Gaspésie © TQ/C.Bouchard

Québec by the Sea

Come feel the power of nature amongst the rocky fjord, arching archipelagos, and exotic islands. Québec by the Sea comprises four tourism regions in eastern Québec: Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord (Manicouagan and Duplessis) and Îles de la Madeleine, which all share parts of the immense St. Lawrence Seaway. 

The soul of the regions is its rich wildlife—birds, seals, and whales in the water and black bears, caribous, moose, and deer on land. Let go and indulge in some of the world’s freshest seafood, meet friendly locals, explore national parks and maritime wonders—then rest easy in unique accommodations or at the perfect camping spot. 

Location

Located in the easternmost part of Québec, the tourist regions comprising Québec maritime abut the shores of the St. Lawrence River. From Québec City, take Highway 40, followed by routes 138 and 389 to explore the Côte-Nord region (Manicouagan and Duplessis), and take Highway 20, then Route 132 to discover Bas‑Saint‑Laurent and Gaspésie. Ferries are also available to cross from one shore to the other. The Îles‑de‑la‑Madeleine region, for its part, is accessible by plane, by boat or by car if you reserve a spot on the CTMA ferry that takes you from Souris, Prince Edward Island to Cap‑aux‑Meules.

Îles-de-la-Madeleine © TQ/J.-G. Lavoie
Îles de la Madeleine © M.Bonato/Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine
Phare de l’île Verte, Bas-Saint-Laurent © P.Canali/Le Québec maritime
Réserve de parc national de l’Archipel-de-Mingan, Côte-Nord © M. Dupuis/Le Québec maritime
Saveurs régionales © Studio du Ruisseau/Le Québec maritime

Snowmobile expedition

With its 6,000 km (3,730 mi.) of trails, ocean and mountain vistas and the legendary hospitality of its people, Québec by the Sea is a true snowmobiling paradise. Well marked and properly maintained, our snowmobiling trails boast numerous rest areas and are located close to gas stations and accommodations.

An expedition in this region will allow you to skirt the majestic Chic-Choc Mountains, see the famous Percé rock up close, traverse the Rivière Manicouagan on North America’s longest snowmobile bridge and access country you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get to see! A top-of the-list destination for snowmobile enthusiasts!

Enjoy an unforgettable experience on-board the NM F.-A.-Gauthier, which will take you from Gaspésie to the Côte-Nord—on your snowmobile! In addition to giving you a unique view of the St. Lawrence, peppered with ice floes, it will allow you to visit both shores on the same trip!

Discover our national parks and natural sites

Québec by the Sea is a paradise for outdoor lovers with 10 national parks, a river that widens into the sea, some of Québec’s highest mountains, countless lakes, vast forests, islands and archipelagos.

Do you want to try sea kayaking or go hiking? Are you a cycling or wind sports enthusiast? Are you looking forward to going out to sea? Québec by the Sea offers all this and more! Wherever you go, you will also have opportunities to observe wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready!

Discover a wide range of lodging options in nature, from campsites to 4-star hotels, not to mention various unusual accommodations!

Our regions offer many options for nature getaways: giant birdhouses, lighthouses, yurts, “Tiny House”-style cottages, treetop cabins and bubbles, glamping tents, teepees, etc. Why not try unusual accommodations during your next vacation!

A unique maritime culture

Over 40 lighthouses dot the shores of the St. Lawrence River in Québec by the Sea, all located on remarkably beautiful sites, and proud testimonials of the region’s history. Visit them by taking the Route des Phares (Lighthouse Trail), and be sure to spend the night in at least one for an experience you’ll never forget!

You can also learn about our regions’ maritime heritage through various historic sites and authentic attractions that tell the story of the fishing industry, trade and navigation, as well as of the daily lives of those who built our communities over the past few centuries.

Culture lovers will also want to visit our regions’ artists and artisans, while foodies can savour our many regional products, including seafood!

Looking for an experience that’s out of the ordinary? Spend the night in a lighthouse or in the lightkeeper’s house, let the waves rock you to sleep, and soak up the thorough change of scenery!

Wildlife observation

Québec by the Sea is home to a wide variety of large marine and terrestrial species and is a paradise for observing such animals as: whales and seals; thousands of birds, including 116,000 Northern gannets on Île Bonaventure as well as the iconic Atlantic puffin; a huge population of white‑tailed deer, including 160,000 on Île d’Anticosti; the only herd of caribou south of the St. Lawrence, an exceptional concentration of moose, and many black bears, to name but a few.

Take advantage of a trip to this region to go visit them in their natural habitat, for instance, in our many national parks, during a free activity or on a guided tour with a naturalist.

No fewer than 13 whale species roam the waters of our regions, including the fragile beluga and the impressive blue whale—the largest animal on Earth. Observe them while on a boat excursion or directly from shore!