Cap-Chat is a small Quebec town with less than 3000 people on the Gaspé peninsula; it is not too far from Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. Legend has it that the town got its name from a ferocious cat walking along the shore that ate a number of animals. The “cat fairy” accused the cat of eating her offspring and cursed it by turning the cat eternally into a stone.
The main attraction of Cap-Chat is its surrounding outdoors. Inland of Cap-Chat, you’ll find a wilderness with spectacular views and scenery, as well as the ghost village of Saint-Octave-de-l’Avenir. It is a favorite spot for people who enjoy moose hunting, hiking, jeep off-roading, and horseback riding.
The river streams of Cap-Chat are also great for salmon fishing, and the lakes in the area brim with trout and cod. You can pay some of the locals to take you to the better fishing spots. In the winter, Cap-Chat’s downshill skiing center offers trails for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. Another attraction of Cap-Chat’s is its wind turbines and its wind farm, which harnesses over 75 wind generators and is home to the world’s tallest vertical axis wind turbine standing at 110 meters tall. You can visit the interpretative centre at the wind farm and learn everything you would want to know about wind power.