The Route des Navigateurs

195 kilometres, one way
From Pocatière to Sainte-Luce

Along Route 132 from the Centre-du-Québec and Chaudières-Appalaches regions, you will take the Route des Navigateurs, Bas-Saint-Laurent section, by the Kamouraska at La Pocatière. You will then go through a string of small and quiet villages (the highway frees Route 132 of heavy circulation) that are home to Victorian houses facing the river and recalling the glorious era ofseaside resorts during the 19th century.

Starting in Rivière-du-Loup, the river, 23-kilometer large, is wide to the point that it is now called “the sea”. Here also starts the “Lighthouse Road”. You will be able to visit three of them on the Bas-Saint-Laurent territory: the Pot à L'Eau-de-Vie island archipelago lighthouse located off Rivière-du-Loup; the Île Verte lighthouse, the oldest of the St. Lawrence; and the Pointe-au-Père lighthouse in Rimouski.

It is also in Bas-Saint-Laurent that is spread a group of islands, which are accessible to visitors. Seagoing trips allow learning more about St. Lawrence wildlife and flora, whether it is by kayak, infl atable boat, or bigger crafts for whale watching.

In the Trois-Pistoles area, let yourself be charmed by a few legends and discover the Basque culture.

From Saint-Simon to Rimouski, the road borders momentarily rocky peaks and ledges. The river can be seen between the Bic mountains and islands, forming at that point one of the most remarkable scenery of the region. Stop by the Parc national du Bic: multiple activities allow you to enjoy each and every natural wonders of the site.

Rimouski, the regional metropolis, opens widely onto the river. Breathe sea air while strolling on the Promenade de la Mer or, afew kilometers farther, on the Sainte-Luce sandy beach, the meeting point of many holidaymakers.

After that, the Route des Navigateurs ends and you then enter the Gaspésie tourism region. Beginning in Sainte-Flavie, other adventures are awaiting you.

To have more information about this circuit, visit the official site of the route des Navigateurs, or the related brochure online.

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