From Matane to Gaspe – Day 34

After having a thankful night of skirting disaster, thanking the Good Lord for protecting us, we left Matane on a 200 mile journey to Gaspe.

Leaving the marina at Matane as we ease out from between the two jetties.

Leaving the marina at Matane as we ease out from between the two jetties.

Looking out at the south shore of the St. Lawrence River as we head east and then south around the Gaspe Peninsula.

Looking out at the south shore of the St. Lawrence River as we head east and then south around the Gaspe Peninsula.

Shoreline with some waves now building.

Shoreline with some waves now building.

Another view of the shoreline as we head toward Gaspe.

Another view of the shoreline as we head toward Gaspe.

Big lighthouse as we approach bay leading to Gaspe.

Big lighthouse as we approach bay leading to Gaspe.

Final point of land before we round it and head up the bay to Gaspe

Final point of land before we round it and head up the bay to Gaspe

The Gaspe Harbor Marina

The Gaspe Harbor Marina

Cari making friends with David, Caroline and their little baby Rafael.

Cari making friends with David, Caroline and their little baby Rafael.

Gaspe Marina

Gaspe Marina

Gaspe Marina

Gaspe Marina

A fun street in Gaspe with many shops to enjoy.

A fun street in Gaspe with many shops to enjoy.


Comments

From Matane to Gaspe – Day 34 — 8 Comments

    • Hi Brian and thanks for the comment and question. The trip is one of those once-in-a-lifetime events that you dream about, then plan carefully for, and then…if you are lucky and blessed…actually do it. The costs for such a trip include the boat itself (if you don’t already own one as we did), followed by the cost of gas and diesel (for the generator). The longer the trip in miles the greater the costs, of course. Next comes the marina costs unless you decide to anchor outside of marinas most or all of the time. For me that would have added an additional level of challenge and difficulty that I decided not to take on this specific trip. We have found that marinas charge from about $1.25 to $2.75 per foot per night. Some then add some more for electricity hook-up but most include it in the base cost. Then you have to eat, whether by shopping at food stores in many of the ports and then cooking on board or by mostly eating out. We are surprised that food costs as much as it does in Canada, quite a bit more than in most of the USA right now. We are mostly cooking on board but we probably are ending up eating a restaurant meal about every day or so.

      Hope you are able to plan and accomplish your own boating trip of your dreams at some point. It’s amazingly wonderful.

      iboats’ Captain,

      Bruno

    • Hi Christopher and thanks for the comment. Yes, we really had a marvelous day yesterday going about 200 miles from Matane to Gaspe. The weather was clear and the waves were not bad so we were able to cruise at 28-29 mph, a very comfortable ride in the Pursuit 345 boat with 3-4+ foot waves. The coast was mile after mile of a low rolling wooded hills with a sprinkling of homes and some open fields for agriculture. There were only a few small marinas, maybe every 40 to 50 miles apart that could have been used in a pinch if the weather had gotten bad and we needed to run for cover. But everything worked perfectly and we are relaxing in Gaspe today, Sunday.

      iboats’ Captain,

      Bruno

  1. Nice pics I’m fishing this weekend in Kingston ont going to gaspe to see family this summer have a great time in the gaspe good night

    • Hi Fred and thanks for the well wishes. Gaspe is a lovely town. What are you fishing for in Kingston? Good luck and catch a big on.

      iboats’ Captain,

      Bruno

  2. DO THEY HAVE U-HAUL FOR BOATS? LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF SHOPS TO SPEND MONEY. GLAD YOU ARE SAFE AND HAVING A GREAT TIME.

    • Hi Pat. About your u-haul question…boy am I glad that u-haul is not in that business! It’s nice when you are on a boat and then go shopping because you know that you really don’t have any room on board to buy anything else. Thanks for the well wishes. We are having a great time!

      iboats’ Captain,

      Bruno

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