Across Canada – Montréal, QC to Gaspé, QC

It was a little hard to leave Montréal. I had intended to depart a week before I actually did but the pull of the city kept me there. I had made some good friends during my time there and had lots of fun – so in the end I needed to drag myself away in order to continue my journey. I think I could have stayed there for a long time… well probably until it got silly cold.

My time in Montréal continued to be busy and included gay pride parade, an art gallery, a city break camping trip with my friend Carly, an electronic music festival and plenty more partying. It was great to get a little settled after being on the road for so long.

Gay Pride

My first gay pride festival

Camping at Mauricie National Park

Camping at Mauricie National Park

Chihuly at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Chihuly at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

My next stop after Montréal was Mauricie National Park to decompress after being in the city – a few lake swims did the job nicely! Next was Québec City which did not disappoint as the historical heart of Québec. The highlight of the city is the Citadelle which towers over the rest of city. I had a little wander in the evening and was able to get some great night shots of the city.

Quebec City at night

Quebec City at night

Following the Saint Lawrence River East which quickly widens into a huge inlet and I had my first taste of the ocean since leaving the West coast over four months ago. I initially followed the North shore route which was a bit of a disappointment except from the Montmorency Falls just outside of Quebec City. So I then took a ferry across the wide river and continued my drive along the South shore which was much more scenic as the road hugs the water. Stopping for lunch at a picnic area I took my first lung full of ocean air and was treated to some casual whale sightings right from my picnic bench!

You can't take your lawn mower up there!

You can’t take your lawn mower up there!

A taste of the ocean... with whales

A taste of the ocean… whales included

I continued along the coastal road to the Gaspésie and Forillon National Parks for some camping and hiking which was a nice way to set the pace of the East coast part of my trip.

My first East coast sunset

My first East coast sunset


After having Jim accompany me on my trip and then meeting so many great people during my time in Montréal, being by myself in the van again has required a bit of an adjustment. This also feels like the last chapter of my trip so I have been thinking quite a lot about returning home – which is a bit of an odd thought after being away for so long… much longer than I would have ever thought. I am excited to see what the Maritimes has in store for me, but I must admit I am beginning to feel ready to return home.


Hi, call me Joe. I am a traveller, a runner, a beer drinker, a film lover, a web developer, a hiker and not a very good darts player. I am from the UK, have a BSc in Computer Science from Cardiff University and currently live in Canada.

1 Comment

Sam (legendary muppet)

about 7 years ago

Quebec looks very nice, I'm glad your still really enjoying your trip and met lots of "friends"! Can't wait to catch up with you once your back and settled. We both miss you lots.


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