"When I look at the
pictures, it reminds me that some of the most beautiful places
I've seen have been on your tours. One of my best memories is of
the park in Gaspé:
we rode in together... and then I hiked as the sun
came slowly out.
| The trail with wild-flowers, the colorful steep cliffs
with pounding surf, and the deep blue
sky and water with whales broaching the surface
made for some heady stuff. I think that this park that day had to be
as close to heaven as we can
get on this earth."
- Whitley Vick, United States
The Gaspé is a place of stark
and raw beauty. It has a rich history and a distinctly French and
European feel, yet is only a few days' ride away from the Backroads area. You could go see it by yourself,
but for the money you will never surpass the roads, dining experiences, inns
and history that a week in the Gaspe with Northeastern Motorcycle Tours
will give you."
|"All in all
a grand week of motorcycle touring; a golden combination of superb
roads, fascinating history, wonderful camaraderie and magnificent
accommodations. And, best of all, for us, a tour that we were able to
ride our own machines on. A big plus!
Rathjen, Publisher, Backroads Magazine
Read the new Backroads review
of our Gaspé tour
||"Thanks again for the
best vacation we have ever had. We loved every (beeping)
minute of it."
- Susan & Larry Rogers,
"Thoroughly enjoyed the
tour, excellent scenery, routes, and accommodation (can't
forget the food either!). I definitely want to come
- Miles Spencer, Jersey,
|From the high
summits of the Chic-Choc mountains to the rocky ocean cliffs of
Forillion National Park, the dramatic landscape of the Gaspé
Peninsula (the Gaspésie)
is full of variety and breathtakingly beautiful. Carved by the glaciers, Gaspé
is where the Appalachian mountain range begins.
tour through Gaspé, we'll enjoy scenery unlike any other
in the world. Travelling along the rocky coast, the roads
first twist along the cliffs and then drop to sea level
where the waves crash just a few yards from the pavement.
|There are no interstate highways
in Gaspé. Instead, much of the island located inland of
the coast is wilderness which can be crossed only by
twisting mountain roads. This is the southernmost
location in North America where herds of Caribou still
roam the tundra. The forests and surrounding waters are
rich with wildlife of all kinds, from eagles to moose to
Located in the French - Canadian
region of Québec, the
architecture of Gaspé's traditional villages is simple
and beautiful. Old homes cluster around small harbors and
centuries-old churches face the ocean or sit high up on
|As with all of our tours, the inns
and hotels used for each night's stay represent the best
that each region of Gaspé has to offer. They range from
traditional French inns to grand hotels in the mountains
and resorts along the coastline. In the coastal town of Percé
we will spend two nights at one hotel so that you have
the option of spending the day exploring the town or
taking a boat trip out to the nearby islands and around
the famous Percé rock.
Gourmet dinners with full choice
of the menu are a Northeastern Motorcycle Tours tradition
and the food on this tour is superb. The French, of
course, are famous for their culinary skill and the meals
on this tour will live up to that reputation. Every
dining room and restaurant we've chosen to provide dinner
on this tour were among those jury-selected by Bonnes
tables au Québec as
being the best in the region. One of the restaurants
we'll enjoy for two evenings has been the regional
champion in this competition for the last three years.
||The Gaspé Maritime tour begins and ends in
a small village west of Rimouski in the Canadian
province of Québec. You might choose to come on
your own motorcycle or have it shipped to northern Maine
for an easy day's ride to the tour start location. Rentals of Honda, BMW and Harley- Davidson
motorcycles are also available within a day's ride of the
Of all of our tours, the Gaspé
tour has the shortest overall daily mileages (150 miles average
instead of 200) as well as a triple-night layover in a coastal resort town. This
means that we're often at our evening hotel by 4:00pm and have a little
extra time in the afternoons to explore the surrounding areas.
We recommend reading the Backroads review
of our tour to get a good sense of it's pace and style.
have the option to begin and some Gaspé Maritime tours in Montpelier,
VT. Riders on this extended tour will travel up through the Green
Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire into
Quebec and then on to Rimouski. After the riding in Gaspé is finished,
we will return to Montpelier.
For more Gaspé photos and a tour
evaluation see the Backroads review of our
Gaspé tour which appeared in their September, 2000 issue.
The Tour At A Glance
Day 1: Ride meeting
at 5:30 pm at our tour base near Rimouski, Quebec
Day 2: Ride along St.Lawrence River into Chic-Choc Mountains
Day 3: Ride
through Chic-Choc Mountains and along the southern coast to coastal resort
Day 4: Open
schedule layover day with optional whale watching, island hopping
and/or "The NMT Mini-Alps Loop Ride"
Day 5: Eastern
coastal ride to town of Gaspe and exploration of Forillion national park
Day 6: Northern
coastal ride back into the Chic-Chocs
Day 7: Ride
along St. Lawrence returning to tour base near Rimouski
Day 8: Tour ends
* Note: Loop rides begin and
end at the same hotel, allowing you decide how far and how long you want to ride
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page for dates and pricing.
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