Martre lighthouse, probably the most beautiful of Gaspésie!
I could sit on that bench and enjoy the sight forever…
A lake, a forest, a little wooden house: the perfect cliché of Canada!
Into the Wild
I was very lucky to see this bald eagle as there’s sadly not many left in the National Park of Gaspésie
The National Park of Gaspésie: when I went there the weather wasn’t the best but under a blue sky the view must be breathtaking
A beaver lodge… with the beaver himself on the left!
Back on the route 132, in the direction of the Forillon National Park
The huge cliffs of the Forillon National Park surrounded by clouds
The best moment to go see the cliffs of the Forillon National Park is at sunrise; first, the sunrise itself is amazing…
…and second, the cliffs get a beautiful red light directly on them. What a sight!
The lighthouse from Cap-des-Rosiers at sunrise
In the Forillon National Park, you absolutely need to climb to the panoramic tower of Mount Saint-Alban. The 360° view is breathtaking, and you can even clearly see the Percé Rock!
The lighthouse from Cap-des-Rosiers is the tallest in Canada
The view over the Forillon cliffs from the lighthouse
The porcupine might become my new favourite animal: he’s so cute!
Land’s end: the end of Cap Gaspé in the Forillon National Park
And this is what the land’s end looks like
The Percé Rock: 88m high, and the arch measures 20m! There used to be another one, but it collapsed in the 19th century, leaving a part of the rock alone on the right
From Percé you can sail to Bonaventure Island, and see a lot of seals on the way
But the main attraction of Bonaventure Island is the northern gannet’s colony, one of the biggest in the world
And here’s the colony!
It’s really incredible to get so close to these birds and spot their behaviour; this position means that this one is about to take off
It’s huge, it’s loud, it smells, in one word: it’s unforgettable!
Another inhabitant of Bonaventure Island!
The view over the Percé Rock from Bonaventure Island is gorgeous
I could’t help taking more and more pictures, I have dozens of them from every possible angle!
Finally, one last sunset with a pink sun. #nofilter