A historic city with a vibrant downtown offering seafood and spectacular natural diversions.
Matane offers much to visitors, namely its status as the gateway to the many national parks and camping spots on the Gaspé Peninsula. Dig into some cold-water prawns (for which Matane is famous); walk the indie boutiques, artisan stores, and coffeeshops downtown; then wander the waterfront's marinas, lighthouse, and boardwalks. On the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, Matane is a great first stop on any Gaspé Peninsula road trip, with plenty of places to camp along the way.
Home to Québec's highest peaks, the Appalachian mountains carved into this park create a natural playland of waterways and valleys for adventurers. Gaspésie National Park is one of Québec's best destinations for backcountry campers thanks to the possibility of spotting roaming moose and caribou (as well as a plethora of other flora and fauna) while hiking or kayaking through the wild nature. Serene frontcountry camping and yurts are also available, putting campers close to amazing inland fishing and plenty of nature activities provided by Parks Canada staff.
With more moose per square kilometre than any other place in Quebec, Matane Wildlife Reserve gives campers an very good chance of spotting at least one—especially if joining one of the guided tours on offer, which sometimes also involve observing black bears in their nature habitat. The reserve offers cabins and campsites within close distance to superb fishing, hiking, and kayaking.
Just outside of Matane, this ski hill is known for its abundant powder, fantastic snowboarding park, and nine kilometres of slopes with a peak elevation of 385 metres. In winter, choose from 19 runs, or take it easy with tobogganing or sledding.
Matane is a year-round destination with some seasonal amenities. If touring the region and looking to take advantage of major attractions, cafes, and restaurants, pretty much everything is open from June to October. Winter in this area is amazing though, with skiing, snowmobiling, dogsledding, and many more fun snow activities on offer—plus winter camping in Gaspésie National Park and beyond.