Matane is a town on the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River at the mouth of the Matane River.
Gaspé Peninsula, St Lawrence River
Snowshoeing in Gaspésie National Park
The town is known for its windmills with Quebec's most important windmill park and is also known as the shrimp capital of the world with its summer festival honoring the little crustacean. The Matane River crosses the town and represents an important salmon river for anglers around the world.
If you like walking and history, try the Promenade des Capitaines, a boardwalk along the river offering a view of the city and presenting its maritime history on informative panels. It is also possible to rent bikes or sea kayaks. You must visit the marina and the old lighthouse built in 1906 now transformed into a tourist information office.
Take Hwy 195 along Matane River to Matane's Natural Reserve (40 km south) where you will find Mt. Blanc (945-m altitude), source of the river. Enjoy your favorite activity, fishing, hunting or hiking, in breathtaking scenery. In the short distance between Matane and Saint-Rene-de-Matane, there are three pretty covered bridges.