The beauty of the Canadian coastline is legendary, especially in Quebec where it is adorned by the rugged Atlantic shores and the majestic St. Lawrence River.
From the very first explorers, to more recent scientists like Jacques Cousteau, all have been dazzled by the beauty, bio-diversity and colossal size of the St. Lawrence. The river consists of over 1200 kms of waterways dotted with charming villages, rolling hills, picturesque coves and quaint inlets.
On this tour we will enjoy the fresh sea air as we explore the scenic route along the south shore of the St. Lawrence, including the loop around the extraordinary Gaspé Peninsula. At this isolated promontory, which boasts one of the most stunning coastlines in Canada, you can see remnants of a colourful colonial past, as well as rusting shipwrecks and migratory whales. Just like the whales, centuries of visitors including Normans, Bretons, Basques and Portuguese have been attracted to the rich fishing grounds here, while English, Scottish and Irish fugitives settled on the south shore during upheavals back home such as the Great Famine. Small communities of colourful farm buildings and silver spired churches contribute to the striking landscape, not to mention the famous pierced rock in Percé, glacier-patterned cliffs, endless beaches, mountainous, forested hinterlands and the breathtaking Parc Forillon.
Our tour will include the excellent food and specialties of the region. All of our hotels have been carefully selected based on location, and most of our hotels are family-owned, so that we may experience the hospitality and “joie de vivre” that the local inhabitants are known for.