Ride into History in Eastern Canada
Celebrate 250th anniversary of Battle of Restigouche
We’ve written recently about taking a motorcycle tour through Quebec Maritime, and in particular the sensational Gaspésie Tour. For you history buffs out there, now might just be the best time yet to hop on your bike and visit the region.
As you wind your way through the Gaspésie Tour, you’ll work your way along the south shore of the Gaspe Peninsula and into the famous Chaleur Bay – a member of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World Club. Chaleur Bay was home to the Battle of Restigouche, which took place 250 years ago this July. This was the last naval battle between France and England for possession of North American lands. The 250th anniversary of this historic battle is being commemorated and honored with a huge celebration from July 4 – 11.
The celebration is centered around the Quebec/New Brunswick border in the communities of Cambellton, New Brunswick, Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec, and Listuguj, Quebec.
According to organizers, visitors to the area will feel as though they have stepped back in time as they stroll through temporary villages, representing the life and cultures of 1760, Acadian, French, Mi'gmaq and Scottish. Additionally, visitors will see tall ships in the bay, schooners and longboats in the estuary with costumed actors providing a theatrical display of the period. Military drills and demonstrations are also planned.
If you’re in the area you can also enjoy water activities, canoe races, a sailboat flotilla, Pirate day and be astonished with a view of the Chaleur Phantom. Outdoor musical concerts, including local musicians, will showcase the different cultures. Horse drawn carriage rides, fur trading, cemetery walks, treasure hunts and many other activities are being offered.
Of course, this region offers a lot more than historical festivals. Motorcyclists will be thrilled with the scenic coastal roads that wind around the Gaspe Peninsula. Ride through the many national parks, including the fossil-rich Miguasha National Park, which is a short ride from where the Restigouche festivities are taking place.
Ride up to the north side of the peninsula and you’re on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. Here you can do a little whale watching or just soak in the crisp sea air as you enjoy some of the most scenic motorcycling you can imagine.
Follow the river west and you’ll eventually make your way to Quebec City. Upon arrival, you might think you’ve crossed the Atlantic as this city has a very European feel. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec are the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in the Americas north of Mexico. The city comes alive in every year with its famous summer festival, so be sure to take in one of the hundreds of shows and street performances. This year’s festival runs from July 8 – 18.