One of Canada’s most populous province, Quebec is famous for its rich culture and an equally vibrant economy. But this province is also endowed in natural beauty which is vividly displayed in Forillon National Park. Here humpbacks breach along the coast as the Appalachians come to a sudden end. As you tour this park, you can expect nothing but jaw dropping vistas and fascinating flora and fauna.
1. Whale-Watching Cruise
The vessel is the Narval III, a 47-seater boat that is fast and comfortable. The destination is the waters of Gaspé Bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence where blue whales, humpbacks and dolphins swim free. The experience is unforgettable!
2. Les Parages
If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands but you’d love to see the best of Forillon National Park then you should spare an hour or two to hike this trail. It will give you a splendid view of Gaspé Bay in addition to leading you to tranquil fields and a number of historical sites.
But, if it is waterfalls you seek, go on the La Chute Trail.
3. Kayaking in Gaspé Bay
The Atlantic is on its best behavior as its bathes the park’s coast. This allows you to peacefully bond with your kayak. But you are not alone out here; seals, dolphins and even whales are also enjoying the water and they may just put on a show for you.
4. Snorkeling with Seals
Speaking of seals, you can get up close and personal with them if you join a Plongée Forillon expedition. These animals are inquisitive and they may decide to investigate you as you investigate them.
5. Excursion- discovery of Gaspé Bay
Join the captain of Gaspé sur mer on a tour of the Gaspé Bay where you will see the park’s landscape from a different perspective. This cruise also includes a lesson in crab and lobster fishing.
6. Fort Peninsula Underground Fortifications
Once you are back on dry land, you should make your way to Fort Peninsula. This heritage site has perfectly preserved underground fortifications that were used during World War II.
7. Kite Surfing
All kite surfers are invited to sample the wind on the Penouille Peninsula beach. This area is quickly gaining popularity with both novice and professional surfers so don’t be left behind, join in the rush.
This popular view point (Cap-Bon-Ami) can be accessed via the Mont-Saint-Alban hiking trail. The path is steep and it takes a couple of hours to complete it but once you get to the viewpoint the unbeatable view of the ocean and spectacular cliffs will make all your efforts worthwhile.
9. Road from L’Anse-aux-Amérindiens to Cap-Gaspé
Bring you bike or rent one and explore this picturesque road. You will ride along Gaspé Bay where you may be able to spot a whale and as you venture into the forest and meadows, look out for black bears and porcupines.
10. Hyman & Sons general store
Discover the building that commemorates the fishing history of Forillion. Find the treasures inside this general store that showcases period fishing goods! Do not forget to see exhibits and videos that details the era gone by.