Pierre Calame is an active retiree originally from Val-de-Travers, a valley at an elevation of 750 metres located in the Jura region of Switzerland. This mountainous region fostered Calame’s love of hiking—he is particularly fond of the Eastern Alps, with their peaks of over 3000 metres. Married to a Québécoise, Calame has visited the Bas-Saint-Laurent region on a regular basis for over 30 years. He sees each of his trips as an opportunity to visit a different part of Québec—and he’s especially interested in the maritime regions of this province. He only recently discovered the mountains of Gaspésie National Park and has since returned to this park twice.Gaspésie National Park
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is an exceptional place. We have stayed there three times: once in a cabin and twice at the Gîte du Mont-Albert
hotel. The main building is comfortable, and the staff is friendly.
We chose a package that included an evening dinner, the room and breakfast—and added a picnic lunch, which was very practical for hiking. The packages are particularly interesting, as they offer very good value for your money.
The food is excellent, and the choices are varied. The menu offers fine gourmet cuisine featuring regional products such as salmon and lamb from the Gaspé Peninsula. We enjoyed savouring these dishes in the warm and relaxed atmosphere of the Gîte. Last summer, the waiters remembered us and jokingly referred to us as permanent residents.
One of the Gîte’s assets is the nearby hiking trails. You can hike directly from the hotel to the top of Mt. Albert, for example. In the few days we stayed there, we were able to climb most of the park’s highest summits. The trails are clearly marked and varied enough to suit all types of hikers. Trail lengths and hiking times are also clearly indicated; the only thing that’s missing is information about elevation differences.
One thing that surprised me, coming from Switzerland, was to find nearly alpine scenery at relatively low elevations, around 1000 metres, with tundra and rare vegetation.
Each time we’ve stayed at the Gîte du Mont-Albert, we’ve come home with remarkable memories, and we always look forward to going back!