We started our road trip in Canada on the roads of Quebec on May 15, 2019, in the city of Montreal.
On the roads of Quebec: West
The first destination of our road trip was La Mauricie National Park in Quebec. We spent three nights in the area without actually entering the park as the South entry is closed this year. We were still able to enjoy the surroundings for a hike in the Park Récréo Saint Mathieu, a few kilometers from La Mauricie National Park.
Saguenay Fjord and Lake Saint-Jean
We then headed North to go to the Saguenay region. On our way, we stopped near Quebec City to see the Montmorency Falls, which are 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls.
At the Saguenay Fjord, we faced the difficulties of traveling during off-season. The season starts June 15 in most parts of Canada. We had trouble finding open campsites. Also, most of the things we came to see or do in this area were not open yet, or the weather was not appropriate.
We continued on the roads of Quebec to Lake Saint-Jean. We enjoyed a day at the Zoo of Saint-Félicien, a park for the conservation of the boreal region, its fauna and flora.
After going around Lake Saint-Jean, we went to Tadoussac to try to observe whales. The charming little tourist town is not at all suitable for our big vehicle. We had a hard time finding a place to park the RV to go for a walk on the coast.
When we left, we ran out of fuel. This breakdown allowed us to get on Steve’s path. A Quebecer who offered us to park in front of the hostel to spend the night. We were able to share a meal with the volunteers and guests of the hostel. A very pleasant moment as it is rather difficult for us to meet people to chat with when we are on the road.
From Tadoussac, we took a small 10-minute ferry. Then we took a longer one, one hour, to get to the other side of the St. Lawrence river.
On the roads of Quebec: East
On the way to Gaspésie, we stopped in Rimouski for an internet connection and a laundromat. We went to a garage to control our tires which seemed unevenly worn. We had to wait two days to have an appointment in a truck garage to change our two front tires. While waiting, we went for a hike in the Bic Park. We could admire the St. Lawrence river while gaining height at the Champlain peak.
That evening, we slept at Pointe-au-Père, at the foot of a lighthouse and a submarine.
We continued on the roads of Quebec along the Gaspé Peninsula. We wanted to walk in the Gaspésie Park, but the weather was not very good and the roads, some of which were gravel, we covered with snow. Driving in the rain allowed us to observe moose.
Along the coast of Gaspé, we saw whales. Then, we observed many whales during a hike in Forillon Park. In this park, we also saw lots of porcupines and we saw a seal that was eating near the coast.
We continued our route to Percé where we could admire his its famous pierced rock and rest in a campsite.
Just east of Quebec is New Brunswick. As we continued our journey to this province, we experienced our first time change. You’ll find out more in the next article 🙂