The Gaspésie is a world must-see destination to visit at least one in a lifetime. Its picturesque road circuit is renowned as a wonder in North America, and Chaleur Bay stands out amongst one of the most beautiful bays in the world. A true year-round playground, Gaspésie has a wealth of exciting activities, places brimming with history, unique flavours and new people to meet. A must-see destination that leaves no one indifferent to its charms!
Visitors to Old Québec soon see why UNESCO designated it a world heritage treasure! You’ll love Château Frontenac (the world’s most photographed hotel), the centuries-old architecture, and the historic sites.
The friendly atmosphere and affable locals add to the European charm. You’ll find horse-drawn carriages, street entertainers, singers, and artists, particularly at Old Québec’s own open-air art gallery, Rue du Trésor. High atop Cape Diamond, stroll along the Dufferin Terrace overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding area. Or come watch the ice making its way down the river in winter.
DAY ONE: MON, AUG 21
7:00 am Depart from Kingston Shrine Club 3260 Princess St. Please see other pick-up locations & times on reverse page. Today we travel along the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City. Early afternoon check in at the Hotel Clarendon, inside the fortification walls and a block from the Chateau Frontenac. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy the ambiance of this historical city, have dinner and browse the quaint shops.
Hotel: Hotel Clarendon 418-692-2480
DAY TWO: TUES, AUG 22
Full American Breakfast this morning at the hotel.
8:00 am We depart for the Gaspé Peninsula, a mostly coastal region of Eastern Quebec surrounded by the St. Lawrence Waterway as well as by the Bay of Chaleur. Today we will cross Gaspé at its narrowest spot, travelling through the picturesque Matapedia Valley. On the way we will visit the Métis Gardens located near Matane. You will have lunch on your own and tour this internationally renowned horticultural achievement, which resulted from Elsie Redford’s passion for gardening. This gardener’s paradise is home to over 3,000 species and varieties of native and exotic plants. There will be plenty of time for photo opportunities. We will overnight in Matane, a maritime town located at the mouth of the Matane River. Check in to Hotel Riotel Matane, our seaside hotel. Dinner is included tonight.
Hotel: Hotel Riotel Matane 418-566-2651
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY THREE & FOUR: WED, AUG 23 & THURS, AUG 24
8:00 am After a wonderful included breakfast, we will take a leisurely trip north-east following 132 along the Gulf of St. Lawrence all the way to Percé for our two-night stay. Included lunch today will be at Auberge Le Caribou. Our hotel for the next two evenings is the picturesque Hotel Riotel Percé, located right on the beach with a stunning view of Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island, which together make up one of Canada’s most beautiful national parks! Without a doubt, Percé is the highlight of any visit to the Gaspé Peninsula. You will be delighted with the enchanting setting and the fishermen on the docks as well as Percé’s cultural life and tourist attractions. A full American breakfast is included each morning. On Thursday, sightseeing includes a boat ride around the famous Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island, home to a world-renowned Northern Gannet colony. You may also see puffins, cormorants and murres. This afternoon we are free to enjoy and explore the village of Percé. Although Percé now has a mainly tourist vocation, it used to be an important fishing centre. It reigns as one of Quebec’s most important natural tourist attractions. Dinner is included this evening at the hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Riotel Perce 418-782-2166
Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 2 Dinner
DAY FIVE: FRI, AUG 25
Enjoy your full American breakfast.
8:00 am Today we will choose 132 south to continue around the Gaspé Peninsula, hugging the shoreline along the Bay of Chaleur. On our journey homeward we are sure to find the most diversified and picturesque bays and coastlines, valleys, and mountain landscapes. Included lunch will be at Auberge La Coulée Douce. We check into the Hotel Universel. Relax and freshen up before we enjoy our farewell dinner!
Hotel: Hotel Universel 418-862-9520
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY SIX: SAT, AUG 26
Full American breakfast is included before we board our coach for the trip back to Kingston. In the morning we will pause to visit St. Jean-Port-Joli and the wood carvers. We estimate a 9:00 pm arrival at the Maple Leaf Tour Office.
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- A deposit of $100 is required at the time of booking.
- Balance is due 60 days prior to departure.
- Early booking bonus of $50 off applies to bookings paid in full May 23, 2018
- Refunds are not available within 30 days of travel
5:30 am Depart from Belleville Maple Leaf Office at 81 Millennium Parkway (parking)
6:00 am Depart from Napanee Flying J.
7:00 am Depart from Kingston Shrine Club 3260 Princess St (parking)
7:15 am Depart from Gananoque HWY 2 carpool lot.
7:45 am Depart Brockville from Food Basics
6:45 am Depart from Ottawa Robbies Italian Restaurant 1531 St Laurent Blvd (parking)
7:10 am Depart from Ottawa All Saints Lutheran Church 1061 Pinecrest Rd (parking)
7:40 am Depart Kemptville from Stinson Gas Bar
Hotel Clarendon – 418-692-2480
Dating back to 1870, this upscale hotel in Old Québec is a 12-minute walk from La Citadelle de Québec and 2.4 km from the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. The refined rooms with antique furnishings offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Some rooms add sitting areas and/or city views. Amenities include a sophisticated wood-panelled restaurant, an acclaimed jazz bar with live music on weekends, and meeting rooms.
Hotel Riotel Matane – 418-566-2651
Overlooking the Fleuve Saint-Laurent and the Rivière-Matane, this polished hotel is 1.6 km from downtown Matane and 4.2 km from the ferry terminal with service to Baie-Comeau. The functional rooms have flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, iPod docks, Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves and mini fridges. Amenities include a river-view patio with a fire pit, a pool and hot tub, a tennis court and a playground, plus free parking. There are also 2 restaurants and meeting spaces, as well as a bar with a fireplace and a piano.
Hotel Riotel Perce – 418-782-2166
This relaxed seasonal hotel by the Baie de Percé is 800m from the Musée le Chafaud and 1 km from the Perce village centre. The airy rooms with wood-panelled walls come with air-conditioning, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and minifridges, and many offer sea views. Upgraded rooms and suites have lounge areas with pull-out sofas, Keurig coffeemakers and rainfall shower heads. There’s an outdoor hot tub, an exercise room and a terrace, plus direct beach access. The restaurant/bar serves regional fare and locally caught seafood. Freebies include hot beverages in the lobby, parking, and shuttle service to and from the train station.
Hotel Universel – 418-862-9520
A 7-minute walk from the Centre Commercial Rivière-du-Loup, this contemporary hotel is 2.7 km from the Parc des Chutes and 3.6 km from the Club de Golf de Rivière-du-Loup. The modern rooms feature microwaves, mini fridges and Keurig coffeemakers, plus iPod docks, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Some have pull-out sofas. Suites add separate living areas and additional TVs. Some add kitchenettes, dining tables for 6, whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Amenities include an indoor pool with a water slide, an exercise room and a tanning bed. There are also 2 restaurants, a Nordic-style spa and abundant meeting and event space.
Guided Tour of Perce
As soon as you set foot in Percé, you will fall in love with this charming village. You will first be awed by the sight of Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island just off the coast. You will then be swept up in the bustle of activities in the village, where boutiques, studios, restaurants and cafés beckon with their colourful facades and friendly staff. The Percé area is also ideal for hiking, bird watching, sea kayaking and many other outdoor activities. An excursion to Bonaventure Island is a must: this is your chance to visit the most accessible northern gannet colony in the world! In addition, several different species of whales can be observed during sea excursions along the Gaspésie coast.
Perce Boat Tour
The tour to the land of whales! Whether it’s for whale watching or to go to the legendary Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island, host of the largest colony of gannets in the world, our team will do everything to ensure an unforgettable experience.
The Jardins de Métis, also known in English as the Reford Gardens, is an English-style garden located at Grand-Metis Quebec. Originally private, the gardens were opened to the public in 1962. The gardens were designed a Canadian National Historic Site in 1995 and as a Quebec heritage site by the Ministry of Culture and Communications of Quebec in 2013. The property covers about 18 hectares (45 acres). The gardens contain approximately 3,000 plant varieties.
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