Today was my first day back from a week long vacation in the region of Quebec known as Gaspesie. This region is a penisula between the St. Laurence River and the Bay des Chaleurs which separates it from New Brunswick. Most of the inhabited areas are near the sea as the inland area is a mountain range which is part of the Appalachian Mountains. My mother and her family are from the area. I had the great priviledge of passing through the town of my grandfather’s birth on what would have been his 77th anniversary with my grandmother. I even found the house he was born in!
The main objective of the trip was my husband’s 100 mile race on the International Appalachian trail (which he unfortunately had to DNF). He had run, and won, the 100k race the previous year. We had really enjoyed our brief trip in the region, so this year we turned the trip into a family vacation.
And what a vacation it was:
- Saw the world’s longest (and shortest?) covered bridges
- Toured a Potato Chip factory
- Visted the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site
- Camped on the beach in Bonadventure and were treated to a spectacular sunset.
- Took a boat ride to visit le Rocher Perce (Perce Rock) and to Bonaventure Island
- Visited 100,000 nesting Fou de Bassan (Northern Gannetts) on that Island
- Explored a few geologic sites in the Perce Geopark (including the Grotto and the Top of Mont Sainte Anne)
- Spent a couple days visiting Forillon National Park
- My daughter “became an Aquanaut”
- Thanks to my in-laws coming on the trip my husband and I were able to go on a solo hike to the “end of the world” in Forillon (the tip of Cap Gaspe)
- I rented a SUP board and mostly ended up in the water due to wind and waves
- Rented a quad bike and biked as a family
- I took a solo run to see some waterfalls in Parc National de la Gaspesie
- Stayed in a fancy hotel with an amazing view for a couple days (which we never do)
- Hiked a 4000ft mountain, Mont Jacque Cartier, the tallest in Southern Quebec.
- Took the kids to a local Aquarium/science center called Exploramer
- Played on the beach (and I picked up a lot of sea glass)
- Picked wild strawberries by the side of the road
- Camped (don’t forget the s’mores)
- Played in lots of different parks.
- Watched bonfires on the beach
- Saw the Onandaga Submarine (my husband and daughter went inside)
- Went to the top of the Pointe-au-Pere Lighthouse
- Spent an evening in Old Quebec City
- Visited the Chutes de la Chaudiere park in Levis
I hope to break up some of the experience into several blog posts. But if you want a sneak peak of pictures from our amazing trip please use the hashtag #sometimesgaspesie2017 as I posted on several different instagram accounts (including my newly created sometimesviews).