Gaspe Port in QC, Canada is the entry point of cruise ships visiting the Gaspe Peninsula. Gaspe has unique attractions, activities and cosmopolitan establishments that make a trip to the town worthwhile. Gaspe town is the gateway to the Gaspesie archipelago; it is the starting point for any visitor coming from the cities of Quebec and Montreal. The Gaspesie archipelago is composed of five regions; the Coast, the Valley, Upper Gaspe, Land’s End (where Gaspe and Perce are located), and Bay of Chaleur.
The commercial district in the town of Perce has a wide array of artisan shops, boutiques, and souvenir stalls. Local and artistic crafts are sold in a number of boutiques in Rue de la Reine in the commercial district of Gaspe.
The Les Ateliers du Funambule shopping center offers numerous products that can be made into souvenirs and gifts from bags, jewelry, crafts, visual arts, toys, music, fine stationary, art works, and kites.
Things to See
The Miguasha National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Quebec. It is home to the most comprehensive collection of ancient fish fossils and shows the evolution of fishes. The Anse-Blanchette located in the Forillon National Park is a typical fisherman and farmer’s house during the early nineteenth century. Visitors will understand how a typical family lived during this period by looking at the various artifacts in the house.
The Hyman Store was a typical store in the 1920s. It has been refurbished to show visitors what the typical store of this period was like. There are various exhibits found on each floor that can whet the interest of history buffs.
The Perce Rock is considered as one of the most vital natural attractions in the entire region. It is a 1420 foot long limestone stack that contains a 50 ft arch. Previously, the rock contained 2 arches but one collapsed in 1845. The rock can be enjoyed from many angles because of it unusual shape; during low tide, it is possible for visitors to walk out to the rock
About 2.5 miles off shore from Perce is Bonaventure Island; it is home to many bird species including cormorants, puffins, and murres. There are also a number of interesting trails along the cliffs and beaches which may be of interest to tourists on a Gaspe Port cruise ship.
The southern part of the Valley region of the archipelago is where the scenic Ristigouche River is located. There are also various hiking trails in the area; the village of Matepedia located here and is known for its salmon fishing.
Restaurants and Bars
Restaurant Le Récif in Gaspe has a very homey ambiance aside from serving mouthwatering dishes such as Putanesca, Garden vegetables, shrimps, scallops, smoked salmon, and many more. Fishes such as Cod, Halibut, and Trout are ingredients in the various dishes served here.
The Le Délice Motel Restaurant in Mont-Saint-Pierre serves great Gaspesian cuisine composed mainly of seafood, in addition to having a breathtaking view of the sea.