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  • Tourisme Bas Saint-Laurent
  • Tourisme Bas Saint-Laurent

BAS SAINT-LAURENT — Whatever the time of the year, enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Bas-Saint-Laurent or the coast along the river, which becomes the sea. From Kamouraska to Sainte-Luce, passing by Témiscouata, Bas-Saint-Laurent is a rich amalgam of maritime, agricultural and forest landscapes. Whether you are  the "active" or  the "contemplative" type, enjoy your vacation to discover the villages, islands, lighthouses, national parks, marine mammals and the many activities that can be practiced in this beautiful region of Quebec , which is said to be a "good time world reserve".

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.

 

 Mange-Grenouille
Photo :  Auberge du Mange-Grenouille 

Lodging

Auberge du mange grenouille                 
148, rue Sainte-Cécile du Bic, Rimouski, QC G0L 1B0
T. 418-736-5656.
 
The Mange Grenouille Inn is a place from another time when the scenery takes us on a burlesque and theatrical journey. The experience is unique with 22 beautiful rooms, a fine regional table, gourmet and sought after, awarded in gastronomy. A la carte menu for dinner and supper and a tasting menu in the evening, a wine list of good wines from around the globe. Sunset on the Bic’s islands from the terrace (4 to 7 formula, terrace menu). An address that whispers like a word of mouth secret.
 
 
Hôtel Universel Rivière-du-Loup                 
311, boul. de l'Hôtel-De-Ville Ouest, Rivière-du-Loup, QC G5R 5S4 
T. 418 862-9520  /  1 800 265-0072
 
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.
 
 
 Sepaq
Photo :  Parc National du Lac-Témiscouata
 

Suggested addresses  

Chocolaterie La Fée Gourmande
167, avenue Morel, Kamouraska, QC G0L 1M0
T. 418 492-3030
 
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.  
 
 

August 4 - 12, 2018

Symposium de peinture du Kamouraska
Kamouraska, Saint-Denis et Saint-Germain
 
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.  
 
 

July 18 - 22, 2018

Concerts aux îles du Bic
Rimouski  T. 418 736-0036 
 
 
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.  
 
 

August 29 – Sept. 2, 2018

Festi Jazz Internationalde Rimouski 
Rimouski 
T. 418 724-7844 / 1 866 festijazz (337-8452)
 
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.  
 
 
Sepaq
Photo :  Christian Savard, Parc National du Bic
 

Must see

Le Parc du Bic
T. 418 736-5035  / 1 800 665-6527
 
Located in the St. Lawrence Estuary, Parc national du Bic proudly showcases its capes, bays, coves, islands, and mountains. The park's atmosphere is unique. Think of the sounds and smells of the sea or the caress of a maritime breeze. Imagine a breathtaking sunset, considered to be one of the world's finest. Seabirds come to nest in the park, and rare plants bloom on its rocky capes. Visitors are delighted by seals basing in the sun near the shore. It's beautiful, peaceful and relaxing... 
 
 
Parc national du lac-témiscouata
T.  418 855-5508 / 1 800 665-6527     
 
It’s the latest addition to Québec’s network of national parks. Parc national du Lac-Te?miscouata is a harmonious blend of water and woods and an essential stop on the Lands and Forests of Acadia circuit. This park protects a representative sample of the natural region of Monts Notre-Dame. Hiking, cycling, boating, and discovery activities are a great way for visitors to experience the spirit of this place and fully appreciate the scope of an area rich with 10,000 years of human history, all in an unspoiled natural setting. This park is nestled along the largest and most majestic lake in the region, Lac Témiscouata. Created by the power of glaciers, it invites calm and contemplation. 
 
 
Le Sentier National
T.  418 714-2599 
 
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 de la Pointe-au-Père ?
1000 Rue du Phare, Rimouski, QC G5M 1L8
T. 418 724-6214
 
Come aboard the only submarine open to the public in Canada. Discover the lifestyle of submarine crew members confined within a 90 meter ship for months. The audioguided tour will take you into a fascinating journey. The Empress of Ireland Pavilion presents the history of the Empress of Ireland passenger ship, from its construction in 1906 to its tragic sinking on May 29. Discover a large collection of objects from the wreck, period photos, interactive terminals and eyewitness accounts. Relive the emotion of that tragic night during a multimedia show that recreates the ship's last voyage. The Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse played a central role in the history of navigation on the St. Lawrence River. Erected in 1909, this lighthouse is the third to be built on this site and is one of the tallest in Canada. A guided tour will take you to the top, where you can admire the fabulous view.
 
 
Escapades vélo
 
How can you get the most out of your vacation? By peacefully touring 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.
 
 
Île verte
Au largde Rivières-du-Loup
 
To get acquainted with the island, there’s nothing better than starting with the The tour, a set of three major attractions on Île Verte: the Michaud school, the skeleton museum and the lighthouse site. Each site is unique and holds a multitude of treasures and discoveries. To start the tour, go to the old schoolhouse, the École Michaud, which is the visitor centre and ticket counter for the tour. It is located just a few steps to the west of the arrival dock, the Quai du Bout d’en Bas (the “quay of the western tip”).
 

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