Québec by the Sea

Spend 13 days exploring the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord regions and add a week on the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. You’ll experience national parks, breathtaking landscapes, whale watching and endless attractions and activities!

Québec by the Sea © M. Loiselle

Suggested itinerary

  • Day 1: Charm and flavours
    From La Pocatière to Rivière-du-Loup

    You’ll love Kamouraska for its charming houses, handicrafts, cuisine, history and activities including sea kayaking and rock climbing.

    Nearby Témiscouata boasts a wealth of lakes and forests. Take in the scenery on an outdoor adventure at Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata. Cap it off by savoring maple products at the Domaine Acer.

  • Day 2: The St. Lawrence and its islands
    From Rivière-du-Loup to Rimouski

    Rivière-du-Loup is the perfect place for an activity at sea. Visit an island, admire a lighthouse or say hello to a whale!

    Discover the stunning capes, coves, islands and mountains of Parc national du Bic. Hiking, kayaking, wildlife, camping, cottages and yurts await you!

  • Day 3: From the coast to the bay
    From Rimouski to Carleton-sur-Mer

    Stop off in Rimouski for the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père, Reford Gardens or Canyon des Portes de l’Enfer.

    There are endless reasons to visit Chaleur Bay. History buffs will especially love the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site and Parc national de Miguasha.

  • Day 4: Gaspésien history
    From Carleton-sur-Mer to Paspébiac

    Take a tour of Bonaventure and the regional museums to learn about the history of Acadians in Québec and the major events that shaped Gaspésie. Visit the Site historique du Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac and follow the Route de la Morue to discover the legacy of fishing in the region.

  • Day 5: Fall in love with Percé
    From Percé to Gaspé

    Browse boutiques and art galleries and savour delicious seafood. Visit the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark to admire Percé Rock from atop the observation platform. Take a trip to Bonaventure Island for its impressive colony of northern gannets and rich heritage.

  • Day 6: Stunning scenery and lighthouses
    From Gaspé to Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

    Gaspé’s history is as fascinating as its landscapes. Go hiking, whale watching and sea kayaking with the seals at Forillon National Park.

    Continue on to Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. You’ll pass several lighthouses that are part of a trail of around 40 sentinels.

  • Day 7: Sea and mountains
    From Sainte-Anne-des-Monts to Matane

    From Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, make a trip to Parc national de la Gaspésie, where you may spot a moose from the trails! You’ll stay at a four-star inn, a cottage or a campsite. Take Route 132 through Haute-Gaspésie. Visit Exploramer to learn about the species of the St. Lawrence then admire the Éole Cap-Chat, the world’s tallest vertical axis wind turbine, among other attractions.

  • Day 8: From one bank to the other
    From Matane to Havre-Saint-Pierre

    Take a two-and-a-quarter hour ferry ride to Baie-Comeau or Godbout for a different perspective on the St. Lawrence Estuary.

    Follow Route 138 along the shore to Havre-Saint-Pierre and admire a stunning panorama of rivers, wild beaches and endless forests.

  • Day 9: Off the beaten path
    From Havre-Saint-Pierre to Natashquan

    Admire the islands, islets and monoliths sculpted by the sea at the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. Take a boat tour to observe the famous Atlantic puffin and sleep in an oTENTik tent.

    Explore the isolated villages of the Basse-Côte-Nord as you journey from Natashquan to Blanc-Sablon aboard the Bella Desgagnés.

  • Days 10 and 11: In the homeland of poet Gilles Vigneault
    From Natashquan to Baie-Comeau

    Fall in love with the coastal villages of Minganie, including Rivière-au-Tonnerre and Natashquan, hometown of the famous poet. Stop in Sept-Îles and take a hike around the archipelago. Discover the Vieux-Poste de traite de Sept-Îles, a nineteenth century replica.

  • Day 12: Natural and industrial history of the Côte-Nord
    From Baie-Comeau to Tadoussac

    In Baie-Comeau, take a tour of a microbrewery or soap maker. Continue to Pointe-aux-Outardes, a birdwatcher’s paradise where you can sleep in a giant birdhouse!

    En route to Fermont on the Trans-Québec–Labrador Loop, you’ll visit the Manic-2 and Manic-5 hydroelectric stations and cross the Monts Groulx highlands.

  • Day 13: All about whales
    Tadoussac and area

    Tadoussac is known for its whale watching tours. Nearby attractions include the Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay, Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre and Poste de traite Chauvin.

    The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is teeming with life! Observe marine mammals and seabirds from a Zodiac, a conventional boat or the shore.

  • An extended adventure in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

    Board the CTMA Vacancier for a visit to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. The islands’ white sandy shoreline and red hills are sure to charm you. The resident “Madelinots” are a welcoming maritime people with impressive skills in both the kitchen and workshop. Local artists also draw inspiration from the sea! Set sail for stunning scenery and a unique culture.