The Québec maritime Blog
Bordered by the sea, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine are all windswept regions where you can fill up on fresh air. As you stroll along the St. Lawrence, you may come across outdoor enthusiasts who know how to make the most of the windy conditions in our regions. Why not try it out for yourself? Here are a few wind sports to enjoy in the maritime regions of Québec.
Watching big kites fly over the sea is endlessly fascinating—and many sites in our regions offer ideal conditions for kitesurfing. In the Îles de la Madeleine, the variety of sites, wind speeds and the warm temperate climate that last until late September delight kitesurfers. The Aérosport team in L’Étang-du-Nord can introduce you to this fun activity. You’ll appreciate their private beach with shallow water and the instructors’ tips on how to master this sport. You can also try stunt kiting and kite buggying with this company. (Kite buggying involves travelling at high speed in a light, purpose-built vehicle powered by a traction kite.) Offering endless sandy beaches, the Islands are the perfect location for this unusual experience.
You can also enjoy all of these wind sports (as well as windsurfing) on your own in many areas along the coasts of our regions. Tourist information bureaus can provide you with more details, and locals can also give you tips on where to go.
Would you like to go sailing? In the Îles de la Madeleine, you can participate in a guided 1.5-hour excursion at Parc de Gros-Cap, which will give you the opportunity to admire the beauty of the landscape from a completely different angle. You can also observe many seabirds and maybe even seals as you sail. If you’re an experienced sailor, you can rent your own boat. Note that sailing is also available in other beautiful places in our regions, including Tadoussac in Côte-Nord and Chaleur Bay in Gaspésie.
The winds of Eastern Québec also inspire various events and festivals such as the Kite Fest in Pointe-aux-Outardes, in Côte-Nord. This family-friendly festival takes place at Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes, a natural site that showcases various ecosystems, including the beaches and tidal flats of the St. Lawrence.
Are you inspired to try out some of these wind sports? The maritime regions of Québec invite you to come and have fun in the wind, in idyllic locations at the heart of the St. Lawrence!