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Route des Navigateurs

Route des Navigateurs

Since the days of Jacques Cartier, sailors from the world over have travelled the St. Lawrence River and its estuary. The Route des Navigateurs bears witness to the history of this great waterway and the settlement of its shores.

The Route des Navigateurs follows the course of the river along Route 132, crossing three tourist regions. It begins in the west at Baie-du-Febvre in the Centre-du-Québec, continues in the Chaudière-Appalaches and ends in the east at Sainte-Luce in the Bas-Saint-Laurent.

The entire trip covers over 470 kilometres, showcasing diverse aspects of the St. Lawrence River. Take the time to discover this landscape of special beauty and enjoy all the pleasures of the seaside. Plunge into an inspiring maritime experience by visiting the attractions and taking part in the vast range of available activities.

Entering the Bas-Saint-Laurent from La Pocatière in the Kamouraska region, you will go through a string of quiet villages - Route 132 is free of heavy highway traffic - whose Victorian riverfront homes recall the turn-of the-century resort era.

From Rivière-du-Loup, the river widens to 23 kilometres, and is referred to as the "sea". This is the start of the "Route des Phares". You can visit three lighthouses in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. This is also the place for island tours and whale watching cruises.

Stop off in the Trois-Pistoles area to hear some tall tales and encounter the Basque culture. From Saint-Simon to Rimouski, the route runs briefly alongside rocky outcroppings and bars. The river appears through the mountains and the Bic islands, making this one of the most spectacular landscapes in the region. Stop at Parc national du Bic; you'll find a multitude of activities that let you enjoy the natural beauties of this site.

Rimouski, the regional urban centre, faces the river. Stroll along the shore walk or go to the sandy beach at Sainte-Luce, a few kilometres further.

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