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4 new things to do in Bas-Saint-Laurent this summer!

Wend, July 20, 2022

Credit : Canyon des Portes de l'Enfer, Saint-Narcisse-de-Rimouski @Mathieu Dupuis

Les Perchoirs du Cirque de la Pointe-Sèche - Saint-Germain-de-Kamouraska  

Located just a stone's throw from the Cirque de la Pointe-Sèche, Les Perchoirs du Cirque offers unusual glamping-style accommodations whose architectural creativity reflects the contortions of circus life!  

Five cabins integrated into the natural environment - Râ, Krak, Yuka, Ipon and Ikar - some suspended, some on the steep mountainside, some on top of it, they all offer a splendid view of the magnificent St. Lawrence River. The perchoirs are all unique in their artistic shape and their incredible location in nature. What a luxurious minimalist lodging for outdoor enthusiasts! 

From July 6 to September 4, 2022, you'll have the chance to kill two birds with one stone by attending the all-new Cirque de la Pointe-Sèche show - even more impressive in its skill and surrealism - and then go to sleep in your nearby perchoir. Every night, the perchoirs area will be surrounded by a festive and acrobatic ambience! 

A unique pairing for a very unusual getaway! 

Credit : Perchoirs du Cirque de la Pointe-Sèche
Credit : Cirque de la Pointe-Sèche @Yoann Pallacio
Credit : Cirque de la Pointe-Sèche

The St.Laurent Distillery invites you to visit its new and beautifully designed barrel-aging building located right next to the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site. 

A salt air permeable aging cellar, a café bar with a unique view of the river, a tasting room and a boutique have been added to the new facilities.  

Known for its St.Laurent Gin, Gin Citrus and Gin Vieux, the distillery also produces St.Laurent Whisky 3 grains 3 year-old with local grains as well as St.Laurent Acerum 1 year-old, a brand new class of spirit made from the distillation of maple syrup. 

Tours of the distillery will focus on the design of the facilities, with a visit of the production and barrel storage areas as well as tastings. The waterfront terrace will be a great place to end the tour with a drink! 

Credit : Gin St.Laurent, Distillerie du St.Laurent @JC Lemay
Credit : Distillerie St.Laurent

TERFA - Canyon des Portes de l'Enfer - Saint-Narcisse-de-Rimouski 

After a merger between two well-established companies, Terfa-Canyon des Portes de l'Enfer added 8 km of hiking trails to its initial 15 km network.  

A new immersive activity for all ages has also been added, the Maze of Secrets, where visitors must find the right clues in order to find their way out of this life-size maze made of wood!  

Phase II of the interactive trail, The Devil's Trail, will also be opened to the clientele at the beginning of July!  The Devil wants to burn down the forest and Thuya, the oldest cedar, comes to thwart his plans. The trail is made up of six thatched cottages where visitors pause to enjoy an experience that takes them into another world technologically created. The Devil's Trail is a one-kilometre loop - starting from the first parking lot after the Gates of Oniria - that takes about 30 minutes to complete.  

There are also many new developments on the Terfa-Duchénier Wildlife Reserve.  

In addition to the construction in the forest of 11 panoramic rustic chalets to welcome visitors, a new 4-season reception post has been added and facilities for a future campground will be part of the overall landscape this summer! 

Credit : Suspended footbridge of the Canyon des Portes de l'Enfer @Mathieu Dupuis
Credit : Portes d'Oniria @Canyon des Portes de L'Enfer
Credit : Grand Saut falls @Mathieu Dupuis

Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père and The Superpowers of the Onondaga Submarine - Rimouski 

The official unveiling of the outdoor course “The Superpowers of the Onondaga” will be in early May (so we'll keep it a secret until then, right?), but if you're too curious to wait you can take a look at this post (in french). The course will be open from June 10 until the end of the season!  

In the meantime, a new historical website dedicated to Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père's (SHMP) photo and video archives of the submarine Onondaga is online - -where you can find a wealth of information on the ship's military career, its installation onsite at Pointe-au-Père and a series of testimonials from the ship's retired submariners! 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the partnership between Parks Canada and  (SHMP)! On June 26, 1982, Parks Canada and SHMP signed an agreement to open the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site to the public and provide interpretation. An evening event will be held on July 13th during the 7th edition of Lighthouse Day (that too is top secret!) The event will be open to the public and video capsules will be posted on social networks in May to generate interest. 

The Pointe-au-Père lighthouse is officially reopening its... steps after two years of closure due to you-know-what. The SHMP team is looking forward to welcoming back its visitors who are eager to climb the 2nd highest lighthouse in the country! 

As for the Empress of Ireland Museum, the show “The Last Voyage” can once again be watched during the visit and the anniversary of the shipwreck of the night of 28-29 May will be marked by a visit from historian David Saint-Pierre who has acquired a magnificent album of period photos. 


Credit : The Superpowers of the Onondaga Submarine
Credit : The Superpowers of the Onondaga Submarine
Credit : Pointe-au-Père lighthouse @Mathieu Dupuis

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