Quebec City-Gaspe Peninsula
Many Anglo riders don’t ride in Quebec because they worry about the language barrier, but that’s silly. Even if you can’t speak French, you’ll get along just fine in Quebec, unless a police officer catches you doing something stupid. The province has something to offer everyone — twisty sportbike roads, cruiser-friendly vistas, and some of North America’s most exciting adventure riding.
This route, which starts in Quebec City and heads north, offers opportunity for all those riders. Cruiser riders will like the scenic views of the St. Lawrence River. Adventure riders will like the opportunity to jump off the main roads and hit up the fantastic gravel tracks that criss-cross the Gaspe through the Chic Choc Mountains. Sportbikers will appreciate the chance to enjoy a road at a good pace without watching over their shoulder for the Surete — while some areas on this route are heavily policed, others are basically empty of traffic enforcement. Just watch it around towns, and if you return along the south side of the river, you’ll encounter speed traps.
This route will take you through many small towns, each with their own take on Quebecois culture, There’ll be lots of good food along the way, anything from working-class poutine to expensive seafood. Stop to enjoy the eats, and enjoy the views. And most of all, enjoy the roads.