Île du Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie lighthouse, Bas-Saint-Laurent © N. Gagnon


From the banks of the St. Lawrence River to the Highlands, the Bas‑Saint‑Laurent region is a rich tapestry of maritime, lakeside, farming and forest landscapes. Visitors flock to the region for its villages, islands, lighthouses, national parks and marine mammals, as well as the many things to do there.

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).

Kayaking in Parc national du Bic © N. Gagnon
Fishing for crabs off the Rimouski wharf © M. Doré
Saint-André cliff in Kamouraska © N. Gagnon
Snowmobiling along the shores of the St. Lawrence River © Studio du Ruisseau
Bridge on the Le Petit Témis bicycle path © N. Gagnon

In peak season, it’s possible to tour three lighthouses in the region, each with their own defining characteristics.

The lighthouse of the Pot à L’Eau-de-Vie archipelago, opposite Rivière‑du‑Loup, is a world-renowned bird‑watching site. Double‑crested cormorant, great blue heron, black‑crowned night‑heron, common eider, black‑legged kittiwake, razorbill, black guillemot and seagull all nest there in abundance.

The Île Verte lighthouse, whose construction began in 1806, was the very first to guide seafarers along the St. Lawrence River. It was operated by a succession of lighthouse keepers, including four generations of the Lindsay family from 1827 to 1964.

The Pointe‑au‑Père lighthouse in Rimouski is one of the tallest in Canada. Visitors have to climb 128 stairs to reach the cupola, where they’re rewarded with a stunning view of the region and the Onondaga submarine, which is on the same site.

Play lighthouse keeper for a night at the Pot à L’Eau-de-Vie archipelago lighthouse. Packages including lodging and meals are offered in summer. This is an experience you won’t soon forget!

Bas‑Saint‑Laurent boasts three national parks, and every one of them is unique. The Saguenay‑St. Lawrence Marine Park is the only park in Québec to conserve and promote an exclusively marine environment, the St. Lawrence River. It is also one of the best places in the world for whale watching. In summer, you can take a whale-watching cruise departing from Rivière-du‑Loup.

The Parc national du Bic will enchant you with its capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains, which together form its singular character. Witness one of the most beautiful sunsets known to this world, or watch seals lazing in the sun by river’s edge.

The Parc national du Lac‑Témiscouata is a lyrical combination of woodland and water. It protects a representative sample of the natural region of Monts Notre‑Dame. The park hugs the shores of Lac Témiscouata, the largest and most majestic lake in the area.

The Parc national du Lac‑Témiscouata—the latest addition to the Québec parks network—is home to numerous archeological sites bearing witness to the presence of Indigenous peoples in the region 10,000 years ago.

In recent years, Bas‑Saint‑Laurent has seen a dramatic growth in niche agrifood and food-tourism businesses.

No matter where you go, you can stock up on exceptionally original local products, from microbrewery beers, beverages and liqueurs to ocean products, maple sweets and organic crops. By hills or by valleys, from cities to towns, take the time to seek out all these small producers, who have honed their particular know-how and whose products adorn the region’s fine tables.

On summer weekends, the public markets are also a great place to get to know the locals and fashion yourself a mouth-watering picnic!

The À la BSL! – édition gourmande food tourism magazine (only available in French) is free and showcases the best of what the region has to offer to visitors interested in food tourism.


Bas‑Saint‑Laurent has more than 1,800 km (1,120 mi.) of marked trails that are meticulously maintained by volunteer members of local snowmobile clubs. This network allows you to criss-cross the entire region and provides access to a complete range of services to snowmobilers from all over North America. Some hotels even make snowmobiling their specialty, offering secure garages, tailored packages and more.

Travelling through Bas‑Saint‑Laurent by snowmobile is an ideal way to experience the freedom of its wide open spaces. Enjoy maritime and forest scenery as far as the eye can see, as well as the opportunity to observe wild deer herds. As your day comes to an end, take in the magnificent sunset; the region is famous for them.

In winter, snowmobilers can get to Île Verte from the mainland by crossing an ice bridge. Visitors can also take a ferry to the island. Otherwise, it’s always possible to get there by helicopter between seasons.

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