Our RVing road trip on the coast of the Gaspe Peninsula (or "Gaspesie" as it's called here in Quebec) offers so much! Surprisingly, even a few boondocking opportunities.
From the moment we crossed the bridge to go to the south side of the St Lawrence River at Trois Rivieres and started following Quebec Route 132 east, this trip has been simply amazing!
The homes were small and unpretentious but all were pristine and kept with pride. We don't know the reason or real name for the roof shape on many of the homes so we decided to call it a "ski slope roof". The unique architecture, plus the French language, gave us the sense that we had left Canada and entered a different country.
Although we passed one village after another, the posted speed limit was 90 km/h between villages and rarely dropped below 70 km/h with very few stops so it was feasible to drive this road for hundreds of miles, which we did. The route hugs the coast all the way and, if we had not been tempted to stop so often, it would not have taken us much longer than following Hwy 20, the four-lane expressway. But, after all, these stops are what we're here for.
We knew we wouldn't have time to visit all the National Parks (there are three major ones) on the Gaspe Peninsula. Forillon is the most renowned so we made that our choice. But the weekend was approaching and we had no idea this was a special holiday in Quebec until we stopped at a visitor center about 1/2 hour from the park. We were told the park's campgrounds were all full for the weekend. In fact, we'd be lucky to get a campsite at any campground in the entire area.
We broke down, drove into the first campground we came to, and paid for our first camping of the trip. The campground was quite run-down and dirty and we could hardly believe that, although our site included one service (water), all the taps in the campground were marked "non-potable".Hmmmh...is it any wonder we prefer boondocking?
Somehow, what could have been a real disappointment, turned into a good luck story. But, you'll have to wait for the next installment for that...
Days on the road on this trip: 7
Total camping costs to date: $27
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