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Old 03-27-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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visiting the Gaspe

My wife and I are going to tour the Gaspe this summer. We have a 2011 subaru forester pulling a 1974 Trillium 4500. We were pretty excited about the trip until a friend informed us that the Gaspe has the tallest peaks in Quebec and our little car/trailer combo wouldn't make it (we don't have trailer brakes. Has anyone made this trip that would be able to give us some insite? Opinions on our rig configuration would be welcome. We are new at this and have little practicle (or theoritical for that matter)knowledge. Thanks

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Old 03-27-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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Grades on Gaspe are at least as steep as they are on the Cabot Trail. The saving grace is; they are not nearly as long so, less chance of overheating the brakes. IMHO Subaru should be able to take it - AFAIK it has better brakes than most NA vehicles of similar size. Scenery, just like on Cape Breton, is breathtaking and well worth the trip!

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Old 03-27-2012, 04:46 PM   #3
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My recollection of the grades are that they are not too severe or too long as long as you travel the coast road Route 132. Route 132 also crosses the base of the penisula.

If you're concerned about grades I would avoid Route 299 the crosses the middle of the penisula.

The Gaspe is a beautiful ride.

By the way drive clockwise if you want to be on the inside.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:02 PM   #4
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I think if you stay out of OD and use the lower gears for asending and desending (engine braking) you should be OK
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:50 PM   #5
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Thank all of you for responding. I feel like an idiot;it took me this long to figure out how to find my thread after I posted it. I am very familiar with the Cabot trail knkowing I'm looking at the same degree of incline/decline is comforting. You people are great.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:58 PM   #6
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Norm, clockwise is a great recommendation. All the beauty; less fear for passengers. Other way around, you're hanging off the edge. Our trailer has brakes, so no recommendations, but we've driven many, many places with steeper climbs, and shorter.
It's a beautiful drive, and we look forward to returning.
I need to look up the name of the campground we stayed in near the south end. So friendly and nice. We watched whales from our campsite, and the owner spoke English as well as French. The further you get from cities and big towns, the less English you'll hear, except in occasional small English enclaves. Not a big deal. Everywhere we went, someone was willing to listen to my horrible French attempts, work with a dictionary, or spoke a little English. We managed, and enjoyed the scenery, the food, and the people we met.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:59 PM   #7
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From what I remember the hilliest and windiest part of 132 is heading east a few miles before Perce - and it wasn't for very long.

We were riding motorcycles then and travelling the hilliest and windiest roads was intentional. Now I'm afraid of flinging the trailer into the bushes around the sharp curves.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:08 PM   #8
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Camping Griffon, just before you get to Forillon National Park (which is beautiful, by the way.) We had planned to camp at Forillon, but were running out of daylight and stopped here instead. Lovely folks manage the campground, clean bathhouses, decent sized spots, and MarieClaire (I think) speaks lovely, perfect English. Exceptional views from the waterside spots. I think there was a playground in the center for kids, too, but I'm not sure.
Camping Griffon - Campground - Gaspé, QC | Facebook Link to their facebook page.
And their website: http://www.campinggriffon.com/directions.aspx
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:29 AM   #9
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Thanks for continued info. My wife is plotting the places and route based on your input. Anyone fish on their trip. We have a trip rule. If Deb is sleeping I can fish.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:55 AM   #10
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2012 vintage camper meet St Martins NB 27 july

Hello vintage/fiberglass camper owners!

Thank you for your patience in waiting to book at Century Farm Family
Campground in St. Martins, New Brunswick, site of our 2012 Maritime
Vintage/Fiberglass Camper Meet. Beginning tomorrow, the campground
owners are ready to take our reservations!

1. The campground office phone number is 1-506-833-2357 / toll free

2. Please advise the campground personnel that you are part of the
"2012 Maritime Meet".

3. Payment will be made directly with Century Farm Family Campground.

3. As advised earlier, we have booked 23 sites at the campground, in
Section A, sites 19 through 43 (#33 and #34 are unavailable however).
You can see the “Map of Park” at the campground’s website
www.centuryfarmcampground.com. As these sites are large, measuring
80’ x 30’, the campground owners have suggested that we put two
trailers on each site, which will effectively result in having 46
sites situated together. These are full-service sites so it will be
first-come first-serve with regard to the single access to water and
sewer hook-up. Electrical hook-up can be shared with the second
trailer booked on the site by utilizing an electrical adapter. If
you want/require water and sewer hook-up, please specify this when
making your reservation. These hook-ups are located on the back half
of each site. If you don't require water and sewer, you should make
your reservation for the front/road half of the site.

4. Because we will be doubling up on the sites, the owners have given
us a discount on the rate: the cost will be $25.00 per night plus HST.
Additional sites are available throughout the campground at full

5. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the campground asks for
at least three days notice of cancellation, otherwise full charges may
be applied.

6. Please email us at bandbohearn@gmail.com to let us know you've made
your reservation! Please provide us with your site number and whether
it's front or back. Thank you!

We'll be in touch again in another few weeks with more details about
the Meet. Please feel free to contact us in the meantime should you
have any questions.

Barb and Bill
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Old 06-10-2012, 05:10 PM   #11
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gasping along the gaspe

first time posting but here goes my wife and i 77 trillium and 2005 montana van mid july 2011 fantastic scenery great food 4days from sugarloaf and back quick trip time constraints only had 9days total from rawdon hills via acadian pennisula and bay of chaleur finishing at murray beach nb some hills pretty tricky they come up quickly van abit under powered on some hills down in no2 occasionally no brakes on trailer no problem just put wife on waterside she lets you know how close to shoulder youare good luck would love to go down spine of gaspe in future

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