Matane, which means “Beaver Pond”, is a fishing town on the Gaspé peninsula in eastern Quebec, famous for its shrimp and salmon. If you are traveling on Route 132 on your way to the coast, it might just be a good idea to stop for a bite or to buy your fish and munch on it elsewhere.
Every summer around June, Atlantic salmon begin swimming upstream along the Matane River to reach their spawning grounds. The dam in Matane is constructed to allow passage for swimming salmon. There is also an observatory that lets visitors listen to tapes and videos of them struggling upstream. South of the town, you’ll find the Matane Wildlife Reserve just off Route 195. The reserve is a good place to pitch your tent and do some canoeing, fishing, boating, or hiking.
Besides driving along Route 132, you can also get to Matane by taking a ferry service that crosses from Baie-Comeau on the other side of the St. Lawrence River.
Carroll, Donald. Insider’s Guide Canada. Edison: Hunter Publishing, Inc, 1996. ISBN: 1556507100.
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