Province/Territory: Quebec

A Luxury Mountain Playground

  • 100 kilometres of forest roads for biking
  • 4,000 moose
  • 60 square kilometres of mountain playground

Hike and bike amid a sea of mountains, relax in a spa with a view, dine on gourmet Quebec cuisine. Startle grazing caribou on a trek to a hilltop picnic. Feel an adrenalin rush on a winding mountain biking route. Test yourself on a steep climb to a mountain peak. Savour the cool breeze sweeping off a plunging waterfall. Immerse yourself in wilderness surrounding Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge, a luxury resort in the untouched interior of the Gaspé Peninsula. In a region where moose far outnumber people, follow an experienced guide on adventures easy to difficult. Or head out on your own through fir and birch forests or across alpine meadow. Prowl for wildlife and linger in meadows of colourful alpine wildflowers. Wade into a lake for a swim. Curl up with a glass of wine in front of a fireplace as the chef creates a gourmet masterpiece of local Quebec lamb or duck. Slide into a hot tub, slip on a bathrobe and watch the sun set into the forest.

Why you should visit
  • Spotting a moose and her cub munching knee-deep in a pond.
  • Relaxing in front of a log fire meditating on a waterfall outside the picture windows.
  • Meeting a caribou on a mountain biking ride.
  • Hiking to a waterfall.
  • Rabbit stew, fine wine and good company around the dinner table.
  • A hot tub with a mountain view.

Weather

  • Average highs in July and August are 20°C to 23°C. September, when the leaves are turning autumn orange and red, temperatures are cooler, averaging 16°C. Temperatures drop more at night time in mountain areas than at sea level so bring a sweater or jacket. Expect occasional rain showers.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Mountain Stay rates and dates.
  • Pick up last minute necessities in Mont-Joli, a small town with accommodation, grocery stores, banks, a post office, cafes and restaurants.
  • Cap-Chat is a charming seaside village with shops and banks.
When to go
  • Summer season: late June through late September.
  • The lodge is also open in winter, a time of powder bliss when snow lovers can snowshoe, backcountry and cross-country ski from late December through March. Often closed in early January. Check schedule.
Need to know
  • Bring a wind and rain jacket for possible showers. Hiking boots and layered clothing is best as summer days can also become quite hot. A bathing suit is handy for a swim in the lake or a dip at the foot of the waterfall.
  • Free equipment is available during your stay including a two-way radio, hiking poles, thermos, maps, mountain bikes, kayaks.
  • Highly experienced and trained guides are on hand or head off on your own.
Getting Here
  • The Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge is located 55 km south of Cap-Chat in the Matane Wildlife Reserve in Gaspésie. It’s necessary to make your way to the Cap-Chat reception office. From there, transportation is provided to the lodge.
  • Regular flights leave Montréal and Québec City for Mont-Joli Regional Airport (YYY).
  • Cap-Chat is a six-hour drive from Québec City: 478 km. From Montréal it is a 700 km, 8-hour drive. Check road conditions.
  • VIA Rail’s Le Chaleur train serves the Gaspé Peninsula.
  • From Mont-Joli, it is 70 km to Cap-Chat. Take a taxi or rent a car.
  • Riôtel Matane is a 4-star seaside hotel in Cap-Chat.