CHAUDIÈRE-APPALACHES: Between sea and sky

Guide Arc-en-ciel Quebec Rainbow Guide
ATR Chaudière-Appalaches
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Bordered to the south by the Appalachians and the Maine border, and bisected by the Chaudière river valley, the region is dotted with a string of riverside villages that are among some of the loveliest in Québec. 

Proud of their history and rich architectural heritage, these communities are the natural habitat of craftspeople and sculptors. The banks of the St. Lawrence, in turn, are a refuge for snow geese, whose immense seasonal stopovers at Montmagny (across from the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago) are a sight worth seeing. In the fall, the ubiquitous maple tree brings the backcountry alive with dazzling arrey of colour. The region's history is almost as long as that of nearby Québec City. A trip to Grosse Île, mid-river in the St. Lawrence, takes you back in time.


In L'Islet, the Musée maritime du Québec is a window onto life on the high seas for modern-day sailors. A number of parks conserve the region's natural heritage. Parc national de Frontenac is the ideal place for bird watching, hiking and water sports. Two regional parks, the Appalaches and the Massif-du-Sud, both of which are still relatively unknown, are chock-full of outstanding sites and breathtaking vistas. Seventh heaven for outdoor enthusiasts, they offer up a range of activities that are sure to please young and old alike, including cycle paths.


Consult or dowload the 17th édition of Quebec Rainbow Guide (Guide arc-en-ciel)