Traveling to/from Cap Gaspé

Cap Gaspé Lighthouse

The Eastern Continental Trail going North stops at the lighthouse at the tip of Forillon National Park, at Cap Gaspé. The trail picks back up at Marine Rail Park in Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island. Northbound-hikers must decide whether to finish their hike at Cap Gaspé, or arrange for transportation to Prince Edward Island. Southbound-hikers must decide whether to start their hike at Cap Gaspé or L'anse-aux-Meadows, Newfoundland, in which case transportation is needed from Prince Edward Island to Cap Gaspé. Both plane and bus are options from the town of Gaspé. Gaspé used to be accessible by train, but that service has been suspended since 2013.

Between Cap Gaspé and Gaspé, Québec

The distance between the lighthouse at Cap Gaspé and the town of Gaspé is over 40 kilometers. Régîm's Route 21 runs between Cap-aux-Os and Gaspé at 7AM on weekdays.

By Air

Michel-Pouliot Gaspé Airport is 9 kilometers from the town of Gaspé, which itself is 40 kilometers from the trailhead at Forillon National Park. With flights directly to Montréal and Québec City, it is a convenient option. For those looking to travel between Gaspé and Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island, where the Eastern Continental Trail continues to the North, the closest airport is Charlottetown Airport, but it is still 50 kilometers away.

By Bus

The bus is only really convenient if travelling between Cap Gaspé and Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island, where the Eastern Continental Trail continues North. If simply going between Gaspé and Québec City or Montréal, the bus is not much cheaper than a plane ticket, and the plane is much faster. There is no bus which runs directly from Gaspé to Prince Edward Island, a transfer to a different company is needed at Campbellton, New Brunswick.

Orléans Express sells tickest from Gaspé to Pointe-à-la-Croix, just across the bridge from Campbellton.

Régîm runs buses between town along the coast in Québec, but there is no single bus which covers the entire coast. Tickets are only $4 per trip, so the five buses necessary to get from Cap-aux-Os to Campbellton would be $20. There is Route 21 which runs into Gaspé from Cap-aux-Os, just outside Forillon National Park, at 7AM on weekdays. Getting from Gaspé down to New Brunswick would mean taking Route 22 to Chandler, Route 32 to Paspébiac, Route 40 to Carleton-sur-Mer, and finally Route 44, getting off at Point-à-la-Croix, then walking over the bridge to Campbellton. While the total cost would be cheap, the trip would take multiple days, with an overnight stay required in Chandler.

From Campbellton, Maritime Bus can get to the trailhead on Prince Edward Island, at Borden-Carleton, with two short transfers at Moncton and then Amherst.