The town of Cap-Chat is located in Gaspesie Region (La Haute Gaspesie County). It has a population of about 3,000. The western gateway to the RMC of Haute-Gaspesie, Cap-Chat will expose you to its beauty through a tempestuous nature that will please even the most demanding visitors.
From the first moment the Capuchins Bay salted marsh will thrill any amateur ornithologist with the immense array of animal and plant life which find refuge in its waters. It is also from this viewpoint that Le Nordais, the first wind farm in Gaspésie consisting of 76 wind turbines, is most impressive due to the sight of the world's highest vertical axis turbine. Cap-Chat offers many fine attractions, such as the lighthouse and the Rocher Cap-Chat, a famous rock shaped like a sitting cat.
Another tourist attraction features a suspended trail from tree to tree through the park. In Quebec the town of Cap-Chat is synonymous with wind power. Indeed, guests find part of the biggest windmill park in Canada right here with about eighty windmills producing electricity. Note than you will have the best view of the park coming from the west. The Eole, that’s the highest vertical windmill in the world, 110 metres high, is located there.
An interpretation centre has been open near by telling more about these giants. If wildlife, nature and breathtaking scenery interest you the town will charm you. Vacationers can go inland from Cap-Chat to St-Octave-de-l'Avenir, a village closed down in the beginning of the 1972. If offers an incredible view of the Chic-Chocs mountains, with peaks of over 1000 meters.
Tourists can come to Cap-Chat in winter to enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or a ride in a snowmobile. Continuing on the road you will discover a vibrant garden situated on a cape overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River. Shortly after passing a church constructed in a Romanic-style, you will cross the salmon-filled Cap-Chat River, shared by fishermen, and kayak and canoe enthusiasts. Vacationer will discover the back country with an available all-terrain vehicle (ATV) rental, and even kayak near the municipal rest stop situated at the junction of the Cap-Chat and the St. Lawrence Rivers.
It’s also the access to one of the most beautiful sandy beaches of Gaspésie, as well as an eye-popping view of the massive Chic-Chocs Mountains. Furthermore, a nearby outdoor recreational area accommodating a ski centre, a slide and an outdoor ice rink are accessible by the Des Fonds Street. A snowmobile path known as road 5 also crosses the back country.
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