Between Quebec City and Gaspe and Gaspe and Fredericton
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Apr 24, 2012 4:40 AM Last Post By: Andrewintown
Apr 15, 2012 7:51 AM
I am planning a roundtrip road trip from Montreal for 10 days in early July. The preliminary route has us leaving Montreal and heading to the Gaspe Region and then down through New Brunswick towards Fundy National Park and back through Maine towards Montreal. Is this a reasonable distance to travel in that time period? Obviously, we can't see everything but the main highlights we have chosen right now are:
Gaspe and Forillon National Park
Kouchibouguac National Park
Hopewell Rocks and Fundy National Park
Bay of Fundy coastal drive
Are there any other must see stops: picturesque towns/villages, sites, great drives along the way that could potentially fit into the time period?
I'm also a big fan of seafood along the coast and if there are any particular spots to get great seafood please let me know!
Apr 17, 2012 2:12 PM
1Your proposed itinerary runs to just under 3000 km, before adding in side trips. (Call it 1000 km from Montreal to Forillon, 700 km from Forillon down to Moncton, and about 1000 km if you cut fairly straight across Maine.)
The number of east coast sights you can visit will depend on how quickly you want to drive the long legs to and from Montreal. With two or more drivers in the car, it's possible to cover each leg in a very long day of driving, leaving eight days for a fairly relaxed journey between Gaspe and Fundy.
If you put a couple of days into each of the long east-west drives, then you've still got six days on the coast: two days at each national park (though some of that time is absorbed by driving).
If you're planing to get down to the coast of Maine rather than driving straight across it, then you will need to allow additional time (and kilometers) for that.
Whether this is 'reasonable' or not will depend on how you like to travel.
Apr 21, 2012 7:42 AM
2that is a lot of driving, but a lot of it is good scenery.
why kouchibouguac? it is lovely and the water is good swimming (unlike fundy) but it isn't as impressive as fundy. another thought might be to drop one or the other--straight from gaspe to f'ton and then fundy, or gaspe to kouchi and then stay on teh north shore, going all acadian.
the drive through maine, to my memory, was pretty boring.
i really want to go to the gaspe.
Apr 24, 2012 4:40 AM
3Forillon is pretty sweet. Also Perce, for the rock and the touristy seafood places.
Don't forget to visit Eole and hear the sad story of the vertical wind turbine that nobody wanted - just outside Cap Chat on the north side of the Gaspe.
Parc National de la Gaspesie, pretty much in the centre of the Gaspe Peninsula, is worth a stop for some short or longer hikes, and mooses. Bit of a detour if you are sticking to the coast road around the edge of the peninsula, but a great way to get deep into some of the natural terrain that you don't see on the coastal parts.
Ooh, and if it's the right season go whale-watching, e.g. from Riviere du Loup.
Miguasha National Park is cool for a quick stop if you want to see some prehistory.
Kouchibouguac is OK, beautiful beach but not too spectacular otherwise.
Apologies for the lack of e' accents!
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