From Madeleine river to Forillon National Park 122,6 km
Between the sea and the mountains, the trail unrolls its ribbon of landscapes and surprises. Impossible to describe all; the fauna, the flora and the geomorphology are too rich and diversified there. By traversing the IAT, you discover how the Gaspesiens lives and how they arrange their territory: forest roads, floors of cut, rivers where salmon is fished, purveyances proposing various services, cultural places or historical, maple trees and harbour of fishing are only some examples of their achievements.
The trail leads you to visit, of village in village, the gaspesienne coast. Each agglomeration has its small history. Each municipality has a heart, a characteristic. It is up to you to discover them. For example: Madeleine and her singular bell-tower; Grande-Vallée and its covered bridge; Petite-Vallée and its song festival; Saint-Yvon who was attacked by a torpedo; Anse-à-Valleau which lived the exile of the headlight of Pointe-à-la-Renommée. You can also make a turning by Cloridorme and its 15 lakes, Saint-Maurice-of-de l'Échourie and its picturesque port and inform at Rivière-au-renard of the revolt of the fishermen of 1909. In all these villages one finds panels of information to guide you on the IAT and to allow you to plan one day of excursion. You can also leave your car in each one of these villages and leave to discovered the IAT for one or more days.
As everywhere else, on the trail, you can find a shelter , while benefitting the services offered in the villages or, with intervals from 8 to 15 kilometers, on sites of camp-site or refuges arranged by the IAT and rented by the SÉPAQ.
Follow the beacons and the indication of the IAT and traverse Gaspe coast: end of the grounds, the cradle of Canada. Welcome!
PR® Gaspé Coast
Auberge La Petite École de Forillon et Centre communautaire de loisir de Cap-aux-Os
1826, Boulevard Forillon, Gaspé (Québec) G4X 6L4
Courriel : firstname.lastname@example.org
Site internet du CCL et de l'Auberge : www.auberge-ecoleforillon.com
Camping des Appalaches
Taxi central Gaspé
24 Harbour St, Gaspé, Qc, G4X 1H1
Restaurant-Motel L'Étoile du Nord
Food service / Accommodation
1 chemin du Pêcheur, Pointe-à-la-Frégate, Qc, G0E 1G0
Bardeau et Bateau, Gaspé
Bardeau et Bateau (shingle and boat)
A "steam mill", a bardoiserie (shingle mill) and a fishing harbour with its fleet of varied boats. Slip in the heart of the fisheries world and taste the sea. Discover the complexity and the ingenuity of a steam sawmill through authentic interpretation activities.
Bardeau… Moulin des Plourde (shingle... Plourde mill)
Last "steam mill” in the Eastern Québec. Almost 100 years of sawing to relive in the sawmill which has preserved all its equipment. A place where the wood essence fragrances enhance the atmosphere and where you will feel like a kid in a candy store!
Bateau… Interprétation des pêches (boat... fisheries interpretation)
Here, the fishing industry is lived, seen and interpreted on the wharves in contact with the fishermen. Discover the history of fisheries, from the first fish flakes on the beach to biotechnologies. Visit the new building and its handicraft shop!
Schedule: June 22nd to August 29th, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed on Sunday. For groups, reservations are always needed. Average length of Visit: 60 minutes. Admission fees. Family, group and individual rates and packages available.
Centre d’interprétation du cuivre, Murdochville
The Centre d'interprétation du cuivre offers a scientific and captivating exhibit presenting the world of copper through a discovery gallery. Then, put on a miner's suit, with its hat and light, and accompanied by a guide, go down into the real Miller’s gallery. You enjoy unique sensations? Experience total darkness. When you return to the surface, with a guide, you can take a shuttle to the industrial site, and from there, you are invited to discover a windmill that is part of the most important windmill installations in Canada. Keep your eyes wide-open… the panorama is vast and beautiful. Schedule: June 8th to September 26th, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Average length of Visit: 1 hr/activity. Admission fees. Rates for adults, children, seniors and organized groups. Family package available. Warm clothes required.
Village en chanson de Petite-Vallée, Petite-Vallée
Petite-Vallée has vibrated and traveled through song for a long time. The Village en chanson is a vacation camp specialized in song for people ranging from 8 to 88 years old; a Festival en chanson (song festival) dedicated to new artists; and a stage featuring songs and theatre.
At the Café de la Vieille Forge, while savouring a meal, a delicious espresso or a Québec beer in an enchanting site, you get to hear a story on the maritime influence and the evolution of Québec song. Schedule: June 22nd to September 1st, daily from noon to 5 p.m. and on shows days, from noon to midnight. Admission fees for shows in the thatre. Free admission to the Café.
Member of Gaspésie Gourmande
Centre socioculturel Manoir le Boutillier, Gaspé
Designated as a historic monument and as a national historic site of Canada, the manor was constructed around 1850 by John LeBoutillier, a leading cod merchant of the time who was originally from Jersey, one of the Channel Islands. Discover an historic representation (circa 1850-1860) of the John LeBoutillier and Co manager's house. Services offered: guided visits (30 minutes), tearoom, handicraft shop and summer theatre. Schedule: June 15th to October 12th, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m (last visit at 4:30 p.m.). Admission: adults $7; seniors and students $5; families $16; children 11 years old and under free. Reservations recommended for groups.
Member of Gaspésie Gourmande.
Sanctuaire Notre-Dame des Douleurs
Site of worship and pilgrimage since 1940 where you can visit a church and see the works of art it contains, including the main crucifix, a statue of Saint Joseph the Worker (by the sculptor Médard Bourgault) and the eight stations of the Chemin des douleurs de Marie (work of Rose-Anne Mona, French ceramist). The tomb of the founder, Father Jean-Marie Watier, is located in the Chapelle du Souvenir (Memorial Chapel) which is open 24 hours a day. Three small houses for retreat are available through all seasons for solitary contemplation.
In beautifully landscaped exterior gardens, you will find a replica of the Lourdes grotto, a calvary, an outdoor altar, a Carrara marble statue of the archangel Saint Michel and seven bronze stations of the Chemin des douleurs de Marie. Hikers can follow a mountain trail to discover different types of woodlands or have a moment's reflection. Schedule: year-round. End of June to early September, Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and weekends from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Early September to end of June, during the week from 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Average length of Visit: 1 hour. Admission: adults $3; students 12 years old and older: $1. Reservations recommended for groups.