Saint Lawrence



In its inaugural season in 2009, eight ships, representing six different cruise lines and a total of 11 port visits dropped anchor at Gaspé. In 2009, port visits accounted for a volume of 11,000 cruise ship passengers and 3,600 crew members. Since then the port has experienced an increase in cruise ship visits and passenger numbers, and in 2015 the destination will be welcoming 30 cruise calls with over 22,388 passengers and 10,064 crew members.

Cruise Season

May to October; main season is in September and October. Link To Port Schedule.

Time In Destination

4 to 12 hours

Average Onshore Spending

$37 per person

Snapshot Of Existing Shore Excursions

  • Best of Gaspe & Forillon National Park tours
  • Discover Perce: Discover on your own, or Perce Bonaventure Island Cruise & Perce Rock
  • Whale watching tours
  • Sea-kayaking tours

Opportunities For Indigenous Experiences

  • Working with the port to offer a traditional welcome highlighting the Micmac culture and therefore enticing the cruise passengers to learn more when they explore on their own
  • Slightly augmenting the experience at the Musée de la Gaspésie and Gespeg Micmac Interpretation Site so it becomes cruise export-ready – a partnership with Parks Canada could be developed here
  • There are opportunities for organizations and entrepreneurs to work with Park Canada on developing other port-of-call products that highlight elements of the local Indigenous culture
  • Selling Indigenous arts and crafts at the welcome cruise pavilion
  • Cultural guided walking tours of Gaspé

Industry partners that can help develop experiences for cruise lines in your region

Parks Canada
Yves Picard – Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat Parcs Canada

Escale Gaspésie
Stéphane Sainte-Croix – Executive Director

Québec Aboriginal Tourism
Eric Duchesneau – Project Officer