This is the story of a road trip on Route 132. We know when we're leaving, but not always when we're coming back. Meanwhile, we let the road take us where it will to discover a maritime history and culture. We effortlessly follow the easily identifiable signs of the Route des Navigateurs which mainly winds along Route 132 for 470 kilometres. You'll travel through the tourism regions of the Centre-du-Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, and Bas- Saint-Laurent, from Baie-du-Febvre to Sainte-Luce. Believe us, you will experience many WOW moments!
Taking the Route des Navigateurs means having your breath taken away by the beauty of the landscapes afforded by the St. Lawrence and its islands. It means finding unbelievable panoramic views and experiencing them differently by bike, motorcycle, or car. It also means having inspiring encounters with locals and tasting local products.
Dear vacationers, enjoy your trip!
The Parc écologique de l'Anse du Port is a marvellous site for observing natural phenomena. Contemplate its changing landscapes that change season-toseason, over the years, and according to the whims of the ice. A wooden boardwalk on stilts meanders through woods and marshes, the home of a rich array of wildlife to the banks of the St. Lawrence River and to the Lac-Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve. The 12-metre lookout tower at the end of the trail provides a breathtaking view of the river !
Located in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, Sainte-Angèle's wharf presents a diverse, exciting, and engaging program. Over the summer, the wharf becomes a stage, and the setting for many major shows and a variety of daily activities. A 50-metre wooden lookout tower onsite is the perfect place to gaze at the beautiful setting. The wharf is also a departure point for the river ferry which travels to and from Trois-Rivières.
Recognized as one of the most beautiful gardens in North America—impressive, don't you think?—the Domaine features more than 2 300 varieties of more than 300 plant species in its 11 gardens. And that's not all! Enjoy strolling through the gardens and the woods, bird-watching, taking photographs, admiring the exhibitions in the beautiful Maison de Pointe Platon, and walking along the St. Lawrence River. Hungry? Savour some of the local products served at the terrace-café or have a picnic in the shade of majestic century-old trees.
Offering the most beautiful panoramic view in Québec, this site is also ideal for enjoying a coffee or an ice cream on Bégin Street. The Parcours des Anses bike path is perfect for cycling, and the many museums and interpretation centres are very informative. Of particular note is the A.C. Davie Shipyard national historic site that will immerse you into the heart of the history of one of Québec's most famous shipyards. On beautiful summer days, the Quai Paquet is a great meeting spot where fountains and food truck fare will delight your senses.
Board one of the Croisières Lachance ferries and view incredible landscapes, awe-inspiring nature, and captivating stories. Picture the life of the immigrants as you take a walking tour or train ride through the village. Imagine the quarantine experience of immigrants along the trail of the Irish and take a moment to reflect at the memorial. Finish your day by strolling along the Mirador trail to view the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago and gaze upon unparalleled natural beauty.
When you arrive, boarding the two historic boats is a must, before entering the museum to tour the exhibitions and the amazing boathouse. Don't forget to stop and look at the extensive collection of ship models. In the summer, take part in family activities on Saturdays or discussions over coffee on Sundays. What could be more perfect than having a picnic near the river and indulging yourself at the Le Cabestan gift shop featuring its Québec-made creations?
In Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, the end of the dock and Parc des Trois Bérets are perfect locations to enjoy the beauty of sunsets. Many festive events are held here. There are ample opportunities to have unforgettable encounters with local artists and artisans, savour the region's flavours in welcoming restaurants, and take the time to inhale the air along the St. Lawrence. The creativity of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli's residents focuses one's attention on the here and now.
A picturesque, very tourist-oriented municipality, known for its outstanding built heritage, not-to-bemissed sunsets, and the quality of its locally raised produce. Explore its various attractions: the beach along the St. Lawrence, cycling and hiking trails, restaurants, accommodations, arts and crafts, art galleries, museums, fish shops, small farms, interpretation sites, etc.
9. QUAI DE RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP (MARINA)
Gaze upon the sunsets as well as the marine mammals. Enjoy a long walk on the wharf to contemplate the scenery. Go on a sailboat trip, visit the islands of the St. Lawrence River with the Société Duvetnor or go whale watching with Croisières AML. Board the Traverse Rivière-du-Loup/Saint-Siméon ferry, on which more than 185 000 passengers travel every year. Nearby: Restaurant and accommodation services, games for children, and tourist attractions.
This 33-km2 park features bays, capes, coves, islands, and mountains. It supports many nesting bird species, as well as land and sea animals. It is also home to a wide array of plants, including many rare species. activities: Hiking, cycling, kayaking, wildlife observation, theatre, activities for children, minibus tours, evening activities, etc. Accommodations: Camp sites, ready-to-camp Huttopia tents, yurts, and cabins.
11. SITE HISTORIQUE MARITIME DE LA POINTE-AU-PÈRE
Empress of Ireland Museum: Discover the story of this passenger ship, including its sinking in 1914, which remains Canada's greatest tragedy at sea. You will be fascinated by the more than 200 artifacts, videos, personal accounts, and multisensory shows. Onondaga submarine: Enjoy an audio-guided tour and learn about the daily lives of the 70 submariners. The Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse: Climb up the 128 steps of one of the highest lighthouses in Canada. Various themes and exhibitions about the lighthouse's history are highlighted.
The Promenade de l'Anse-aux-Coques walkway runs along the beach and is a great place to relax and enjoy the sea breeze. It features a service cabin, a lit walkway, benches, picnic tables, and more than 20 wood sculptures inspired by the sea.>