Bonaventure is a town of 2,800 people (2011) on the Gaspé Peninsula in Chaleur Bay, Quebec. It is a centre of Acadian culture in Quebec, and hosts a museum about their history.



The town was named after the Italian saint Bonaventure.

  • Tourist Office (on Route 132 near the Musée acadien and on the banks of the Bonaventure River estuary), +1 418-534-4014, . June to the beginning of October. Picnic tables overlooking the barachois (a coastal lagoon separated from the ocean by a sandbar). A computer station with Internet access is available during business hours and wireless access is also available 24 hours a day.



Prior to permanent settlement, the Bonaventure harbour had often been visited by Europeans and was the location of temporary camps and posts for many years before.

After the British began expelling Acadians from the Maritime provinces in 1755, refugees who had avoided the expulsion became the first permanent European settlers of Bonaventure in 1760. Some of these early settlers were present at the Battle of Restigouche in July 1760, where a mixed force of French navy aided by Acadians were defeated by the Royal Navy. Many of today's Bonaventure residents are of Acadian descent.

At the time of settlement, Bonaventure was in French territory, but in 1763, after the Treaty of Paris, all of New France was ceded to Britain, and Bonaventure became part of British colony of the Province of Quebec. Later, some of the lands already settled by the Acadians were granted to anglophones. After decades of petitioning the Quebéc government, some of the Acadian settlers were able to gain title to the lands they occupied. However, even as late as 1891, more than half of the homesteaders in this region had no legal title to the lands they lived on.

Bonaventure was raided by Americans during the War of Independence.

Get in


Bonaventure sits on Baie des Chaleurs near the mouth of the Bonaventure River. The town is on Route 132 between Saint-Siméon and New Carlisle.

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Get around

  • 1 Quebec Acadian Museum (Musée acadien du Québec), 95, Avenue Port-Royal, +1 418-534-4000. Late Jun to early Oct: daily 09:00-17:00; early Oct to early Nov: M-F 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00, Su 13:00-16:30; early to end of Nov: M-F 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00; Dec 1-24: M-Sa 09:00-17:00, Su 12:00-17:00; mid-Jan: Tu-F 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00; late Jan to late Jun: M-F 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00, Sa Su 13:00-16:30. Temporary and permanent exhibitions throughout the year about the on-going history of the Acadians in Quebec. Gift shop. Adult $13, seniors (65 and up) $11, student $9, family $34, children (under 5) free.  
  • 2 Bioparc de la Gaspésie, 123, rue des Vieux Ponts, toll-free: +1-866-534-1997. Early Jun to mid-Oct. A wildlife park showcases species that are mainly native to Quebec, about 40 in all. A 1.5-km trail allows you to observe the animals in habitats adapted to their comfort and ensuring good visibility. There are also an insectarium, a small farm, and a pavilion of amphibians and reptiles. Bioparc offers nine cottages for rent near the beach, facing the sea. Adult (15 and over) $24, child (3-14) $14.75, 2 adults and 2 children $68.00, child 2 and under free.  
  • Grotte de St Elzéar (St Elzéar Cave), 184 Route de l'Église, Saint-Elzéar-de-Bonaventure, +1 418-534-3905, toll-free: +1-877-524-7688. Mid-May to mid-Sep: daily 06:00-23:00. The cave is almost 500,000 years old, and is one of Québec's oldest caves. Dress warmly as you'll go down into the cold cave to see the stalactites, stalagmites and moon milk (a mysterious, semi-liquid deposit found in caves). Reservations required.
  • Cime Aventures, 200 Chemin Athanase Arsenault, toll-free: +1-800-790-2463. June to early September. Canoe, kayak, standup paddleboard (SUP), snorkel or go tubing on the Bonaventure river. Aerial course and 2 ziplines. Restaurant, campground, yurts, teepees, and ecolodges.
  • Poissonnerie du Pecheur Inc, 230, Rte 132 est, +1 418-534-2434. Seafood restaurant open in the summer. Certified under the Forchette Bleu programme for sustainable marine resources.
  • Cafe Acadien, 168 Beaubassin, +1 418-534-4276. June to September: daily 07:00-23:00. Quebec and Gaspesian cuisine made with local products in a former fish processing plant. Also has five rooms available with breakfast: single $80, double $90, family room for 4 $155. Breakfast $7-16, mains $17-20.
  • La Chope a Soupe, 124 B avenue Grand-Pre, +1 418-534-0072. M Tu 11:00-15:00, W-F 11:00-20:00. Soups and other comfort foods. Ramen, chili, ratatouille....


  • Pub St-Joseph Bonaventure, 119 Avenue Grand-Pré, +1 418-534-3355. M Tu 16:00-22:00, W-Sa 16:00-23:00. Sports pub with burgers, sandwiches, salads, poutines. Live music or comedy some nights.





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