With a population of over 15,000 and a history that stretches back to the dawn of European colonization in what is now Canada, Gaspé is the largest city and unofficial capital of the region with which it shares its name. As the Gaspé Peninsula's most important service centre and transportation hub, almost every visitor to the region will pass through at one point or another on their travels.
But Gaspé presents something of a conundrum: no one comes to this part of Quebec in search of urban creature comforts, and — especially for tourists who've just been wowed by the majestic scenery while driving into town along the St. Lawrence, or spent a day taking in the touristy atmosphere of Percé down the road — at first glance Gaspé can seem like a workaday, all-business kind of town, a bit lacking in charm.
But that doesn't necessarily mean you should hit the road as soon as you've touched down at Michel Pouliot Airport, stocked up on fuel or provisions, or whatever has brought you to town. Stick around awhile and dig a little deeper, and Gaspé's modest but worthwhile range of attractions might surprise you.
- Orléans Express is the intercity bus line that serves the region. The bus stop is at Motel-Restaurant Adams, 20 rue Adams. Two buses leave from Rimouski at 15:00 every day for Gaspé along Route 132:
- the northern route via Matane arrives at 21:35, and
- the southern route via Percé arrives at 23:09.
- There are connecting buses from Montreal and Quebec City to Rimouski.
- Air Canada from Montréal, Québec City, Mont-Joli
- Via Rail train service from Montreal has been suspended since 2013.
By car because there is no bus around the city; walk in the centre of the town beside the bridge; rent a sailboat to see the huge bay of Gaspé; rent a horse in the park if you like.
- Birthplace of Canada (Berceau du Canada). A reconstructed wharf and five buildings on the shore of the York River where explorer Jacques Cartier planted a cross in 1534 and claimed the land in the name of the King of France. A large granite cross carved for the 400th anniversary of that event now stands at the site.
- Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse in Forillon National Park to the north of Gaspé
- Haldimand Beach
- [formerly dead link]Musée de la Gaspésie, 80 boul. de Gaspé, ☎ . June 1-Oct 31: daily 9AM-7PM; Nov 1-May 31: W-F: 10AM-5PM, Sa Su: 12:30PM-5PM. According to the museum's website, two of its goals are to "[s]pread knowledge and foster an appreciation of the history and heritage of the Gaspé" and "[s]tudy and teach others about the cultural diversity of the Gaspé." Adult: $12.25, Student 18 years and over: $10, Senior 65 years and over: $10, Family 1 adult, 1 child: $15.50, Family 1 adult, 2 children: $20.75, Family 2 adults, 1 child: $25.75, Family 2 adults, 2 children: $30.50, Child 5 and under: free, Child 6 to 17 years: $6, Group (20 people or more): $7/person.
- LM Wind Power Canada Inc., 7, Rue des Cerisiers, ☎ . A factory that makes the windmill blades - tours may be available.
- Golf Fort-Prével
- Place Jacques-Cartier: a three-storey mall that connects the main street in the upper town (top floor) to the wharf (lower level). It has a Provigo grocery store, Uniprix pharmacy, Rossy and Dollarama discount stores, and a few other shops.
- 1 Motel Adams, 20, rue Adams, ☎ . Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 12:00. Hotel in the centre of town. Near post office. Restaurant on premises. Autobus Orleans Express has a ticket agency in the reception counter of Hotel. $86.
|Routes through Gaspé|
|Rimouski ← Percé ←||W E||→ END|
|Rimouski ← Forillon National Park ←||W E||→ Percé → Rimouski|
|Ends at ← Murdochville ←||W E||→ END|