The Québec maritime Blog

5 Good Reasons to Visit La Baie-des-Chaleurs
  • Carleton-sur-Mer
    Mathieu Dupuis

5 Good Reasons to Visit La Baie-des-Chaleurs

The La Baie-des-Chaleurs sector in Gaspésie borders Chaleur Bay, which is one of the most beautiful in the world. Offering long beaches protected from the wind, temperate waters, spectacular scenery and picturesque villages reflecting a rich cultural mosaic, this part of the Gaspé Peninsula has been attracting vacationers for decades. Here are five good reasons to visit this sector.

1. Discover one of the last battles of the Seven Years’ War

The last naval battle between France and Great Britain for possession of the North American continent took place in Chaleur Bay in 1760. Learn about this historic event at the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site in Pointe-à-la-Croix. Enjoy an extraordinary journey as you discover the vestiges of the Machault, a French frigate that is exceptionally well preserved, given it spent 200 years underwater!

2. Step back 380 million years in time

Parc national de Miguasha in Nouvelle invites you to discover plant and animal fossils dating back to the Devonian Period, when certain species transitioned from water to land. Come and admire the specimens found on this site, which is included on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. Enjoy a guided tour of the fossil site, visit a fascinating paleontology exhibition and discover the only complete specimen of Elpistostege watsoni ever found in the world! This species is of paramount importance in evolutionary biology because it’s a close relative of the tetrapods (vertebrates with legs). Are you intrigued yet?

3. Understand the history of Acadians in Québec

Did you know that three million Québécois have at least one Acadian ancestor? To immerse yourself in the moving history of this people and find out more about their presence in Québec, visit the Musée Acadien du Québec in Bonaventure. The museum houses several exhibitions and offers various activities including guided tours and a GPS treasure hunt. Don’t miss Living Portraits, an exhibition focused on the history of Gaspésie that features historic characters who move from one painting to the next! This exhibition continues in four other museums in the region.

4. Relive the heyday of cod fishing in Gaspésie

The cod fishery is an integral part of the history of Gaspésie. Relive the fascinating adventures of the two largest Jersey fishing companies of the 18th and 19th centuries at the Paspébiac National Historic Site. In addition to visiting period buildings (including the largest wooden structure in North America), you can also watch traditional shipbuilding, net-mending, blacksmithing and barrel-making demonstrations. A visit to this site offers a true immersion into the past! And if you want a bite to eat, treat yourself to delicious fish and seafood at the L’Ancre restaurant, on site.

5. Have fun on the water

The La Baie-des-Chaleurs sector is also a popular destination for outdoor lovers. Test your sea legs with Pêche Sportive Baie-des-Chaleurs in Carleton-sur-Mer or Rats de Marées in Bonaventure as you enjoy fishing for plaice, mackerel or striped bass, a very challenging fish to catch! The Bonaventure River, one of the clearest in North America, is also a great place to have fun on the water. Explore the river’s estuary during a pontoon excursion with a guide at the Bioparc de la Gaspésie (after encountering caribou, beavers, cougars, wolves and other animal species in this wildlife park!) and then head over to Cime Aventure for a canoeing, kayaking or rafting adventure!

How many of these activities will you add to your bucket list as you plan your next vacation in La Baie-des-Chaleurs? You’ll also find accommodations options for all tastes in this sector. This segment of the Bas-Saint-Laurent – Gaspésie Tour has many surprises in store for you!

Author Anne-Josée Pineau

Born in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Anne-Josée Pineau loves this region and is delighted to introduce others to it. Never far from the sea, she’s fascinated by lighthouses and could live on seafood alone! On this blog, she likes to write about our regions’ unusual attractions, make your mouth water by describing local delicacies, and pique your interest by revealing some of the hidden beauty found in Québec by the Sea. In other words, she wants to provide you with lots of ideas for an unforgettable vacation!

Post a comment

(0) comment