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Discover the lighthouses along the banks and islands of the St. Lawrence

Lighthouse lamps have long-guided boats sailing on the mighty St. Lawrence, protecting them from the many dangers of the unpredictable river. While they still play their vital, protective role, the Bas-Saint-Laurent’s lighthouses on the Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie Islands, Île Verte and at Pointe-au-Père have become iconic coastal landmarks. Enjoy unbeatable river views and try your hand at playing lighthouse keeper by spending the night in one of these historic maritime locations.

Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie Islands Lighthouse

Off the coast of Rivière-du-Loup, the Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie lighthouse has become a regional landmark. Built on a rocky promontory, the lighthouse’s impressive location is seconded only by the views from the top. What’s more, the three islands forming the archipelago are a haven for large colonies of waterbirds. Don’t feel like leaving? Spend the night at the lighthouse inn where you can tuck into a delicious meal and enjoy a great night’s sleep.
Lighthouse Inn

Île Verte Lighthouse

Île Verte’s lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse on the St. Lawrence, dating back to 1809, earning it National Historic Site status. The lighthouse houses museum exhibits about its rich history. There’s also a café in the summertime where you can grab a bite to eat and a refreshing drink, and houses available to rent. The reef views are incredible.
Île Verte Tourist Route

Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse

Pointe-au-Père lighthouse is enormous, in fact, it’s the second-tallest lighthouse in Canada! Its architecture is simply magnificent and the public can climb all the way to the top (128 steps—not for the fainthearted) to take in the breathtaking view. The lighthouse is part of the larger Pointe-Au-Père site historique maritime, which also includes the Onondaga submarine and the Empress of Ireland Museum where you can learn more about the greatest maritime tragedy in Canadian history.
Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site

Marine Wildlife

The St. Lawrence is home to an incredible array of marine wildlife
Marine Wildlife