For years I’ve been exploring the huge network of gravel roads throughout New Brunswick. Many of those are in the Northern parts of the province and are often quite remote. I’ve also heard great things about terrific gravel roads in the interior of the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec and wanted to ride them.
Using my own research and other routes provided by friends I put together a multi-day ride that would cover some familiar territory as well as lots of places I’ve never been. Due to time constraints, weather and other commitments I had to do the trip in three stages, with a total of 10 days of riding in June and August, 2018.
Over the three trips, with some backtracking to and from my home base, I covered a total of 4,131 km of NB and QC with an estimated 30% or better of it on gravel. Here’s what the whole thing looks like:
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Aug 24, 2018 – Day four
Day four, I took my time packing packing up camp on the last day. It was still cloudy and humid but wasn’t raining and the air was warming up. I tried to let things dry as much as I could and eventually got the bike loaded. I took the back way out of the park again and headed to Cap-Chat again to start the trip home. I was very too hazy and cloudy but at least it’s not raining.
I rode one more trip across the hilariously heaved antique road. I know where all the dips and whoops are now so I made good time.
I stopped now and then for parting photos of the misty mountains.
There’s a spot where there must have been some pretty bad erosion or flooding problems because somebody dropped a bundle here on a new bride and stone improvements all along the river to keep it from washing away again.
I thought such a nice new bridge deserved a photo.
Despite some rainy conditions at times, I’ve really enjoyed riding the gravel in Gaspe.
I have some interesting GPS tracks heading from Cap-Chat on the coast over to Amqui and this photo is taken at the start of the gravel. I’m headed up through there, between those mountains.
I stopped at the ZEC office but as I’m just riding through I didn’t need to pay anything. If I were stopping to fish, camp or hike there’s a fee.
The ZECs are specific, locally and user funded, managed preserves for outdoor activities. I’m not sure if they get any help from the province but if they do I saw no sign of it. We should be doing this in cash-strapped NB.
Even the gentleman fly-fisherman needs to be reminded not to hog the pool.
There’s an observation deck at about 10:00, the next couple of shots are from there.
The water is so clear. The bike is back by the bridge at upper right.
some pretty lucky fish to be living down there in such a nice pool.
There are several fishing spots around a bunch of pools here, right beside the road. I didn’t see any fish at these pools.
I rode across so many of these wooden bridges on this trip I almost stopped noticing them.
Looking downstream from the bridge, the salmon pools are directly behind me.
it was an awesome ride. 88km of gravelly goodness.
Along the way you ride around one side of Lac Bonjour.
They’ve built a fairly impressive stone dam here that created Lac Bonjour.
I think you could camp here if you paid the ZEC fee. There’s a big flat area and pit toilets but no other facilities.
There’s a small dock and boats to use on the lake.
gratuitous “my bike was here” shot.
after an awesome 88km gravel ride through the mountains and a few km of pavement I got to Amqui, QC. I had lunch there then headed for home on the highway – it was dry all the way and a pretty nice ride. It was a great trip overall and I left a few tracks for next time – I’ll definitely be back.