Parc national de la Gaspésie

1981, route du Parc
Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (Quebec) Canada
G4V 2E4
Phone:
+418-763-7494
Fax:
+418-763-9492
Toll free:
+1-800-665-6527
Email:
parc.gaspesie@sepaq.com

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Parc national de la Gaspésie is home to 25 mountains over 1000 metres (3300 feet) high, the only caribou herd south of the St. Lawrence, a large moose population, arctic-alpine flora and spectacular scenery on every side! Come and soak in the splendours of the Chic-Choc and McGerrigle mountains and keep an eye out for wildlife (caribou, white-tailed deer, moose and over 150 species of birds) as well as unique plants (alpine tundra and several rare plant species).

The main mission of the park is to protect a representative sample of the natural environment of the mountains of Gaspésie and the exceptional features of this region.

The park offers a wide variety of lodging options: campsites, huts, cabins and the Gîte du Mont-Albert hotel. It also offers many activities: hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), canoeing and fishing (including salmon fishing), snowshoeing and skiing. The Gîte du Mont-Albert hotel is renowned for fine cuisine featuring regional products.

A vast network of trails will help you discover the park and reach the alpine tundra. Visitors can find out more about the natural environment during discovery activities led by park wardens. Activities for groups are available upon reservation.

A wide range of souvenirs, clothing for adults and children, discovery products for young people and outdoor articles are offered at the Boutique Nature gift shop. All profits are re-invested in the park.


Opening dates

Open year-round. Services vary depending on the time of year; high season is from mid-May to mid-October and from mid-December to mid-April.


Schedule

Varies depending on the activity

Cost

$8.75/adult, free for children (under 18). Rates valid until April 30, 2020

Reservations

Recommended for lodging and for groups

Payment methods

  • Visa  Visa
  • MasterCard  MasterCard
  • American Express  American Express
  • Interac  Interac
  • Cheque  Cheque
  • Cash  Cash
  • Diners Club - carte blanche  Diners Club - carte blanche
  • Travelers Cheque  Travelers Cheque

Activities available

National Parks
This protected territory of 800 sq. km (310 sq. mi.) offers many opportunities for discovery and adventure. Explore 140 km (90 mi.) of trails leading up spectacular peaks. Other outdoor activities: water activities, fishing, snowshoeing, skiing.
Hiking
Hiking is the featured activity in Parc national de la Gaspésie, with beginner to expert trails ranging in duration from 30 minutes to 7 days. Dense forests, barren peaks and signs of wildlife are only some of the attractions that hikers will enjoy.
Wildlife Observation
The mountains of Gaspésie are home to the only caribou herd south of the St. Lawrence. Their presence on Mt. Jacques-Cartier adds to the exoticism of the tundra. Moose are also often spotted in the park.
Interpretation Sites
Begin your visit at the Interpretation and Visitors Centre. Don’t miss the bilingual exhibit, “A Sea of Mountains in the Heart of the Gaspé Peninsula.” During high season, park wardens lead interpretive activities.
Regional Flavours
The Gîte du Mont-Albert hotel is renowned for warm hospitality, fine cuisine and a mountain setting that is unique in Eastern Canada. The restaurant features gourmet regional cuisine that will impress the finest palate. The park’s gift shop offers local products for sale.
Bird Watching
Download lists of species (mammals, birds, etc.; available in French only) from the park’s website (http://bit.ly/2AfoRKo) to learn about the animals that live in this magnificent mountainous territory.
Lake and River Excursions
A wide variety of watercraft can be rented to explore Lake Cascapédia, including stand-up paddleboards (SUP), canoes, kayaks and pedal boats. Canoes are also available at Lac à Pierre. You can also use your own watercraft in some of the park’s lakes.


Services

  • Childrens playground
  • Picnic area
  • No pets allowed
  • Bar
  • Boutique
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Conference/meeting room
  • Free parking
  • Guide services

How to get there

Mont-Albert sector (accessible year-round)

  • Option 1: Take Route 132 to Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, then head south on Route 299 (40 km) until you reach the Discovery and Visitors Centre.
  • Option 2: Take Route 132 to New Richmond, then head north on Route 299 (100 km) until you reach the Discovery and Visitors Centre.

Lac-Cascapédia Registration Centre (not accessible in the winter)

  • Option 1: Take Route 132 to Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, then head south on Route 299 (22 km). Turn onto Route 11 (gravel road) and drive for 10 km.
  • Option 2: Take Route 132 to New Richmond, then head north on Route 299 (116 km). Turn onto Route 11 (gravel road) and drive for 10 km.

Mont-Jacques-Cartier Registration Centre (not accessible in the winter)

  • Option 1: Take Route 132 to Mont-Sainte-Pierre. Turn onto Route 2 (gravel road) and drive for 27 km.
  • Option 2: Take Route 132 to Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, then head south on Route 299 (40 km) until you reach the Discovery and Visitors Centre. Turn onto Route 16 (gravel road) and drive for 42 km.
  • Option 3: Take Route 132 to New Richmond, then head north on Route 299 (100 km) until you reach the Discovery and Visitors Centre. Turn onto Route 16 (gravel road) and drive for 42 km.

Affiliations and distinctions

Affiliations

  • Parcs Québec network (SÉPAQ)
  • Tourisme Gaspésie
  • Québec Hiking Federation (FQM)
  • Camping Québec
  • International Appalachian Trails (SIA-IAT)

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