Grand Gaspé Villages

At the northwest entrance to the city of Gaspé, L’Anse-à-Valleau offers magnificent panoramic views of the sea and surrounding cliffs as well as magnificent farmland. It is also where the magnificent Pointe-à-la-Renommée lighthouse towers over an enchanting historic site. The village offers a vast range of attractions such as a wharf, library, ice rink, Boulay Lake and Jalbert Falls..

Pointe-Jaune is probably one of the smallest sections of the Gaspé territory in terms of area. Saint-Maurice-de-l’Echouerie, the neighboring village, features a unique colourful architecture. Its church, painted in faultless white tones, contrasts with the deep blue of the sea and the green of the abundant forest cover surrounding the neighborhood. The area is also the home of Saint Paul Elementary School.

Located near the centre of Rivière-au-Renard, Petit-Cap and Petite-Rivière-au-Renard offer unforgettable panoramic views of the rocky headlands, cliffs and the sea from every street. A must see: the spectacular bird’s eye view from many of the village’s vintage points going down the coast on the Boulevard de Petit-Cap (Route 132) to L’Anse-à-Valleau.

  • Distance from downtown Gaspé: 25-30 minutes
  • Average price of home (2019): $147,100

Rivière-au-Renard is the second-largest sector of Gaspé and the fishing capital of Quebec. Its fishing port has a great influence on the region, from an economic, social and cultural point of view. Several heritage buildings such as the Moulin des Plourde, the Robin store and stage and the Hyman warehouse testify to the community’s long fishing history.

Rivière-au-Renard also offers magnificent landscapes thanks to the extension of Forillon National Park’s mountain range. As Gaspé’s second urban centre, it has many infrastructures and services, including Aux Quatre-Vents Elementary School, Antoine-Roy High School, Envol Center (a service canter of Centre de formation de La Côte-de-Gaspé), an arena, a CLSC, wharf, libraries, tennis courts, playgrounds and an equestrian centre.

Like Rivière-au-Renard and L’Anse-à-Brillant, L’Anse-au-Griffon is one of the last fishing wharfs in the city of Gaspé. Located near Forillon National Park, this village stands out from other areas by its decor that blends sea and sky landscapes. Visitors by road can enjoy landscapes overlooking the sea at many locations. Rang Saint-Patrice offers amazing views of Forillon National Park and Gaspé Bay.

The village has a fishing harbour, a wharf, a refrigeration plant as well as an interpretation centre, a tea room and a boutique at Manoir Le Boutillier, a unique fishing heritage building. Several other infrastructure and services make up the dynamic core of the community, including the Saint-Joseph-Alban elementary school, a library, Le Griffon Cultural Center and a sports chalet. In addition, hiking and cross-country skiing trails of L’Anse-au-Griffon lead to the renowned Forillon National Park.

As the northern entrance to Forillon National Park, Cap-des-Rosiers is aptly named, reflecting of its lush flower-filled meadows, including rosebushes. This is where you’ll also find the Cape Bon-Ami path, which provides an exceptional panoramic view. The village’s well-preserved and coloured architectural has many diverse buildings, in particular the vernacular Gaspésian style in a mix of neogothic, neoclassical, Canadian, neocolonial, modern and “boom town” influence. The village also exhibits some well-preserved examples of its agricultural past, thanks to the many farm buildings remaining in Forillon National Park.

From any location, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the sea, the mountain or both. In addition to the park, the splendid lighthouse of Cap-des-Rosiers, the church and Jesey Cove are among the area’s main attractions. The village also has a playground, an ice rink and a physical fitness centre in the neighborhood’s sports chalet.

Making up the southern entrance to Forillon National Park, Rosebridge and Cap-aux-Os stand out for their continuous panoramic visual access to Gaspé Bay and the Park’s Mountains. Furthermore, Florillon’s period houses, against a backdrop of mountains, give a picturesque look to the whole. The area also has two beaches, Penouille and Cap-aux-Os. Municipal services include playgrounds, an ice rink and a library.

  • Distance from downtown Gaspé: 10-15 minutes
  • Average price of home (2019): $144,700 to $155,600

For those who wish to enjoy incredible views of Navarre Point, the Dartmouth River and the Barachois River, Saint-Majorique village has a core of services consisting of a church, Auberge Le Mont-Calme, a library and Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur school. There is also a recreation centre, a playground, a library and an ice rink. Those who wish to venture upland will discover the village of Corte-Real which, like Saint-Majorique, which is an area of Gaspé not known to many visitors.

Corte-Real offers magnificent views of the valley and surrounding villages made up of spread out vintage wooden houses. The sector has yet to unleash its full potential. In Pointe-Navarre, you’ll find the Micmac Nation of Gespeg Interpretation Site located on the ancestral territory of this First Nation, as well as the Mont Pesaq off-piste ski centre.

  • Distance from downtown Gaspé: 5-10 minutes
  • Average price of home (2019): $201,500 without aqueduct or $211,400 with aqueduct

As a transitional sector, Wakeham connects Murdochville to downtown Gaspe. Montée Wakeham is the village’s main road. It is also the home of an English-speaking community. The landscape is characterized by abundant plant cover and the emerald waters of the York River, world-famous for its salmon fishing. Wakeham’s facilities include the Valka housing estate and Mont Béchervaise ski centre, as well as various playgrounds and an outdoor ice rink.

  • Average price of home (2019): $217,250

With its steep terrain, downtown Gaspé offers a magnificent view of Gaspé Bay and York River, as well as the surrounding mountains, including those of Forillon National Park. Many services and sports, recreation and outdoor facilities are available for visitors, including a sports pavilion, a bike path, an arena and a marina.

De la Reine Street, its main thoroughfare, has several shops and restaurants. In August of every year, it hosts the much-awaited Festival Musique du Bout du Monde. In terms of culture and history, the downtown area also includes the Gaspé Show Hall, Gaspé historic site, Cradle of Canada and the Musée de la Gaspésie.

As for education, Gaspé’s downtown area has several schools: Saint-Rosaire and Découverte elementary school, C.-E.-Pouliot secondary school, La Côte-de-Gaspé training centre and the head office of Cégep de la Gaspésie and Îles. University courses are also offered by the University of Quebec in Rimouski.

  • Distance from downtown Gaspé: 5-10 minutes
  • Average price of home (2019): $199,150

With their magnificent sandy Haldimand and Boom Defense beaches, the villages of Haldimand and Sandy-Beach are home to swimming and sailing fans in summer. The beach and the barachois are Haldimand’s main attractions. The area also offers magnificent views of the mountains (towards Douglastown), the bay, the barachois and Forillon National Park.

In terms of infrastructure, Haldimand includes Gaspé Michel-Pouliot Airport and the Domaine de l’aéroport housing project. For its part, Sandy-Beach offers beautiful views of the barachois, the city centre and the Park. The sector also has an industrial park with a deep-water port, low-rent housing (HLM) and a bike path.

  • Distance from downtown Gaspé: 5-10 minutes
  • Average price of home (2019): $183,000 without aqueduct or $ 208,400 with aqueduct

As a transitional zone, York offers impressive views of the mountains (towards Douglastown) and the opposite bank of the York River. It includes the Gaspé Hospital and the head office Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Gaspésie. This area, which is also the home of an anglophone community, also has an ice rink.

York South is experiencing a construction boom, and York East is famous for its sunsets, views of Gaspé, as well as wooded and steep terrain. Not shown on any official tourist routes, the Sunny Bank area attracts fewer visitors. Rugged, wooded and not as steep, it offers views of the mountains on the other shore and interesting architecture, reflecting the Anglophone heritage.

  • Distance from downtown Gaspé: 15 minutes
  • Average prices of home (2019): $172,350

Gateway to Gaspé’s southern area, Douglastown has been a place of choice for many young families over the years. Today, the village still boasts a strong Anglophone community thanks to its Irish and loyalist heritage. Furthermore, its urban heritage and architectural styles allow it to stand out from other areas.

At the heart of the village, visitors can enjoy the magnificent view of the bay’s mouth and the barachois, surrounded by a densely wooded area. Furthermore, Douglastown is the home of numerous agricultural businesses, a beautiful beach and a dynamic community centre. Furthermore, golf players can unwind at the excellent Fort-Prével Golf Club in Saint-Georges-de-Malbaie, located on the edge of the cities of Gaspé and Percé.