Bike-Touring Quebec's Coast

The Gaspé Peninsula has rolling coastal mountains, small seaside villages, and 510 miles of bike lanes lined with cyclist-friendly hotels (read: bike storage, on-site mechanics). Best of all, temperatures hover around 70 degrees—perfect for a weeklong tour. (Yves Marcoux/Aurora)

The Gaspé Peninsula has rolling coastal mountains, small seaside villages, and 510 miles of bike lanes lined with cyclist-friendly hotels (read: bike storage, on-site mechanics). Best of all, temperatures hover around 70 degrees—perfect for a weeklong tour.

Day 1: Mont-Joli to Causapscal

Fly with your bike—rentals are scarce—into Mont-Joli from Montreal (from $360 round-trip; aircanada.com), then ride southeast on Route 132 through the forested Mata-pédia and Restigouche River corridors to Causapscal, a quaint town at the convergence of two rivers. Stay at La Coulée Douce (doubles from US$105) on a hill overlooking the pristine rivers. 52 miles.

(les grand espaces via Flickr)


Day 2: Causapscal to Pointe-à-la-Croix

Recover with a descent to Pointe-à-la-Croix, a harbor town at the mouth of the Restigouche. Stay at La Maison Verte B&B (doubles from $77), a renovated fishing lodge. 49 miles.

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Day 3: Pointe-à-la-Croix to Carleton-sur-Mer

Ride the protected Bay of Chaleur before veering onto Route d’Escuminac Flats and Route de Miguasha on your way to Parc National de Miguasha’s 380-million-year-old fish fossils. Catch up with Route 132 at Nouvelle and pedal to Carleton-sur-Mer, then rest at the La Manoir Belle Plage (doubles from $132). 36 miles.

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Day 4: Carleton-sur-Mer to Bonaventure

The headwinds can be relentless off the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but whale sightings soften the blow. Make your way to the mouth of the Bonaventure River and stay at the seaside Riotel Bonaventure (doubles from $126). Save time to hike the 2.5-mile path along the bay. 47 miles.

(Oshan Whale Watch via Flickr)


Day 5: Bonaventure to Port-Daniel

The route flattens out here, so experienced riders may want to book it to Percé, but we suggest a stop in Port-Daniel, a century-old railway port that’s now speckled with fishing boats. Crash at La Conche Saint-Martin, a Scandinavian-style log cabin with breakfast and dinner upon request (doubles from $86). 35 miles.


Day 6: Port-Daniel to Percé

Get an early start to avoid the worst of the headwinds, and stop for lunch at the Grande Rivière lighthouse (mile 34). Then pedal on to Percé and the Fleur de Lys Hotel (doubles from $119), which has prime views of the peninsula’s most famous icon: Percé Rock, a 289-foot-high limestone monolith. Take a 45-minute boat tour to visit a 120,000-strong gannet colony and secluded rocky beaches ($25; arranged through hotel). 50 miles.

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Day 7: Percé to Gaspé

The final leg rolls past limestone cliffs into the artist’s enclave of Gaspé. Check into La Merluche (doubles, $74), a funky downtown hostel, then pick up a lobster at the fish market and cook it on your room’s private grill. The next day, choose between sea kayaking off the coast ($48) or riding into Forillon National Park, which has pebbly beaches, moss-covered waterfalls, and sea cliffs that drop hundreds of feet. To get home, buy a Via Rail ticket back to Mont-Joli ($64 plus $20 oversize-baggage fee). 41 miles.

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