Month: January 2021

2020 Moving to Gaspesie

2020 Moving to Gaspesie

Here’s my story about moving from Montreal to Gaspésie.

After months of preparation thru job applications, interviews and tests, the project to move out of Montreal crystalized when accepting a job offer in Gaspésie. So my girlfriend and I packed our 6 month-old baby, temporarily sub-rented our Montreal apartment and rented a small house by the Matane River in Gaspésie near the office.

What about work?

Winter Storm After Work
Winter Storm After Work

The job is an occasional 90-day contract in a small city located 600 km from Montreal. This work contract should be completed around March 2021 (UPDATE: it has been renewed for another year until March 2022).

What About Nature?

Winter Sunset Reflecting on Matane River, Quebec.
Winter Sunset Reflecting on Matane River, Quebec.

Fresh air, calmness and abondance of stars at night are the highlights of my observations regarding nature in the region of Matane. Majestic view of the Saint-Laurence River and sensational sunsets have to be mentioned!

Winter Walk in Nature in Matane, Quebec.
Winter Walk in Nature in Matane, Quebec.

Renting a House in Matane

Renting a House in Matane, Quebec.
Renting a House in Matane, Quebec.

After weeks at my girlfriend’s family, we found a small home in a residential neighborhood. It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom and includes all appliances (oven, fridge, dishwasher, washer, drier). At 900$CAD per month.

Volleyball in Matane?

November weather allowed for a few opportunities to go outdoor barefoot in the sand at local sand volleyball courts near ‘Le Parc Des Iles’ in the middle of Matane River. The sand was very good quality and we had a fun doing multiple pepper rallies. For indoor volleyball in December, unfortunately with the COVID limitations, I was only able to see a glimpse of an adult volleyball league Thursday evenings at the local high school before everything closed in the ‘red-zone’.

Ultimate Frisbee in Matane?

Unfortunately with the COVID limitations, I was only able to play once at the Ultimate Matane League (Friday evening adult league) at the local high school before everything closed in the ‘red-zone’.

Swimming in Matane?

As a national swimming record-holder, it was important for me to stay in the water. Fortunately, a 5-lanes, short-course (25m.) indoor chlorine pool remained open with some limitations. So I was able to have some swimming time with both public laps hours and organized masters club.

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