- National Geographic ranks the Gaspé Peninsula as one of the most beautiful places in the world during the fall season.
- It was the only Canadian spot to make the list.
- Here are some reasons to check out the remote region this year.
If you're looking for a reason this fall to pack up and take a road trip for fall foliage in Quebec, the Gaspé Peninsula should be at the top of your list.
It's a bit of a drive from Montreal (close to 10 hours), but that won't mean much once the scenery of this picturesque area unfolds before you. Just the drive to get there is a nature lover's dream.
Located at the top of the coast in Eastern Québec, Gaspé lays on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River and is an extraordinary marriage of sea, cliffs, mountains, and forests. Home to Forillon and Gaspésie National Parks, this might just be the most beautiful Quebec area to see the fall foliage.
Even National Geographic noted the breathtaking views and included it in its top 10 places to see fall leaves in the world. Between the tree leaves turning bright red "reminiscent of the leaf on Canada’s flag" and the backdrop of the St. Lawrence Gulf, it's truly a must-see destination to visit at least once in your life.
As the only Canadian spot to make the National Geographic list, that is a huge feat, and one we wholeheartedly agree with.
Checking out the fall colours has never been so easy. The Gaspé Peninsula is made for hikers of all levels. But if you want to change things up a bit, check out the autumn colours by boat, bike or even by kayak.
It's not just the foliage that make this Quebec area so exceptional. While it is a year-round playground, fall may be the best time to visit as October is the perfect whale watching month. Over seven different types of whales visit the Gulf during the month and it's an amazing experience to see them.
There is so much to see here; islands, red cliffs, lighthouses, beaches. You definitely won't run out of things to do. The beaches aren't a soft white sand, more rough and pebbled. But that just adds to the overall raw beauty.
A must-see while in Gaspésie is Chaleur Bay, which is considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Protected from the wind by massive red cliffs, the bay has warm waters (though October will be chilly) and its own micro-climate.
Yes, there are beautiful Quebec spots that are closer to Montreal where you can watch the leaves change. But, in our opinion, the Gaspé Peninsula is in a league of her own and worth every minute of the drive.