10 places to visit in New Brunswick and Gaspésie

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Last year my friends and I did the classic roadtrip of a tourist in Canada: Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Tadoussac. But Canada is also about nature, wilderness and wide-open spaces. And when you go to cities you do not necessarily see this aspect there. This is why some people, who do the classic trip in Canada, are disappointed not to discover more of that side. Since I moved to Quebec City, many people told me about beautiful areas in Canada: Gaspésie, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or the Magdalen Island, to give you some examples. The more I was listening to their stories, the more I wanted to discover these places. It was only a matter of time before I decided to go there.
This summer friends from Paris had planned to come to see me in Quebec City. Nothing was really planned but we would certainly have been to Toronto, Montreal and New York.
Unfortunately their trip had to be canceled because of a broken leg. My holidays were already planned in that period, so I had to find a solution. To go or not to go somewhere on vacations? That was the question.
On further consideration, it has been quite a while since I have taken some vacations, so I told myself that a little break would not do me any harm. So I decided to keep my initial vacation dates. Now I just had to find a destination. The Caribbean, the United States or Canada? That’s when I thought about all those people who had told me about all these beautiful places to discover in Canada, and that the best time to do that was during the summer. My choice was made, I will go to the east of Quebec, to New Brunswick and Gaspésie!
Aware that my friends of Quebec City were not on vacation at the same time as me, it is for that reason that I tried to find travel mates on social networks or by talking about it around me. It seemed so complicated to me: date issues, budget etc. Sometimes some people seemed motivated at first and ended up not answering me. Finally I decided to go alone for adventure, a first for me. Maybe it is a blessing in disguise.
Today I wanted to share with you, in 10 steps, my 8-day roadtrip in New Brunswick and Gaspésie, two beautiful regions of Canada.

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Shrimp and scallop pasta

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During my holidays I have travelled miles. Every day it was several hundred behind the wheel, plus a dozen during my hikes or excursions. Under these conditions to eat well became more complicated, and the evening fatigue took precedence over hunger. But strangely since I got back from vacation I only think about eating. Have all those hours of walking improved my appetite?
Today I had a craving for pasta, so you are going to Italy!

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Chocolats Favoris

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Chocolats favoris, it is more than 20 chocolate shops, spread everywhere throughout Quebec. Now the chocolate maker can even be found in Montreal, since the opening last month of a shop in Quartier des spectacles district. In addition to chocolates, the place offers 12 chocolate fondue flavors to coat your ice cream.

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The fever of Festival d’été de Québec

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Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) is the musical event of the year in Quebec City, one of the biggest in Canada. When I arrived in the city, everyone I met told me about it, each time with great enthusiasm. “You’ll see, the festival is fun!”, people told me incessantly. Others, however, were more nostalgic, and were remembering about the festival when the festival was free or almost, and looked somewhat like a village feast. It must be said that the festival has changed a lot since its founding in 1968. Since its creation the festival has grown over the years with more and more artists. More renowned also. Today there are hundreds of artists performing on ten stages.

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Tora-Ya Ramen

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Located in Saint-Roch district, the Tora-Ya Ramen restaurant, formerly known as Hosakaya Ramen, has recently been renamed as Tora-Ya Ramen. This change allows the restaurant to differentiate itself from its little brother, Hosakaya Sushi, located in Limoilou district.

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Queen pizza

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Today is Mother’s Day, what is more normal than thinking about your mom! This day is celebrated in France the last Sunday of May, while in Canada and in the United States the celebration is held the second Sunday of May. So what is the link with pizza? None. Just wanted to eat one. I also thought that I will feel less stupid when my family will ask me the question: “Is the pizza dough homemade?”.

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