The scenery on the Gaspé Peninsula becomes ever more spectacular east of Ste Anne des Monts. The North Shore, across the St Lawrence, disappears from view, and the road winds around rocky cliffs, every curve unveiling a stretch of mountains cascading to the sea.
Appearing after a dramatic bend in the road, Mont St Pierre takes its name from a 418m mountain with a cliff that's one of the continent's best spots for hang gliding and paragliding. At the end of July, the 10-day hang-gliding festival Fête du Vol Libre fills the sky with hundreds of sails. Near the eastern end of town and south of Camping Municipal, rough roads climb Mont St Pierre, where there are takeoff stations and excellent views. It takes about an hour to hoof it up the mountain.