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Port of Gaspé Cruise Tips

Port of Gaspé is a city of 15,000 people in the Quebec province. It’s about 400 miles northeast of the city of Quebec.

The port sits on the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, which pushes out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is known as the birthplace of French Canada because French navigator Jacques Cartier landed here in 1534 and claimed the region for France.

The area is known for wildlife, pretty villages, pebble beaches, parks and rugged coastlines.

Port of Gaspé is one of the quieter stops on a New England and Canada cruise. Major attractions include Forillon National Park, the arching Percé Rock, the Barachois de Malbaie sandbar and Bonaventure Island.

Cruise visitors may find themselves taking a tender from their ships to the dock. The dock has a welcome center with maps and tips on what to see and do.

Only a handful of shore excursions exist because of the lack of excursion operators and the small size of the city. Even though the Port of Gaspé “city” has 15,000 people, the city boundaries cover more than 400 square miles.

So cruise visitors are largely on their own except for a handful of options. If they don’t take an excursion bus, transportation choices include train, ferry and rental cars.

Other than walking around, the closest major attraction is Forillon National Park across the inlet from the cruise docks. Percé Rock National Park is about 60 miles from the port.

Forillon National Park is available as a shore excursion. Whale watching is another.

Cruise Weather

Weather at the Port of Gaspé is similar to other Canadian cruise ports along the coast. It’s jacket and long pants kind of weather during the fall months.

The average high temperature during the peak cruise month of September is 64 degrees Fahrenheit or 18 Celsius, according to historical records from the Gaspé airport.

Daytime temperatures hover in the low 70s Fahrenheit or low 20s Celsius during the summer months. They take a big drop into the low 50s Fahrenheit or about 11 Celsius by October.

Rain is moderate most months with an average of three to four inches and climbs to more than four inches in October.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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