Ocean, wind, seafood: There’s no better way to describe Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine! Forget what you think you know about Quebec; nothing else in North America can compare to this region. The lifestyle, landscapes, people… Everything is different in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine!
Madelinots, the descendants of the Acadians who avoided deportation in 1755 by escaping to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, are renowned seafarers and fishermen. Warm, welcoming and proud of their heritage, they have preserved their authentic dialect throughout the years. Their accent varies from island to island, an endearing aspect of their culture.
The archipelago consists of a dozen islands, six of which are linked by narrow sand dunes. With such a breathtaking scenery, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the Îles-de-la-Madeleine landscape.
If you love water sports, this is the place to be. Cycling enthusiasts will be thrilled with the Route verte, a cycling path providing countless opportunities to explore off the beaten path. Birdwatchers will find their bliss at the Rocher aux oiseaux, a bird refuge teeming with petrels, northern gannets, razorbills, murres, gulls and more.
Gaspésie is a long peninsula basking in the waters of the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf, in the far east of Quebec. It consists of five natural and touristic regions that provide a variety of majestic landscapes complete with idyllic views of the ocean, mountains, valleys, bays and coasts For a world-class itinerary, take the main road, Route 132, and follow the 900 km loop. You will be awed by the prodigious peninsula surrounded by ocean that can be at times both harsh and soothing, with spectacular panoramas that will leave you surprised and dazzled.
Explore Gaspésie’s diverse ecosystems, abundant wildlife and rich flora. You can enjoy, among others, the world’s most accessible northern gannet colony, a paleontological site recognized by UNESCO, and, of course, Gaspésie’s most famous sight, the Percé Rock. Fresh and delicious local food is also on the menu throughout Gaspésie, with sugar shacks, chocolate factories, cheese shops and dairy bars to be found throughout your travels. Not to mention the succulent fish and seafood to be had. The real estate market is prospering, especially in Gaspé, where the number of properties for sale has increased in the last few years.
You will be seduced by the region’s contrasting landscapes, its hilly countryside overlooking the ocean, and the fishing and farming villages where men and women have carved out a place while respecting that of nature. Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine is an unforgettable, must-see destination.