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Fall under the spell of Bas-Saint-Laurent

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From Kamouraska to Sainte-Luce via the Témiscouata area, Bas-Saint-Laurent is a rich blend of coastal, rural and forest scenery. Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, you can enjoy discovering the region’s villages, islands, lighthouses, national parks and marine mammals as well as participate in many outdoor activities including hiking, cycling and sea kayaking. Bas-Saint-Laurent, which is also known as the Lower St. Lawrence, boasts some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. This region islocated on the south shore of the St. Lawrence and is the western gateway to the Gaspésie Tour. Depending on where you are coming from, there are many ways to get here. While Saint-André is considered the mecca of sports climbing in Québec, Rivière-du-Loup offers exciting whale-watching excursions.Sea kayaking is possible almost everywhere along the coast, and several islands in the St. Lawrence are accessible for wildlife observation, visits to lighthouses and overnight stays. In the interior, cyclists and hikers can enjoy several days of their favourite activity in the Petit-Témis Interprovincial Linear Park, which consists of 134 km (83 miles) of gravel trails along an old railroad bed. Cyclists can also explore the many other trails in the region, including the Route Verte, which runs along the St. Lawrence.

Did you know ?

In 1914, two years after the Titanic went down and a few months before the First World War broke out, the Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence off the coast of Rimouski, claiming more than 1,000 victims. The Site historique maritime in Pointe-au-Père tells the story of this tragedy and displays the largest collection of artifacts from the ship.

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__Lodgings__

Auberge du Mange Grenouille

148, rue de-Sainte-Cécile, Rimouski (district Le Bic)  T. 418-736-5656. www.aubergedumangegrenouille.qc.ca

Located at the heart of one of the most beautiful villages of Quebec, the Bic, this old general store has been transformed into a comfy inn, the Auberge du Mange Grenouille will certainly charm you with it’s romantic, theatrical or even operatic decor. It’ll leave you with feelings of wellbeing and mystery at the same time… This inn has won several times the Quebec Tourism Grand Prize for gastronomy, fine cuisine and accomodation.

 

Auberge Mr James

167, rue Fraser, Rivière-du-Loup, G5R 1E2  T. 418 862-9895  www.mrjames.ca

This charming inn offers the comfort of a grand hotel and the ambiance of an English country house.  The four rooms have a private bathroom. The homemade breakfast is included.

Les Cabines du Phare

167, rue Fraser, Rivière-du-Loup, G5R 1E2 T.  418 723-0059  www.cabinesduphare.com

Come enjoy a fresh and exotic adventure on the edge of that majestic so large that can be called « the sea » ! Feel the benefits of sea air, marvel at the changing nature around us and let youself be carried away by the waves.

 

Le Domaine Floravie

100, route Santerre, Rimouski (district Le Bic) T. 418 736-4000 1 855-736-5755 www.domainefloravie.com

Total resourcing in the wilderness is the credo of Domaine Floravie which offers a unique green holiday experience on a peninsula located near the national park of Bic. Domaine Floravie is 2 km of trails along the St. Lawrence River, 4 km of mountain trails and a 43-hectare site. The eco-responsible company offers accommodation in ecological chalets on wheels also called "Tiny House". Seven chalets of different colors have been carefully arranged in a field of flowers and oriented to enjoy the sunset which are among the most beautiful in the world. Built in wood and insulated with hemp wool, all chalets have a fully equipped kitchenette, a compost toilet, a shower and everything needed to accommodate up to 4 people. An unforgettable experience!

Hôtel Gouverneur Rimouski

155, boul. René-Lepage Est Rimouski (Qc), G5L 1P2 T. 1 888 910-1111  www.gouverneur.com/en/hotel/rimouski

Appreciated for its hospitality, Hôtel Gouverneur Rimouski has all the comfort you’re seeking in a quiet setting. The hotel’s service is both distinguished and refined. Located downtown and facing the St. Lawrence River, this first-class hotel has 163 comfortable rooms and suites. It also has six rooms suitable for social gatherings and business meetings. Well-lit by large windows, these practical rooms can welcome up 270 people and parking is free! The Hôtel Gouver-neur Rimouski also has an outdoor pool, high-speed wireless Internet, free parking and several other amenities. In the summertime, the outdoor pool and patio bar are a tempting invitation to get out and bask in the sun.

Hôtel Universel Rivière-du-Loup

311, boul. de l'Hôtel-De-Ville Ouest, Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, Canada, G5R 5S4 T. 418 862-9520  1 800 265-0072  www.hoteluniverselrdl.com

Rivière-du-Loup's Universel Hotel can fulfill your needs, giving you unsurpassed quality services. As our privileged guest, our 220 rooms and suites, some equipped with whirlpools, are at your disposal. We also have a complete convention centre, renowned to be largest in all of Eastern Québec, with 17 multimedia conference rooms accommodating 10 to 1500 people and equipped with all the technological facilities necessary for the success of your conferences and business meetings. With complementary services like restaurants, indoor pool, health centre, outside nordic spa, saunas, etc., the Universel Hotel is the four star hotel where you can find everything under the same roof. Relax by the indoor pool and enjoy the whirlpool, saunas and tanning bed. Full range of spa treatments. 

Hôtel Universel Rivière-du-Loup

311, boul. de l'Hôtel-De-Ville Ouest, Rivière-du-Loup  Québec, Canada, G5R 5S4 T. 418 862-9520  1 800 265-0072  www.hoteluniverselrdl.com 

Rivière-du-Loup's Universel Hotel can fulfill your needs, giving you unsurpassed quality services. As our privileged guest, our 220 rooms and suites, some equipped with whirlpools, are at your disposal. We also have a complete convention centre, renowned to be largest in all of Eastern Québec, with 17 multimedia conference rooms accommodating 10 to 1500 people and equipped with all the technological facilities necessary for the success of your conferences and business meetings. With complementary services like restaurants, indoor pool, health centre, outside nordic spa, saunas, etc., the Universel Hotel is the four star hotel where you can find everything under the same roof. Relax by the indoor pool and enjoy the whirlpool, saunas and tanning bed. Full range of spa treatments.

 

__Restaurants__

Chocolaterie  La Fée Gourmande

167, avenue Morel, Kamouraska. G0L 1M0 T. 418 492-3030  www.lafeegourmande.ca

The aromas of flowers, spices and fruit welcome visitors to this artisanal chocolate shop where a wide selection of chocolates, caramels, ice creams, sorbets, marshmallows, spreads, candies and nougats are prepared. 

Pacini Rimouski

In the Navigateur Hotel, 130, avenue Belzile Rimouski, Québec G5L 3E4. T. 418 732-3000  www.pacini.com

Pacini's menu is a succession of dishes, each one as appetizing as another, including some truly unique and exclusive foods. With no artificial trans fats, they are naturally exceptional. There are pasta dishes for every taste, always cooked al dente, pizzas brushed with olive oil and cooked according to a specific Pacini process that prevents the emergence of artificial trans fat, tender and delicious Italian grills, and extraordinary desserts. Plus, since all our wines are available by the glass, including our private imports, you can try them one at a time. For more details, visit other sections of our site. Buon appetito !

 

Restaurant Le Saint-Patrice

167, rue Fraser, Rivière-du-Loup, G5R 1E2  T. 418 862-9895 www.lesaintpatrice.ca

Since 1984, the restaurant Le Saint-Patrice offers a fine regional and Italian cuisine that highlights local products. Also, great varieties of fondues. Fine dining inspired by the classic steak houses, prepared using regional specialty products. Table d'hôte, children's menu, healthy and vegetarian dishes, gluten-free menu. Specialties: seafood, fresh and smoked fish, AAA beef, lamb, game, salads, a     variety of fondues, cheeses from Québec, homemade desserts.

 

__Events__

From July 12 to 17, 2017

Symposium de peinture du Kamouraska

Kamouraska www.symposiumdukamouraska.com

This annual event is a gathering enjoyed by both area residents and visitors to the Kamouraska region. Visitors can meet the painters on sites in Kamouraska, Saint-Denis and Saint-Germain as they create works centred on the theme of the “Doux Pays” (the sweet country). Admission is free and many activities are held throughout the week. The honorary president for this year’s 23st edition is the painter Rénald Gauthier.

 

From July 19 to 23, 2017

Les Grandes Fêtes TELUS

Rimouski  T. 418 724-7844 / 1 866 festijazz (337-8452)  www.lesgrandesfêtes.com

This festival has made its mark with a program that appeals to young and old, its family activities and its international touch. It has already become one of the most important popular music festivals in Eastern Québec. A not-to-be-missed regional event!

 

From August 5 to 13, 2017

Concerts aux îles du Bic

Rimouski  T. 418 736-0036  www.bicmusique.com

The only chamber music festival in Eastern Québec and a friendly meeting place for famous musicians who often play together for the first time. Famous and unpublished works are presented in historic places or outdoors at Bic National Park , and at affordable prices. Under the artistic direction of James Darling and Élise Lavoie.

 

From August 30 to September 3, 2017

Festi Jazz International de Rimouski 

Rimouski 418 724-7844 / 1 866 festijazz (337-8452) www.festijazzrimouski.com

This friendliest of jazz festivals provides a cultural escape in a maritime setting. Festi Jazz features live jazz and new jazz-influenced music to celebrate and advance appreciation of these musical styles. Come jazz it up with us to the beat of the best music. Join the party in Rimouski’s lively downtown.

  

__Attractions__

 

Bic Park

3382, rte 132 O., C.P. 2066, Le Bic, Québec G0L 1B0  T. 418-736-5035  1 800 665-6527 (Canada, USA) www.sepaq.com/pq/bic

The Bic Park is where the ocean meets the majestic St. Lawrence river. The park is 34 square km of forests, islands, mountains, creeks, and much more. You’ll appreciate as much the rocky shores on one side and the diverses trees litterally hanging from the mountain tops. Hiking, cycling, caomping, canooing are only some of the many activities that one can do at the Bic Park. Do not forget to stay to see the incridible view of the sun coming down on this region, you don’t want to miss it ! It’s one of the most spectacular on earth !  

  

The Sentier national or National Path

Corporation du Sentier national au Bas-Saint-Laurent, 5 rue de l'Église, Sainte-Rita, Québec, G0L 4G0 T.  418-714-2599  sentiernationalbsl.com

The Sentier national or National Path in the Lower St. Lawrence region is a path of 144 km where trecking is THE way to visit the many beautiful aspects of the region. From the shores of the St. Lawrence and the Basques Island to the deep forests, from the sinuous rivers (the Trois-Pistoles river region) to the mountains (Lenniox and Wissick Mounts) and the Temiscouata lake, the tourist and visitor enjoy the calm and charming setting which seems so far from civilization.

 

Site historique maritime Pointe-au-Père

Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père, 1000 Rue du Phare, Rimouski, QC G5M 1L8  T. (418) 724-6214      www.shmp.qc.ca

Montez à bord du premier sous-marin accessible au public au Canada, le sous0marin Anondaga. En entrant dans le submersible vous découvrirez le quotidien d’une soixantaine d’hommes, qui vivaient confinés pendant des mois dans un sous-marin de 90 mètres. Le Musée Empress of Ireland raconte l'histoire de ce paquebot. De sa construction, en 1906, jusqu'au naufrage qui fit 1012 victimes, en 1914, vous apprendrez tout sur ce magnifique navire. Découvrez la collection d'objets prélevés sur l'épave, des photos, des bornes interactives et des témoignages de passagers. Un spectacle multimédia vous plongera dans l'atmosphère de cette nuit tragique.  Visitez les anciens bâtiments de la station de phare et Le phare de Pointe-au-Père qui a joué un rôle central dans l'histoire de la navigation sur le Saint-Laurent. Érigé en 1909, ce phare est l'un des plus hauts au Canada. La visite permet d'atteindre son sommet et de profiter d'une vue fantastique.

 

Rimouski

Bureau d’information touristique : 50, rue Saint-Germain Ouest Rimouski (Québec) G5L 4B5  T. 418 723-2322 ou 1 800 746-6875 (Canada –USA)  www.tourisme-rimouski.org

At times urban, at times rural, the Rimouski area has a wealth of diversity. The city is gently rocked by lapping waves to the north and whispering fields of ripening wheat to the south. Let yourself feel the rythms of the Bas-Saint-Laurent  a World Good Life Reserve.

 

__Best Beaches__

Plage municipale de la Tête-du-Lac

Plage municipale de la Tête-du-Lac  50, Chemin de la Tête-du-Lac Pohénégamook

Discover one of Quebec’s nicest fresh water beach that stretches on   1 km long fine sand with many acitivities. Swimming area with lifeguards.

 

Plage de l’anse-aux-Coques

Sainte-Luce, Québec, G0K 1P0  www.sainteluce.ca

During hot summer days, many locals flock this beach called l’Anse-aux-Coques, a narrow beach protected by a wall that follows the St. Lawrence river.

 

__Bike Getaways__ 

How can you get the most out of your vacation? By peacefully touring the World Good Life Reserve on two wheels! The Bas-Saint-Laurent can also be explored by bike — tranquilly following the St. Lawrence, roaming the hills and valleys of the highlands, or wandering the marked bike trails and country roads. You’ll make endless discoveries and remarkable memories along the way. The varied terrain of the Bas-Saint-Laurent allows cyclists of all levels to choose a route tailored to their interests and abilities. Looking for a physical challenge? The roads in the highlands of the Temiscouata region or the Neigette area, south of Rimouski, offer some good climbs and winding descents in the heart of nature. The numerous lakes and rivers provide breathtaking scenery! If you prefer to enjoy your visit at a more sedate pace, the Route Verte bike trail runs along the St. Lawrence and is an easy and enjoyable ride. Bicycles share the road with cars on some sections, so cyclists should take extra care. Another recommended route is the Parc linéaire interprovincial Le Petit Témis. This dedicated hike and bike trail provides a safe and easy to ride, and has convenient facilities available along the way (toilets, picnic areas and primitive campsites). Built on an old railway, the trail leads from Rivière-du-Loup to Edmundston on 134 km of packed screened gravel. Several parking areas have been set up to facilitate access to the trail.