Discover Our Regions

The maritime regions of Québec are four of the tourist regions in Eastern Québec: Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine. Although very different from each other, these regions are united by the sea and a maritime tradition.

Whether you are an outdoor lover or foodie, are interested in historical or cultural heritage, or want to see whales, birds, moose or caribou in their natural habitat, the maritime regions of Québec have everything you need for a truly exceptional vacation.

Welcoming and generous, the people of our regions look forward to sharing their culture and joie de vivre with you!

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Our Regions In Brief

  • 3000 kilometres (1900 miles) of coastline
  • A vast territory of 280,000 km2 (108,000 sq. mi.)
  • 10 national parks
  • 13 species of whales
  • 250,000 migratory birds on Bonaventure Island, including 116,000 northern gannets
  • 166,000 wild white-tailed deer on Anticosti Island
  • Fewer than 400,000 inhabitants
  • A Lighthouse Trail that includes over 40 sentinels of the sea
  • 25 summits over 1000 metres (3300 feet) in Gaspésie National Park
  • Thousands of lakes and rivers
  • An impact crater 75 kilometres (45 miles) in diameter

Seasons in Our Regions

Spring

Spring

Spring marks the start of the fishing season, which means an abundance of snow crab, lobster and fresh fish throughout our regions. This is also the season for observing migratory birds and welcoming back marine mammals that spent the winter elsewhere. Spring is a time of renewal, when everything looks fresh and beautiful. Come and breathe in the sea air!

Summer

Summer

Summer means warm weather and an abundance of activities. This time of year is ideal for outings in national parks, whale watching, sea excursions and visiting heritage sites. You can also just take it easy and enjoy quiet strolls along the many beaches and shores in our regions. Do you prefer mountains? The Appalachians in Gaspésie and the Groulx Mountains in Côte-Nord will please you with their summits over 1000 metres (3300 feet).

Fall

Fall

In our regions, the changing hues of the tideland grasses are an unmistakable sign that fall has arrived. The air is crisp and invigorating, and the leaves gradually turn bright yellow, orange and red. This is a great time of year for hiking, cycling or visiting national parks. You can also observe moose and caribou, as well as numerous species of birds.

Winter

Winter

Are you a snowmobile, ski or snowshoe enthusiast? Do you want to see whitecoats (baby seals) on the ice surrounding the Îles de la Madeleine? Would you like to go dogsledding and experience what it was like to be a coureur des bois (fur trapper of old)? What about spending the night in a yurt? To experience all this and more, visit the maritime regions of Québec this winter and enjoy our magical winter wonderland!