From Quebec City to Gaspésie on the Route des Navigateurs
KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY FROM THE QUEBEC BRIDGE!
Looking to explore all that Quebec has to offer at your own pace? Why rush onto the highway when your trip to Gaspésie could instead begin from the Quebec Bridge? Travel short distances at a time as you discover the very best of the Route des Navigateurs!
Stop #1: Old Lévis
Stroll down rue Saint-Laurent for a fresh new look at the beautiful old houses of downtown Lévis—you'll be a stone's throw away from several parks offering unparalleled access to the river!
Afterwards, check out some of our personal favourites: Old Lévis and quai Paquet. Walk along the quaint streets, then check out the Terrasse du Chevalier-De Lévis for a breathtaking view of Quebec City and the St. Lawrence River. Once you reach quai Paquet, be sure to enjoy a refreshing pause at the fountains!
Stop #2: Naval Culture
Set aside an hour for a guided tour of the Davie Shipyard National Historic Site of Canada , where you'll learn the history of one of Quebec's most famous shipyards.
Arrêt #3: An Unforgettable Day in a Stunning Island Chain
Your cruise to Grosse Île or Isle-aux-Grues awaits you just 30 minutes away from Old Lévis! Croisières Lachance offers authentic adventures bound to keep you busy from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
History buffs will love the Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site , a former quarantining island whose fascinating history awaits to be recounted by passionate guides.
Nature lovers will adore cruising to Isle-aux-Grues for train ride on the island and a guided tour of the archipelago.
If you'd rather explore Isle-aux-Grues on your own terms, bring your bicycle aboard the ferry departing from Montmagny, then ride across the island at your own pace. The ferry service depends on the tide, so why not sleep in a teepee on site and save the return trip for tomorrow?
Stop #4: Step Aboard a Museum Ship!
Discover many splendid villages on your way to L'Islet. Plan a few hours at Musée maritime du Québec to board historical vessels, and check out exhibits worthy of the Museum of Civilization!
Stop #5: Saint-Jean-Port-Joli
Stroll around the unparalleled village of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli , where skillful artisans and wood sculptors are hard at work among scenery so stunning, it slows time down to a crawl. Enjoy wonderful restaurants, a pop culture museum, and the perfect streets for a motorcycle ride!
- Camp out overnight in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli at Camping de la Demi-Lieue or at Domaine aux cygnes , both of which have unrivalled access to the river.
- Enjoy an introduction to local pop culture at the Musée de la mémoire vivante
- Be blown away by the know-how of talented wood sculptors at the Musée de sculpture sur bois des Anciens Canadiens
Stop #6: Kamouraska Village
Head over to the Kamouraska pier to keep your lungs full of salty air as you marvel at the majestic beauty of the St. Lawrence River and its islands. Stroll about this picturesque village to enjoy artisan boutiques, restaurants and local delicacies in one of Quebec's most acclaimed towns.
Stop #7: Whale-Watching Cruise with Croisières AML
Prepare for a unique experience with Croisières AML ! Depart the Rivière-du-Loup marina aboard the majestic AML Levant for a whale-watching cruise featuring various marine mammals. Be ready to forge unforgettable memories at the most beautiful marine mammal observation site on Earth: the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, which straddles the river.
- Spend the night in Rivière-du-Loup at scenic Auberge de la Pointe , where many rooms come with a spectacular view of the river.
- Auberge de la Pointe also features two perfect restaurants for a succulent dinner: L’Espadon , and café-bar Le Mirador , whose riverside terrace is a prime spot to watch the sunset!
Stop #8: Maritime History
You ought to stop at Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père ! Visit the Onondaga , an authentic submarine, and discover the daily life of the men who spent their days underwater in this 90-metre vessel. While you're at it, check out the multimedia exhibit about the fate of the Empress of Ireland, then head over to the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site .
Close out your stay in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region at the Anse-aux-Coques promenade in Sainte-Luce! It's the perfect opportunity for a few hours at the beach and a swim in the salty waters of the St. Lawrence. Over twenty sculptures await you along the path!