Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Chaudière-Appalaches © S. Allard


Chaudière-Appalaches is a 200‑km (125-mi.) stretch of coastline along the St. Lawrence River, an archipelago of 21 islands, Lévis and its superb view of Québec City and Château Frontenac, many parks abounding with activities, stunning fall colours in Beauce’s valleys, and more!

Location and access

Bounded to the south by the United States border, the region can be accessed from the north shore of the St. Lawrence by the Pont de Québec (Highway 73) and the Québec-Lévis ferry. From Maine, Route 201 leads to Saint-Georges (Route 173).

The Musée maritime du Québec in Islet © S. Allard
Île aux Grues © S. Allard
Lévis © P. Têtu
Appalachian alpacas © P. Têtu
Valleys in Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce © P. Têtu

The Chaudière‑Appalaches region is a treasure trove of some of the finest foods. At the Frampton Brasse microbrewery, you can savour a good beer as you take in the panoramic views of the surrounding Beauce valleys.

Have a craving for a gourmet jaunt? Visit the Cassis et Mélisse dairy farm and artisan cheesemaker to taste Faisselle, Quark and Frais Chèvre, big favourites of the summer season. Add some mouth‑watering duck rillettes from Canard Goulu and cider from La Pomme du St‑Laurent to your picnic basket, and complete your outing with the famous waffles or authentic homemade lemon and blueberry gelato at Bleuets du Vire‑Crêpes.

For an unforgettable taste experience, the Auberge des Glacis is a hidden jewel located deep in a vast estate between the St. Lawrence River and the mountain. Discover this gourmet restaurant’s unique flavours and fine dining that combines French cuisine with local products.

Since August 2015, beer aficionados have been able to enjoy a new artisanal brewery associated with the Verger de Tilly orchard in Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly. The Confrérie Microbrasserie crafts beers infused with the orchard’s fruits. Come discover its creative fruit-based blends!

Escape deep into the forest by way of an impressive 71-km (44-mi.) network of walking trails at the Parc regional du Massif du Sud. Enhance your experience by spending the night in a yurt or “ready-to-camp” boreal tent.

The Parc regional des Appalaches has 120 km (75 mi.) of trails, with one- and several-day hikes along rivers and lakes, and to spectacular waterfalls and natural beaches. Sleep in a shelter and discover nature at night.

Other sites offer equally awe-inspiring experiences: the hiking trails of Les sentiers pédestres des 3 Monts give you privileged access to the Serpentine-de-Coleraine ecological reserve, the Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, where the 35‑metre (115‑foot) waterfalls steal the show, and of course, the Parc national de Frontenac and the majestic Grand Lac Saint-François lake, where all sorts of natural treasures await your discovery by foot, bike or canoe!

A full 50% of Québec’s sugar maples are in the Chaudières‑Appalaches region. Picture an autumn display of dazzlingly beautiful and contrasting colours. As of September, check our colour tracker to find out when would be the best time to visit!

Rich in heritage, with its seigneuries, mills and manors, Chaudière-Appalaches is among the oldest regions in North America. Its history is revealed in numerous tourist attractions reminding us of our builders. Hear the tales of such storied families as the Joly-De Lotbinière, Bourgault, Desjardins, Vachon and Barbeau, and of Captain Bernier, who helped shape Québec.

Relive the arrival of the first immigrants at Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site.

Discover the flour mill with the largest water wheel still in operation in Québec at La Seignerie des Aulnaies Victorian manor.

At the Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines, check out the new exhibition, Minéraux (Minerals) showcasing more than 90 of the most stunning specimens from Canada’s national collections.

Visit reconstructed period rooms, and climb aboard the Ernest Lapointe icebreaker and the hydrofoil at Québec’s maritime museum, the Musée maritime du Québec.

In spring 2015, thousands of wine bottle corks found a new home at the Auberge des Glacis. At your next visit, add your own cork creations to the participative work, The Cork Tree at Des Glacis Inn. Tap into your other hidden talents at the Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Creative Village!

Chaudière-Appaclaches is an exceptional destination for winter fun. The Appalachian mountain range, where the snow is plenty, is overflowing with activities. Visit our renowned Massif du Sud, Mont Orignal and Mont Adstock ski resorts.

Discover magnificent places for snowshoeing, like the Parc régional des Appalaches or Les sentiers pédestres des 3 Monts. For those who dare, the exhilarating Austrian sled rides, comprising 2.3 km (1.25 mi.) of runs at the Domaine du Radar, are a must.

Snowmobiling and quad enthusiasts will be thrilled by the more than 5,000 km (3,100 mi.) of trails, which have been the region’s pride and joy for over 40 years.

Less than 10 minutes from Québec City, go dogsledding at the Aventure Plein air Inukshuk or Chenil La Poursuite. Also treat yourself to this memorable experience in the heart of the Appalachians, in Just-de-Bretenières and Saint-Paul-de-Montminy.

Winter awaits you with open arms!

The Beauce region, commonly known as “maple country,” accounts for close to 20% the world’s maple syrup production. Less than 45 minutes from Québec City, discover La Cabane à Pierre, a multi-generational sugar shack that’s authentic and unique!

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