My friend Greg has been trying to get me to do this trip around the Gaspe Peninsula for a few years now, but the timing just hasn’t been right for me. The last couple years my Summer vacation has been taken up from Backpacking in the Eastern Sierra as you may have seen in my past trip reports. After breaking my leg this past Winter another backpacking trip was out of the question for this Summer. My leg is healing and the Doc says I should be good to go for the upcoming ski season. I thought this was the perfect opportunity for this motorcycle trip to go down, I am so glad I did it. What an amazing adventure.
I was on my 2008 Triumph Bonneville and Greg was riding his 2012 Suzuki V-Strom.
Left work early on a Friday to get a head start and stopped just south of Quebec City.
Here is a map of the entire loop that we did. We ended up driving 1,680 miles total.
We hit a lot of rain the next day as we headed past Quebec City and up toward Parc National du Bic where we finally got ahead of the rain clouds. I quickly took this shot looking back toward the park as the clouds came rolling over the hills.
Our goal was to follow Rte 132 up along the St Lawrence River and around the Peninsula. The next night was spent in the town of Cap-Chat just before the entrance of the Chic-Chocs. I spotted this eagle on top of a boulder while driving along, must have been looking for some nice seafood.
After spending the night in Cap-Chat at the Motel Nanook drying out our gear, we planned to take our time around the Peninsula as we made our way to Forillon National Park. We made some stops along the way since it was only a few hour drive from Cap-Chat. We considered going inland to drive through the Chic-Chocs, but the clouds appeared socked in over the mountains.
Came across this cool red lighthouse in La Martre, just off the road so we decided to check it out.
Looking toward our route.
And back on our way.
All kinds of roadside art work and quirky towns along the way.
The light wasn’t great for pictures, but we stopped to take a look at this awesome hanggliding launch in Mont-St-Pierre. Greg has many flights under his belt and I have been dabbling with Paragliding in recent years, so we thought it was pretty cool. Maybe next time take a flight.
Cape Madeleine Lighthouse
Scenic lunch break at some random river mouth. Look at all the logs on that barge.
We spent the next couple days camping in Forillon National Parc despite the rainy conditions
Late night beers and stone work on the beach.
Packing up and leaving camp in the rain on a motorcycle is not so much fun, but we got through it and had a great tour of the park. I wasn’t going to let a little rain stop me from exploring this amazing place.
Double Crested Cormorant
La Chute eh!
Our next stop was Lands End, the end of the IAT (International Appalachian Trail), but for us about a 5 or 6 mile hike give or take round trip.
Our next stop would be in Perce. We settled at Le Cote Surprise where we dried out for a couple days, explored the area, and took in the sights. The view from the hotel was unreal and the clearing sky was a great relief from the recent showers.
Sunrise from the deck outside hotel room, looking at Bonaventure Island.
After seeing the Indian head we drove down a side road, which led us to a dirt road, which led us to a gravel pit, which brought us to a trail that brought us to the Emerald River.
We couldn’t leave Perce without taking a closer look at Perce Rock and Bonaventure island, so we took an hour boat ride before starting our journey back home.
The Gannet population on the island is unreal and really cool to see in person as the pictures don’t do it justice.
The boat ride was a great way to end our time in Perce and I was very glad that we did it last minute. Well worth the $25.
We decided we would make our way down the rest of the Peninsula then cross over into New Brunswick which was a first for me.
Spent the night right at the border and the next day we drove across Maine and into NH where we spent the last night of our journey at Greg’s Family camp near Berlin NH. With an easy drive back home to Vermont the next day.