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5 Days in Gaspé

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Mtl_Biker, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. Mtl_Biker

    Mtl_Biker Long timer

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    Let me know when you plan to go and the route. We might meet up somewhere as I'm always up for a ride, especially to Gaspé.

    When you say north shore, you do mean the north shore of the St Lawrence and not the north shore of the Gaspé Peninsula, right? WHICH ferry? I believe there are at least three, not counting the one across to Tadoussac.


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  2. Piki42

    Piki42 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, the north shore of the st.lawrence to Malbaei, then the ferry to RDL. I'll definitely be in touch when I'm next up there!
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  3. Mtl_Biker

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    "Malbaei"??? Oh, duh, I guess you mean "La Malbaie".

    But the ferry to Rivière-du-Loup (which I guess you mean by RDL) goes from Saint-Siméon. I would suggest that instead of that, you continue quite a bit further as you really haven't seen much of the beauty of the north shore yet. At least continue over the Saguenay River on the (free) ferry to Tadoussac and continue further. Then you'll have the choice of either the ferry from Les Escoumins to Trois Pistoles or the one from Baie-Comeau to Matane. My vote is for the second one if your schedule permits. And the real beauty of the Gaspé Peninsula starts around Matane anyway.

    Only challenge would be figuring out what schedule works for you. And those two ferries can be cancelled in bad weather much more often than the one from Saint-Siméon. I once had tried desperately to get the ferry from Trois Pistoles to Les Escoumins during a storm and got there only to find it was cancelled because of rough seas. No idea when it would resume, so I raced west and caught the one from Rivière-du-Loup to Saint-Siméon, but then had an incredible ride up the 170 to Saguenay and then an even better ride down the 381 to Baie-St-Paul (which is a terrific little community with lots of artists, boutique restaurants, etc.).

    Cheers!


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  4. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Wonderful report and pics. Timing is great. I have never been to the Gaspe or Quebec city. I intend to correct this mistake next spring or fall. I've copied down some of your restaurants and hotels. Would you suggest spring or fall/I'm retired so either works for me.

    Thank you.
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  5. Mtl_Biker

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    Both spring and fall should be good. Mid-summer it gets VERY full in both Quebec City and the Gaspé. But of course in spring and summer you have more chances of encountering wet and/or cold weather. And especially in the Gaspé many restaurants, campgrounds and other attractions are only open during peak tourist season (mid-June to maybe around the end of September).

    Depends really whether you're going with the purpose of riding some terrific roads, or just to do a tourist thing in the area. If you're riding, in peak season the roads are clogged with sight-seeing motorhomes and it's almost impossible to pass them. But you would have more choices of restaurants and hotels (as long as you have reservations).

    Cheers!

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  6. hickery

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    Hi,
    Enjoyed your report......I too like the Gaspie.....ran it for the second time this past June..........just want to put a plug in here to suggest looking up HORIZONS UNLIMITED which is an adventure M/C site.....like minded riders.
    Meetings are held annually around the World.....September in Muskoka On and 1 in Virgina April next. This past Sept a number of Adventure Riders from Quebec attended the Muskoka meet.....google Horizon Unlimited....click on Events.....
    All the Best
    hickeryonthemove
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  7. Mtl_Biker

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    Hi Hickery,

    I'm a member of Horizons Unlimited, but must admit that after joining I've never even visited their web site. I really should, as I've heard only good things about the organization.

    And not to nitpick or anything, but it's either "Gaspé" or the "Gaspéie" (usually said as "...dans la Gaspésie" meaning in the Gaspé region).

    Cheers!



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  8. jfman

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    Your night shots of "Le Vieux Quebec" are really nice.

    I need to learn a few tricks from you it seems :D
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  9. Mtl_Biker

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    Hey JF!!!

    Thanks for the compliment!

    Those night shots are 5 image HDR exposures, blended together. Camera on tripod (of course). And they were taken with a pocket camera!

    Be glad to get together with you for a beer one day!

    Eldor


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  10. Piki42

    Piki42 Been here awhile

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    Sorry - I should've been clearer in my post but was in a rush when I wrote it.

    Yes - you're right with your interpretations of what I was trying to say :p - Malbaei = La Malbaie, RDL = Riviere du loup, and the ferry I was referring to was indeed from Saint-Simeon.

    I like your suggestion of carrying on till Les Escoumins and spending a few days around the north coast, so that's what I'll do. I'm thinking of making this trip sometime in the spring, possibly mid-May. Hopefully that should be a good balance in terms of the weather and traffic
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  11. jfman

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    Is that hard to do for a non-photographer (I have a canon Rebel 2TI)

    Lets go for that beer soon! Make it a far away beer :)
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  12. blacktruck

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    I've only been through small parts of that region many years ago. Your pics and narrative are great. Did you post a map of this trip anywhere? Did I miss it? Great stuff here man. You make me and many other experienced riders proud...
    Stay safe and keep riding...:clap
    Ken
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  13. petravespa

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    Great review! Fantastic pics as usual.

    I must admit, I have been guilty of wimping out at the last minute!

    I have come to realize in life we must plan for the unexpected, never

    more so than when you are on a trip!

    I also realize how important a trip is now, when trying to cope with

    events that are out of your control.

    Many more miles and smiles for your trips!
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  14. Conundrum29

    Conundrum29 Unter den Linden

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    Great post. Stumbled upon it quite unexpectedly while researching highway 299 and the New Richmond area. The Gaspé Peninsula is my first planned ride of 2015, hopefully in late April/early May.

    And as an aside, let me agree...Le Naufrageur always churns out excellent brews.:evil
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  15. tlub

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    I just stumbled across this as well. I think you have just planned my next motorcycle trip. Our son and I rode our airheads (R75/5, R69US) to Quebec City in August of 2013, and my wife and I have been talking about a Canada trip since then (she couldn't join us because of work-she has an R90/6). We live in Madison, WI. The 2013 trip was my first trip to Canada by motorcycle since about 1977 (also on the same R75/5), and I can't understand why I didn't do it sooner. It was really pleasant traveling in Canada, and a bit of a letdown coming back into the US, though I like our fuel prices. I don't think I encountered any a**hole drivers in Canada, but had done so within about 5 miles of re-entering the US. My wife and son both have dual UK-US citizenship (she's a Brit, and her dad was raised in France) so we have traveled a lot there and on the continent, and although Quebec City is very European, we also detect a bit of the European influence everywhere we were in Canada. (For us, this is a definite positive!) Your pictures of Quebec City really brought back memories, and I love the quality. Vive la Canada!
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  16. grubz916

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    excellent RR. Just one question. are motorcycles really not allowed into the old city? Heard various things so maybe you can help clear that up. Did you just park on the sidewalk?

    Im thinking of doing a lap of Gaspe, NB and Nova Scotia in mid October.

    Thanks, Tom
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  17. Mtl_Biker

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    Yes, there is a very small section of Old Quebec where motorcycles are not allowed. But I've never gone there (with a motorcycle). I've always just arrived on rue Saint Paul from the 175 (shows clearly on Google Maps) and parked my bike at the hotel parking lot and walked everywhere. It's very easy to do do. Including walking right up the hill to the Chateau Frontenac (great view). And a tremendous selection of restaurants etc. are all within really easy walking distance. I wouldn't want to be riding a motorcycle there anyway... especially since I wear ATGATT. I like to leave that stuff at the hotel and just explore on foot.

    And parking in the Old Quebec area is tough... best to stay in a nice hotel and leave your motorcycle in their parking lot. And I cannot recommend highly enough the Hotel des Couteillier at 253 rue St-Paul. (888-523-9696)

    When you plan to do the Gaspé in mid-October, be aware that Canadian Thanksgiving is on the 12th. MANY places will be closed (or closing) by then. That includes hotels, campgrounds and restaurants. And you are also liable to encounter rain and cold weather. I had temps below freezing when I did this trip, especially when crossing through the Gaspé on the 299.

    Have fun!
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  18. jfman

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    FWIW we have a few streets in Montreal where motorcycles are not allowed and I ride thru them all the time and see cops almost everytime I go there. I have yet to be pulled over for this. These no motorcycle signs are there to deter huge crowds of pirates that would cruise up and down the tourist area with open pipes and disturb the peace. It would suprize me a bit if they pulled over a quiet adv bike with an out of state plate.
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  19. grubz916

    grubz916 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info guys. I was considering staying at the hostel in old Quebec City for the night as i usually travel alone and i figure tent sites are in short supply within walking distance ;). Ive been in QC before but by car with my wife and found it amazing. Thanks again!
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  20. Mtl_Biker

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    Related to that, JF, is that in Vieux Terrebonne (rue St-Pierre and a few surrounding streets) motorcycles are not allowed. I was with two friends last fall and we wanted to find a place to have a nice meal. We were just parking our bikes when TWO local police cars approached and gave us the third degree. We're lucky we didn't get tickets because they were quite angry that we were there and they ran all of our ID's, etc. They then insisted we find another place to park and they actually escorted us away from that area. We hadn't been aware that motorcycles were not allowed, and indeed the sign prohibiting them was IMPOSSIBLE to see unless you were looking straight on down the street. If you came along the street we did and TURNED DOWN onto the other street, you would not see the sign. IF motorcycles are not allowed somewhere, signs saying that should be very visible from all directions. SIGH

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