In the Centre-du-Québec region, 85 kilometres of countryside and welcoming rest stops beside the St. Lawrence River will entice you to explore, relax, and indulge your passion for good food.
A stop at the Centre d'interprétation de Baie-du-Febvre is a must; here you'll discover Lake St. Pierre's fauna and flora, including its impressive migratory staging area for snow geese.
Continue your travels to the Parc écologique de l'Anse du Port in Nicolet to take a stroll on the wooden walkway on piles that crosses through the woods and marsh on the edge of Lake St. Pierre. Look closely, you're crossing a zone that is inhabited by a wide diversity of wildlife.
Next, your wanderings will take you to the Centre de la Biodiversité du Québec in Bécancour, where you'll learn more about Lake St. Pierre's biodiversity. Garter snakes, turtles, fish, insects, birds of prey, and skunks await you for a visit that will stimulate your senses!
Throughout your journey, produce from the land and sea, and artisanal recipes will entice your taste buds and introduce you to the Centre-du-Québec region's flavours. And, the information markers will enable you to learn more about our region's maritime history.
From the banks of the St. Lawrence in Lotbinière to the edge of the Côte-du-Sud, the Route des Navigateurs leads you to the discovery of the Chaudière-Appalaches region. At the heart of some of the most charming villages, old water mills, manor houses and stately homes bear witness to over three centuries of history.
Along the way, parks, quays and marinas combine to provide a maritime experience rich in heritage and characterized by beautiful and natural landscapes.
Cruise in L'Isle-aux-Grues achipelago, visit of the icebreaker Ernest-Lapointe of the Musée maritime du Québec or observation of hundreds of thousands of snow gooses are part of the activities that deserve a stop on Route 132. From Leclercville to Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, hiking, biking, kayaking and many other activities are waiting for the open-air enthusiasts.
Entering the Bas-Saint-Laurent from La Pocatière in the Kamouraska region, you will go through a string of quiet villages - Route 132 is free of heavy highway traffic - whose Victorian riverfront homes recall the turn-of the-century resort era.
From Rivière-du-Loup, the river widens to 23 kilometres, and is referred to as the "sea". This is the start of the "Route des Phares". You can visit three lighthouses in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. This is also the place for island tours and whale watching cruises.
Stop off in the Trois-Pistoles area to hear some tall tales and encounter the Basque culture. From Saint-Simon to Rimouski, the route runs briefly alongside rocky outcroppings and bars. The river appears through the mountains and the Bic islands, making this one of the most spectacular landscapes in the region. Stop at Parc national du Bic; you'll find a multitude of activities that let you enjoy the natural beauties of this site.
Rimouski, the regional urban centre, faces the river. Stroll along the shore walk or go to the sandy beach at Sainte-Luce, a few kilometres further.