Gaspé Tides: What to Know When Travelling to Gaspésie

Tides are one of the world’s most remarkable natural phenomena, attracting visitors from all over the world. Tides are a result of the unique geography and topography of an area, making it a complex and fascinating system to observe and experience. When travelling to Gaspésie, you’ll most likely visit Gaspé and therefore have to figure out the various Gaspé tides.

How Do the Gaspé Tides Work?

The Gaspé tides are formed by a combination of factors, such as the gravitational pull of the moon and the rotation of the Earth.

The tides in this region can range from 1-3 metres in height, creating a stark contrast between low and high tide. The high tides, which occur twice a day, bring a surge of seawater into the bay, creating a powerful and mesmerizing sight. Visitors can witness this spectacle from the many viewing points along the coast or even take a boat tour to see the tides up close.

The Gaspé tides have a significant impact on the lives of both visitors and residents in the area. For residents, the tides are essential to their way of life as they rely on the bay for fishing and harvesting seafood. The tide schedule also dictates the day-to-day activities of the area, such as when boats can leave or enter the bay and when seafood can be harvested.

Visitors are also affected by the tides, as they can make for challenging and exciting activities, such as kayaking and windsurfing. Many tourists also come to the Gaspé Peninsula specifically to witness the tides and experience the unique natural sights.

The tides also offer an excellent opportunity for wildlife spotting, as many species of birds and marine life can be seen during the high tide.

Gaspésie scenery - Etienne Delorieux - Unsplash

Schedule of Gaspé Tides

Tides happen twice a day. Here is an example of what a week looks like. You can research tides for your trip using this reliable tide checker.

Low Tide

Apr 20 6:41 am          0.2 m   7:19 pm          0.1 m  

Apr 21 7:31 am          0.1 m   7:47 pm          0.1 m  

Apr 22 8:18 am          0.0 m   8:13 pm          0.1 m  

Apr 23 9:03 am          -0.0 m  8:38 pm          0.1 m  

Apr 24 9:44 am          -0.1m   9:04 pm          0.1 m  

Apr 25 10:26 am        -0.1 m  9:29 pm          0.1 m  

Apr 26 11:08 am        -0.1 m  9:53 pm          0.2 m  

Apr 27 11:49 am        -0.0 m  10:19 pm        0.2 m  

High Tide

Apr 20 12:30 am        0.7 m   12:45 pm        0.9 m

Apr 21 1:06 am          0.8 m   1:30 pm          0.9m

Apr 22 1:41 am          0.9 m   2:11 pm          0.8m

Apr 23 2:15 am          1.0 m   2:49 pm          0.8m

Apr 24 2:48 am          1.1 m   3:26 pm          0.7m

Apr 25 3:20 am          1.2 m   3:59 pm          0.6m

Apr 26 3:53 am          1.2 m   4:32 pm          0.6m

Apr 27 4:29 am          1.2 m   5:04 pm          0.5m

Trees on cliffs of Gaspe Tides - Jeffrey Eisen - Unsplash
Photo: Jeffrey Eisen – Unsplash

Local Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Trip

To fully appreciate and experience the Gaspé tides, I encourage visitors to consider the following.

1. Plan Your Visit Around the Tides – The best time to see the Gaspé Tides is during high tide, which typically occurs within 2 hours of the moon’s highest point in the sky. It is important to check the tide schedule before your visit to ensure you don’t miss both sides of this natural wonder.

2. Choose the Right Location – The most popular spot to see the Gaspé Tides is at the Percé Rock, a massive natural arch only accessible during low tide. However, other locations and hiking trails along the Gaspé Bay offer equally stunning views, such as Bonaventure Island and Forillon National Park. Locals often recommend exploring different viewpoints to get a different perspective on the tides.

3. Take a Boat Tour – For a more up-close experience, consider taking a boat tour during high tide. This will allow you to witness the tides from a different vantage point and learn more about the area’s history and geology from knowledgeable guides.

Stay Safe

Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe when visiting Gaspé:

  • Check the tide schedule before visiting and plan accordingly
  • Be aware of the changing tide conditions and always stay alert
  • Stay on designated pathways and do not venture onto the tidal flats
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for walking on uneven surfaces
  • Do not swim or wade in the tide, as strong currents and shifting sands can be dangerous
  • Keep a safe distance from cliffs
  • Do not climb on or touch any wildlife, especially birds nesting on the cliffs
  • Respect all posted signs and warnings

Overall, the best way to experience the Gaspé tides is to plan ahead and choose the right locations. By following these tips, you can witness this natural wonder in all its glory and gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty and power of the tides.

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About Author

Passionate about travel and food, Jennifer Doré Dallas is a freelance travel writer, author and creator since 2010. On top of this amazing Chasing Poutine blog, she also founded Moi, mes souliers in 2010 and she is the author/co-author of around two dozen Lonely Planet, Ulysse and Parfum d'encre travel guidebooks, in addition to having contributed to other books and hundreds of tourism and Web platforms, magazines, DMOs and Websites over the years. As a lecturer in Web writing and SEO for a Quebec college and consultant for various companies and DMOs, she loves combining technological advances with the classic beauty of words, and is a member of TMAC, SATW, NATJA and IFTWTA!

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