The Québec maritime Blog
Are you planning a road trip in the maritime regions of Québec? Do you know that Québec has official tourist routes you can explore to discover specific themes while enjoying a multitude of services along the way?
Created to showcase local attractions and picturesque scenery, the tourist routes of Québec will take you on scenic roads off the main highways. Québec has 18 official tourist routes, which run along the St. Lawrence or through the countryside and are clearly indicated with blue road signs.
Official tourist routes in Eastern Québec
Route des Navigateurs (Navigators’ Route) – Bas-Saint-Laurent
The Navigators’ Route takes you along the St. Lawrence River on Route 132, first through the regions of Centre-du-Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches and then across Bas-Saint-Laurent, from La Pocatière to Sainte-Luce. Stop in the many rest areas along the way to admire the majestic St. Lawrence.
Route des Frontières (Border Route) – Bas-Saint-Laurent
Stretching from Saint-André-de-Kamouraska to Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande on Route 289, the Border Route will take you along the border of the province of Québec through picturesque scenery featuring farmland, forests and lakes.
What to see or do along this tourist route: Lake Pohénégamook and the many activities it offers, magnificent rivers, interpretive panels that highlight key moments in this border territory’s history
Route des Monts Notre-Dame (Notre-Dame Mountains Route) – Bas-Saint-Laurent
Running from Saint-Luce to Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande, this route will take you through the Notre-Dame Mountains via scenic segments of routes 298, 234, 232, 296 and 295.
What to see or do along this tourist route: Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata, the Centre de mise en valeur des Opérations Dignité (a centre that commemorates protests against forced government relocations in the 1970s), treetop trekking in an old-growth forest (where you can also stay in a log inn), a canyon you can cross via the highest suspension footbridge in the province, a maple economuseum that produces fine alcoholic beverages, a stroll along the St. Lawrence on the Promenade de l’Anse-aux-Coques boardwalk
Route des Baleines (Whale Route) – Côte-Nord
The Whale Route follows Route 138 from Tadoussac all the way to Kegaska, through a vast region that is known as one of the best places in the world to observe marine mammals. To continue your adventure beyond the end of the road, you can board the Bella Desgagnés cargo ship and set off to explore the Lower North Shore!
What to see or do along this tourist route: whale watching (obviously!) on land or by boat, 4 national parks, hiking along the Saguenay Fjord, bird watching, spectacular dams, archipelagoes shaped by the sea
Which of these tourist routes will you explore during your next vacation in the maritime regions of Québec?