A Boulevard to the Future
The Gaspé Tour is one of the best holiday outings on the American continent. The course of this highway has been most agreeably chosen from the scenic as well as other points of view, disclosing a series of panoramas, diversified and picturesque, that cannot fail to delight the discerning traveller.
The Quebec Automobile Club 1935 edition of Motoring in the Province of Quebec
The Perron Boulevard was officially opened in July 1929 by a posse of politicians. Banquets, receptions and political rallies were held in villages around the peninsula between July 20 and July 27. In speeches to the hundreds who assembled in each town and village, politicians vaunted the economic impact of the province’s investment. The celebratory mood is well-captured in newspapers of the period. Journalists recounted the transformational nature of the new highway network and the economic opportunities it delivered to coastal villages.
The new road was baptised Highway No. 6 – Boulevard Perron, in honour of Joseph-Léonide Perron, the enthusiastic minister who brought the highway to life. He had championed the highway and piloted the effort to obtain the funding for its construction in the provincial budget. Boulevard Perron is the name of the road that remains in use in many villages around the peninsula.
Within months of its opening, the Gaspé Peninsula became the province’s premier driving destination. Not simply a driving holiday, the Gaspésie was one better – a tour – a shoreline roadway that offered visitors a circuit without ever having to travel the same road twice. The “Tour de la Gaspésie” and “Gaspé Tour” became a popular aspiration for drivers and their families in search of new destinations and new discoveries.