Quality of life
It will be part of your daily life to enjoy vast landscapes, mountains, beaches, forests and even windmills! Relax while listening to the sound of the waves gently breaking on the shore or take a walk on the beach after a hard day’s work.
You can stay in a waterfront house without paying exorbitant prices like you would in Montreal or Quebec. The median home price in Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine is $ 96 500 for a house (Lactualite). Most municipalities have complete recreational facilities with arenas, swimming pools and gyms (CRÉGÎM).
There are elementary and secondary schools in most Gaspésie cities (Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, 2011). Many schools offer specialized programs such as “sports-studies” and “arts-studies”. It is even possible to obtain a university degree with distance learning courses available with the TELUQ or nearby with the University of Quebec at Rimouski (CRÉGÎM).
Four hospitals serve the territory of Gaspésie with high quality care and modern facilities (CRÉGÎM). Waiting times for operations are reasonable and much lower as opposed to the rest of the province of Quebec (MSSS Québec, 2011). There are medical specialists in almost every specialty in the hospitals.
Outdoor and recreational activities
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine gives you access to a variety of activities and entertainment all year round like: hiking, kayaking and canoeing, sailing, scuba diving, canyoning, water slides, climbing, golf, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, ski touring and snowshoeing.
There are 15 ski and snowshoe resorts spread in almost all villages (Association touristique régionale de la Gaspésie). Gaspésie also has the Centre de ski Pin Rouge which is highest level in eastern Quebec, at 450 meters (La Toile du Québec). This region has many vast nature conservation areas like the Parc national de la Gaspésie which offers a wide range of outdoor activities that can be performed with its mountain landscape and numerous bodies of water (SÉPAQ, 2011) and 8 wildlife reserves (Savard. Danny). With over 30 beaches to choose from watch the sun set or simply take a walk along the beach which are open to the public (Association touristique régionale de la Gaspésie).
Concert halls and theaters are spread all over the Gaspe Peninsula (Association touristique régionale de la Gaspésie). Watch famous Quebec artists such as humorists and singers perform and experience the local culture. Unique festivals, cultural and sporting events take place in the region such as La Grande Traversée de la Gaspésie in cross-country skiing and the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde (Association touristique régionale de la Gaspésie).