Sunday, April 4, 2010;
Air Canada flies from Reagan National to Montreal and Quebec City, with fares starting at $376 round trip. The airline also flies from both cities to the city of Gaspe, the area's main regional hub. Round-trip fares start at about $422 from Montreal and $366 from Quebec City.
WHERE TO STAY
Accommodation in most of the Gaspe region is limited to camping, motels and B&Bs (called "gites" in French-speaking Quebec province).
Motel Fleur de Lys
248 Route 132, Perce, 800-399-5380
In the village center, with stunning views of Perce Rock. May 1 to Oct. 31, rates starting at about $68 a night.
Near Forillon National Park:
B&B Maison Claudette sur Mer
1235 Route 132, Cap-des-Rosiers, 1-418-892-5011
Comfortable seaside rooms in a private home, starting at about $59. The owner, Claudette, speaks only French, but her son Alain Côté, who manages Cap-des-Rosiers' Motel du Haut Phare, knows English.
Motel du Haut Phare
1334 Route 132, Cap-des-Rosiers, 1-866-492-5533
This newly renovated roadside motel in the shadow of Canada's highest lighthouse has basic rooms starting at about $69 a night; about $78 in July and August.
WHERE TO EAT
La Maison du Pecheur
155 Place du Quai, Perce, 1-418- 782-5331
Near the harbor, with views of Perce Rock. Brings a hint of luxury to this informal corner of the world. Entrees start at about $12; daily prix-fixe menus about $18 to $40, with seasonal fish offerings.
99 Route 132, Perce, 1-418-782-2873
Hearty fare at affordable prices. Entrees start at about $9.
1275 Route 132, Cap-des-Rosiers, 1-418-892-5057
One of the few restaurants in town, it has the cozy atmosphere of a private home. Entrees start at about $10.
WHAT TO DO
2172 Boul. Grande-Greve, Cap-aux-Os, 1-418-892-0003
From late May to October, offers a wide array of kayak, canoe and sailboat excursions at sea, as well as in the Gaspe's many rivers, from two-hour tours to six-day expeditions.
Croisieres les traversiers de l'Ile (Island Ferry Cruises)
9 Rue du Quai, Perce, 1-866-782-5526, 1-418-782-5526
Ferries passengers to Bonaventure Island for about $25 (about $7 for children), and can also arrange fishing and whale-watching trips in the Perce region.
Croisieres Baie de Gaspe Whale-Watching Cruises
Forillon National Park, 1-866-617-5500
These whale-watching trips depart daily from the pier on the southern coast of Forillon National Park, at about $54 for adults and $34 for children.
Gaspe tourism board