Stéphanie Clément Grandcourt is a journalist who has specialized in the fields of tourism and the environment for over 10 years. Editor in chief of the site www.jevoyagedurable.com, she is always on the lookout for locations that advocate sustainable development without sacrificing comfort, so she can recommend them to her readers. She stayed at the Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge during a press tour in Gaspésie.
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I had heard of the Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge
and hoped to be able to stay there. When I received an invitation to go there with other journalists, I accepted with much pleasure.
The Lodge is very comfortable, which is great in a place that is so secluded. It seems very small, surrounded as it is by vast expanses of wilderness such as can only be found in North America (particularly Québec). It feels as though you’re lost in the wild, in a place that is accessible but also completely isolated in the mountains, 615 metres above sea level.
Wildlife sightings lived up to my expectations: I saw several moose while I was there. The territory of about 60 km2
gives you access to a multitude of hiking trails in all directions, and the staff is very friendly. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the guides, including Jean-François Dubé, are great. Since they are very familiar with the surrounding natural environment and its biodiversity, they are happy to answer visitors’ questions.
Evenings at the Lodge are also lots of fun. In fact, part of the Lodge’s charm comes from a host of small details, such as being able to get up early and enjoy a cup of coffee outside without having to wait for everyone else to wake up (which is great when you are jet lagged!). The wine cellar is well-stocked. A huge chimney rises up in the middle of the dining room, and the atmosphere is very congenial. The fact that everyone eats together at the same table—visitors and guides alike—adds to the friendliness of the Lodge.
Since my visit, I regularly recommend the Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge to other travellers. It’s one of the best places I’ve stayed. In fact, I’d like to go back, with my family this time. The Lodge really offers what I want to find for my readers: affordable comfort surrounded by pristine wilderness.