Bas-Saint-Laurent, The lushless of the land

Yves Lafontaine , Chica Oscar

The reknowned poet Emile Nelligan wrote about this area as one of the most beautiful regions of Quebec, where the St. Lawrence river meets the ocean. Here the salty breeze is tainted by the obssessive odour of conifer trees… your soul will be envigorated and you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the land at the same time. In the Lower St. Lawrence, life is made both of sea and of river. 

Here the salty breeze is tainted by the obssessive odour of conifer trees… your soul will be envigorated and you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the land at the same time. In the Lower St. Lawrence, life is made both of sea and of river. You can take first the Navigators’ Path (inland), along the St. Lawrence, where you’ll find picturesque villages with their inhabitants that settled there three centuries ago, they are fishermen, sailors, and still today proud shooners’ builders. Cacouna (where Emile Nelligan passed his summers), Kamouraska, Notre-Dame-du-Portage and Saint-Pacôme : four villages by the river front, all members of the Most Beautiful Villages’ Association of Québec. There, nature, architecture and the charm of it’s population live in harmony. If you stop at a restaurant or an inn, don’t forget to taste fresh fish and seafood smoked the local ancestral way with pine, apple, prune or maple wood… Delicious !  

Once your belly is filled, take a boat through the area and savour the natural beauty of the surroundings. Such as the many sea birds colonies along the river shores at Saint-Barnabé’s Island for instance. Or maybe some seals caught your eyes at the Bic’s National Park ? But l’Île Verte (or Green Island) holds it’s secrets too, some belugas swim near it’s shores and how about blue whales off Rivière-du-Loup… And Rivière-du-Loup where you should stop for breathtaking maritime’ sceneries and admire some of the Lighthouses that are still standing today. But the area isn’t only made of sea and river, it’s also made of land, of forests and mountains — the Appalachians. For bicycle enthousiasts, la Route des Frontières (or Borders’ Path) will be the occasion of some incredible sceneries, from the village of Saint-André to Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande, at the metting point of Quebec, New Brunswick and Maine.

Cyclists will simple love the Petit Témis Park at the border of Québec and New Brunswick, while hickers will opt for the 134 km long trail… The sceneries have also inspired many cultural activities such as the Tremplin, a music, song and comedy festival organised at Dégelis. The Symposium de peinture de Kamouraska offers an excellent way to meet artists who’s passion is to paint on canvas the beautiful natural views. By summer’s end, Rimouski holds it’s Festi Jazz a jazz and worldbeat music festival both indoors and outdoors in these magnificent settings.  


Auberge du Mange Grenouille

148, rue Sainte-Cécile, Le Bic
T. 418-736-5656.

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 three times the Quebec Tourism Grand Prize for gastronomy, fine cuisine and accomodation.

Comfort Inn

85, boulevard Cartier
Rivière-du-Loup (Qc), Canada
G5R 4X4
1 877 574-6835

Welcome to the Comfort Inn in Rivière-du-Loup! Whether you are travelling for business or relaxation, this hotel and its staff will meet your every need. The Comfort Inn is located 100 metres (330 feet) from Autoroute 20 and 500 metres (1,640 feet) from the ferry, for easy travelling. The amenities and the 69 rooms will meet all of your specific needs. After a restful night, enjoy the continental breakfast while reading the morning paper. This hotel in Rivière-du-Loup is just a short walk from restaurants, parks, and cruises. The qualified staff await you with a warm welcome. Come discover a whole new world in the heart of the Bas-Saint-Laurent: give in to the temptation.

Hôtel Gouverneur Rimouski

155, boul. René-Lepage Est
Rimouski (Qc), G5L 1P2
T. 1 888 910-1111

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.

Mr. James

T. 418 862-9895

The l’Auberge Mr. James combines the charm of old style homes, the comfort of grand hotels and the warmth of a country side inn. Four bedrooms will surprise you by their decor eclectism and by the bathrooms’ originality. Breakfast is served every morning and is included in the package.

Musée régional de Rimouski

35, rue Saint-Germain Ouest
Rimouski, Québec G5L 4B4
T. 418-724-2272

Facing the St. Lawrence River and located in the heart of downtown, the Museum is established inside eastern Quebec's oldest church stone building. Its up-to-date museological equipments and services enable visitors to enjoy the quality of the greatest museums in a picturesque setting. The Museum presents exhibitions on contemporary art (including La Chambre enchantée from David Elliott), history of the collectivity and regional sciences and technologies. Its interpretation areas as well as its guides arouse the curiosity of the most demanding visitors.

Le Parc du Bic

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

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 !

Le site maritime de la Pointe-au-Père

1000, rue du Phare, Rimouski (Québec) G5M 1L8
T. 418 724-6214

The Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père offers 200 years of maritime history. 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 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. The Pointe-au -Père Lighthouse played a central role in the history of navigation on the St. Lawrence River. A guided tour will take you to the top, where you can admire the fabulous view.

Le Sentier National

Corporation du Sentier national au Bas-Saint-Laurent,
5 rue de l'Église, Sainte-Rita, Québec, G0L 4G0
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. Parking with services and lodging at each departure and arrival area to accommodate visitors.

Aventures Archipel

31, 8e Rue Ouest,
Rimouski QC G5L 5B3
T. : 418 731 0114

This company spcialises in tourists’ activities, mainly sea kayak. You’ll be offered two sites, one is the Bic National Park archipelago, one of the most picturesque in Québec, and the other one being the Saint-Barnabé island across Rimouski where you’ll be amazed by the beauty and the tranquility of the surroundings.