The Québec maritime Blog
While on vacation, your accommodations are often much more than just a room in which to spend the night, and this is especially true in the maritime regions of Québec. Fortunately, these destinations offer many places to stay where you’re sure to feel right at home, in carefully designed settings surrounded by fresh air and wide-open natural spaces. Keep reading to discover lodging establishments that are the perfect embodiment of hygge, the Scandinavian art of living that inspires us to find joy in the simplest things.
Accommodations in the heart of nature
Would you like to experience a stay in a “tiny house”-style chalet? Head for Domaine Floravie, just outside Parc national du Bic in Bas-Saint-Laurent! Even though these units are small (20 feet by 10 feet), every detail has been considered so you’ll want for nothing and have as little impact on the environment as possible! The chalets are ideally located along the water in a field of wildflowers, which means they also include stunning views of the St. Lawrence. Sounds like a dream place to stay, doesn’t it?
In the forest in Gaspésie, near Chaleur Bay, you’ll find [ÈST] Éco-cabines, a cluster of cabins in an enchanting site that combine modern amenities with a rustic touch. With their minimalist design, the cabins blend perfectly into the landscape, whatever the season. Take advantage of your stay to explore the surrounding trails and relax in the thermal spas, which you can rent exclusively. This is a great place to recharge your batteries while on vacation!
Imagine sipping your morning coffee and breathing in the fresh sea air as you soak up the changing colours of the St. Lawrence just a few steps from your bed. Travellers who stay in one of the Panora seaside lodges in the La Haute-Gaspésie sector can have this experience every morning! If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can still admire the view through your lodge’s huge windows. Nestled in a cove that’s not visible from the road, these modern and fully equipped units with a private hot tub will provide you with an ultra comfortable stay.
A one-of-a-kind adventure awaits you in Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes, in Côte-Nord, where you can stay in a giant birdhouse! Inspired by various bird species found in the park (including the great gray owl, western osprey and eastern bluebird), these glamping units are full of surprises in a cozy environment brimming with creativity! Relax in a hammock, a hanging chair or even a nest-shaped bed! And of course, you’ll want to take the time to wander through the park’s many different ecosystems.
Overlooking the Bic Islands, which boast the most beautiful sunsets in the region, the Vieux Loup de Mer chalets will become part of your fondest memories of your vacation in Bas-Saint-Laurent. Showcasing the authentic charm of various traditional Québec dwellings, these restored and renovated wooden chalets each have their own unique character. Take the time to admire the coastal scenery, as well as the various elements that make up the decor in these units. Feeling peckish? Head over to the Garde-Manger to stock up on provisions, including delicious dishes prepared by local chefs, and discover some the region’s specialties at the same time!
Want to experience what it’s like to stay at the edge of the world? That’s the impression you’ll have in one of the Nautika Chalets, in Gaspésie. Located near the edge of a cliff overlooking Gaspé Bay and Forillon National Park, these Scandinavian-style units with large windows will welcome you in a light-filled space. You’ll appreciate the sleek and modern design of your cozy chalet as well as its surroundings, which are visited by a wide variety of birds.
La réCréation, a gorgeously restored old schoolhouse, opens its doors to you in the Îles de la Madeleine. Its two loft-style apartments (plus four bedrooms with private bathroom and access to a communal kitchen) are beautifully decorated, including with large, colourful canvases by Québec artist Louis Robichaud. This is the perfect place for an artistic retreat! The communal lounge (Salon du Moulin) can be used for a variety of classes and serves as a venue for musical happy hours in the early evening!
Art also occupies a special place in the tourist apartments available at La Ruelle Hébergement, in the La Baie-des-Chaleurs sector of Gaspésie. Each apartment offers a chic and rustic décor that features works by local artists and artisans. To learn more about the history of the site and its heritage home, go for a stroll along the heritage trail, which is dotted with interpretive panels.
This list is just a small sample of the accommodations that can provide you with a sense of well-being in our regions. Browse our “Where to Stay” section to find your own little corner of paradise! Want a tip on how to make the most of what the maritime regions of Québec have to offer? Take your time, linger in places you fall in love with, chat with the locals and live in the present moment! That is how you can really immerse yourself in the places you visit…