The Québec maritime Blog
Imagine landscapes of coastline, countryside, mountains and villages facing the St. Lawrence as it widens into the sea... This gives you an idea of what awaits you in the Kamouraska area, in Bas-Saint-Laurent. This sector, which stretches from La Pocatière to Saint-André, includes several picturesque towns and villages that offer many attractions. Discover them during your next vacation and remember to breathe in the salty sea air while you’re there! Here are five good reasons to visit the Kamouraska area.
1. Stroll through one of Québec’s most beautiful villages
Located at the centre of the Kamouraska area, the village of Kamouraska is officially recognized as one of the most beautiful in Québec. During a stroll through this coastal village, let yourself be charmed by the main street, which is lined with boutiques as well as homes built in a style typical of 19th-century resort towns. Then head towards the coast to admire the St. Lawrence, islands, the wharf and the intriguing fish weirs used to catch eels… If you happen to be out at the right time of the day, you can also take in a breathtaking sunset!
2. Delight your palate
The Kamouraska area is a popular foodie destination, which is hardly surprising since it is home to several innovative food producers—be sure to visit the bakery, cheese factory and microbrewery! Since the area is located along the coast, you will also find fresh fish and seafood on just about every menu! Have you ever tasted eel? This regional specialty is available for purchase in local fish markets. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll want to visit La Fée Gourmande, a chocolate shop that makes its own chocolates and caramels. Many regional products are also available in local restaurants such as the Côte Est café-bistro, which offers a menu featuring seasonal ingredients.
3. Discover local talent
The artists and artisans of Kamouraska are famous for their know-how and imagination. Is it living so close to the sea that inspires such talent? See for yourself as you visit the many artisan workshops, art galleries and boutiques in this area. Consider taking home a souvenir: paintings, sculptures, jewellery, ceramic pieces, woodworking items, soaps made with rice bran oil and more. You are bound to find the perfect gift!
4. Soak up local history
Given its rich history and heritage, it’s not surprising that the Kamouraska area is home to so many museums and interpretation sites. Enjoy visiting local churches and heritage buildings, including the old courthouse and the schoolhouse. To find out more about eel fishing, tour the eel interpretation site. Located in a former convent built in 1851, the Musée regional de Kamouraska invites you to discover life in this village from the early days of colonization. Accompanied by guides dressed in period costume, learn about the seigneury, schooners, fishing and more. This museum will delight curious minds!
5. Admire the scenery from the shore, the water or the mountains
The Kamouraska area is also an ideal place to enjoy the great outdoors! While hikers can explore the many trails in this area, cyclists can ride the Route Verte cycling trail, which runs along the St. Lawrence. Want to see the coast from a different angle? Go sea kayaking! You can paddle around the islands in the St. Lawrence. Mountain climbing enthusiasts will be awed by the views from the tops of the cliffs in Saint-André—the rock walls made of orthoquartzite make this sector a very popular climbing destination.
So, what do you think? Which of these attractions in Haute-Gaspésie will you visit during your road trip along the Bas-Saint-Laurent – Gaspésie Tour?