Passionate about emblematic villages and lighthouses
A great way to discover the river
Are you in love with beautiful villages and charming houses? Are you searching for the best French fries and the most creative baker? Lighthouses have been fascinating you for a long time and you dream about marinas? Do you feel like going to a 164 inhabitant island? On this itinerary, you will eat seafood, take stunning sunset pictures, come back home with the most beautiful craftsmen souvenirs and savour tasty microbrewry beers.
This thematic itinerary on the Route des Navigateurs will absolutely charm you!
An unforgettable road trip where you absolutely have to take your time, stop and enjoy the moment
To go on a road trip on the Route des Navigateurs and discover the beautiful villages and lighthouses. It's something to do at least once in a lifetime. An unforgettable road trip where you have to take your time, stop, enjoy the present moment and all the beauty of what surrounds us: the Saint-Lawrence river, the beautiful villages along Route 132, the gourmet stops, the many attractions and lighthouses. A dream vacation!
Stop #1: Quai de Sainte-Angèle , Bécancour
With its new 50-metre wooden lookout tower, its river ferry on the weekends, entertainment for all underneath its big top, this patrimony site is a great place to meet new people. It also reminds visitors that it was, before the construction of Laviolette bridge, the only way to cross the river.
Stop #2: Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly
The St. Lawrence River at the doorstep of this 300-year old village, and the copious flowers brightening its properties are great characteristics of Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly. Owing to its church classified as a historic monument, its calvary, roadside crosses, ancestral manors and authentic wooden period houses, this municipality fully deserves its place among Québec's most beautiful villages. Visitors have the choice of numerous itineraries and local products: well-known cheese factory, arts and crafts, fruits and vegetables, orchards, cider houses, antiques dealer and art galleries. After a hike or an outing on the river's bay, spoil yourselves with a gourmet meal, and a night in one of its cozy bed and breakfasts!
Other suggested places :
Wharf at Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly
Stop #3: Saint-Michel de Bellechasse
One of the most beautiful villages in all of Québec, epitomized by the richness of its maritime heritage, the beauty of its heritage homes, its magnificent views and its public accesses to the river. The marina area and its jetty that advances majestically into the St. Lawrence offers explorers an exceptional view. Beautiful in every season, visitors can admire the architecture style of its houses which represent a vibrant legacy of the seigniorial time
Stop #4: Havre de Berthier-sur-Mer
This remarkably beautiful site is the ideal spot for recreational water activities. Renowned for its breathtaking panorama, the Café du Havre restaurant/patio bar is the perfect place for a delicious meal while admiring the marina and the blazing sunsets. The marina did a dredging so the site can be accessed anytime.
Other suggested place : Motel et Restaurant de la plage
Stop #5: L'Isle-aux-Grues
The archipelago of the same name is home to 21 islands and islets, but Île aux Grues is the only one inhabited all year long. It boasts the largest unspoiled wetland in northeastern North America, which links Île aux Grues to Île aux Oies. These mud flats are a perfect place for watching birds or hunting waterfowl (via an outfitter). Île aux Grues is accessible by public ferry (depending on tides), private cruise boats and plane. Once on the island, you can walk, bike or take the tourist trolley and its guided tour. Accommodations include an inn, B&B, tourist guest house and campground.
Stop #6: Saint-Jean-Port-Joli
In St-Jean-Port-Joli, we meet at the end of the wharf or in the Parc des trois Bérets to enjoy the beauty of the sunsets. We celebrate at numerous events. We have some unforgettable encounters with local artists and artisans, we taste the regional flavours in delightful restaurants and we relax and breathe in the air of the river. In St-Jean-Port-Joli, we enjoy the creativity of its inhabitants and live for the moment.
Event : Fête des Chants de Marins , August 18th to august 21st 2022 in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli
Stop #7: Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies et son Havre du Quai
Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies is a heritage and natural municipality bordered by the St. Lawrence that is worth the trip. The municipality also boasts a remarkable number of ancestral buildings. Less than one kilometre east of the church is the picturesque shore-side "Havre du Quai," which offers visitors a rest area, picnic tables and breathtaking landscapes!
Stop #8: Village de Kamouraska
A picturesque and tourism-oriented municipality, Kamouraska distinguishes itself by its exceptional built heritage, its must-see sunsets, its bucolic landscapes and the quality of its regional products. Come and take advantage of its numerous attractions: the beach along the River, cycling, hiking, restaurants, accommodations, arts and crafts, art galleries, museums, fish markets, farmhouses, interpretation center, etc.
Other suggested places :
Côté Est - Café/Bistro
Poissonnerie Lauzier et Bistro de la mer
Chocolaterie La Fée Gourmande
Le jardin Bedeau
Magasin Général de Kamouraska
Atelier et Galerie d'Art Michel Leroux
Galerie-boutique Soleil du Jour
Quai des bulles
Quai no3 Art et Décoration
Tête d'Allumette Microbrasserie
Stop #9: L'isle-Verte et le Phare de l'île Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
Tradition and vitality come together in L'Isle-Verte! Formerly a major regional business centre, the village, together with its namesake island, has become a tourist destination with a rich history and a wide range of attractions.
Stop #10: Phare de Pointe-au-Père, Lieu historique national du Canada Climb up the 128 steps of one of the highest lighthouses in Canada. Discover the different themes and exhibitions about the lighthouse's history.
Stop #11: Sainte-Luce et sa promenade de l'Anse-aux-Coques Stretch your legs at this beachside esplanade and relax in the fresh sea air. The site includes a multipurpose service chalet, a lighted walkway, benches, picnic tables and more than twenty ocean-themed woodcarvings.