Winter, Bas-Saint-Laurent © TQ/R. Ouellet


From the banks of the St. Lawrence, coastal levees and hills give way to a land of forests. Hugged by the Navigator’s Route (Route des Navigateurs), the shoreline here is dotted with picturesque villages and popular resorts like Notre-Dame-du-Portage. Its location across from the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park makes it the perfect place to catch a cruise on the river and through the islands.

Location and access

Rivière-du-Loup is 200 km and Rimouski 320 km northeast of Québec City. The region is easily accessed from the north shore of the St. Lawrence by ferry (Saint-Siméon, Les Escoumins, Forestville) and from New Brunswick via the Trans-Canada Highway or the Border Route (Route des Frontières).

In the mid-1800s, wealthy Canadian and American families summered on the shores of the St. Lawrence at Cacouna and Notre-Dame-du-Portage, both of which were near Rivière-du-Loup (the terminal of the Grand Trunk Railway).

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