The Québec maritime Blog

8 Getaway Ideas for a Romantic Trip in Eastern Québec

   |   By Annick Beauchemin

Are you looking for inspiration for your next romantic getaway? Look no further! In Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine, you’ll find everything you need to fan the flames of love with your significant other. The sea and spectacular landscapes have the power to evoke a range of emotions, from serenity to exhilaration. Sounds amazing, right? All you have to do now is choose which of these spots to visit on your next trip as a couple!

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Why Visit the Îles de la Madeleine Early in the Season

   |   By Julie Soyez

Have you been dreaming of visiting the Îles de la Madeleine one day? So far and yet so close at the same time, these magical islands are unique in every way, not least because of their spectacular scenery. In this blog post, I’m inviting you to discover this archipelago in the soft spring light of May and June, a time of year that offers many opportunities for authentic experiences.

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Snowmobiling in Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie

   |   By Yves Ouellet

Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie are two regions that are deeply connected in the winter, offering you access to both the sea and mountains. Once enough snow falls, they’re crisscrossed with snowmobile trails that will take you along the St. Lawrence to the easternmost edge of the province of Québec.

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Meet Artisans from Eastern Québec

   |   By Marie-Ève Blanchard

The natural elements found in the forest and in the St. Lawrence have always been a source of inspiration—and this is certainly true in the maritime regions of Québec! The exceptional beauty of these regions as well as their distinctive features inspire many talented local artists and artisans. Seaweed, moss, fur, lichen, seashells and more are used by residents of Québec by the Sea to create unique and beautiful items and works of art. It’s hard not to fall in love with the creations of these artisans, many of whom are also environmentally conscious!

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There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather in Eastern Québec!

   |   By Julie Soyez

Your suitcases are packed, you’re feeling excited about your upcoming trip to Eastern Québec, but then you see a disappointing weather forecast… What if we told you that wind, unusual tides, fog and even snowstorms could make your stay in our regions even more unforgettable? Would you believe it…?

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Cozy Accommodations You Won’t Want to Leave

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

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.

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Snowmobiling: What to See in Côte-Nord

   |   By Anthony Lepage

The Côte-Nord region is made up of vast, unspoiled natural landscapes that are criss-crossed by many kilometres of snowmobile trails. Discover the sights you shouldn’t miss on your next snowmobile trip in this region!

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Snowmobiling: Ride Farther with the Matane–Baie-Comeau/Godbout Ferry

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Boarding the F.-A.-Gauthier ferry on your snowmobile to cross the waters of the St. Lawrence in the winter is an adventure you’ll want to experience at least once in your life (and why not more?!)! You can enjoy this crossing while exploring the regions of Côte-Nord, Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent, which are all popular snowmobile destinations in Eastern Québec.

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3 Good Reasons to Visit the Maritime Regions of Québec in the Winter

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Every year in late November or early December, the first snow falls on our regions… Gradually, as temperatures drop, frost covers the windows, icicles form along rooflines, trees are covered in pristine snow, and landscapes are blanketed in a thick layer of white. In other words, winter sets in for the long haul! Here are three good reasons to visit our regions during this magical season!

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Snowmobiling: What to See in Bas-Saint-Laurent

   |   By Anthony Lepage

Bas-Saint-Laurent is an ideal destination for your next snowmobile trip since this region offers 1800 km (1100 mi.) of high-quality trails as well as landscapes featuring the sea, hills and lakes. Find out more about the winter wonderland that await you in this region!

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Snowmobiling: What to See in Gaspésie

   |   By Anthony Lepage

Gaspésie is a popular snowmobile destination that offers breathtaking sea and mountain scenery as well as 3000 km (1900 mi.) of marked and well-groomed trails. Discover this region’s must-see spots on your next snowmobile trip!

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What to See by Snowmobile in Eastern Québec: The Notre-Dame Mountains

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Bas-Saint-Laurent is a particularly popular snowmobile destination, not only because it offers seaside trails, but also because you can ride inland through the Notre-Dame Mountains. Snowmobiling in this area will give you the opportunity to admire views of pristine valleys, snow-covered forests and frozen lakes. Here are a few spots you may want to add to your itinerary!

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Snowmobile Contest: An Interview with a Winner

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

In February 2023, Lou Lanthier, a resident of Ontario, was finally able to go on the trip he won during our 2021-2022 snowmobile contest. Mr. Lanthier won an 8-day, 7-night stay in Côte-Nord in the company of three guests. We asked him a few questions about his snowmobile adventure upon his return.

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Snowmobile-Friendly Lodging in Bas-Saint-Laurent

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

From Kamouraska to Rimouski via Rivière-du-Loup and the interior, Bas-Saint-Laurent offers a wide range of scenery. Explore the region along the Bas-Saint-Laurent – Gaspésie Snowmobile Tour or find a home base and ride on loop trails. Here are four establishments you may want to add to your itinerary.

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6 Steps to Help You Plan Your Snowmobile Trip in Eastern Québec

   |   By Anthony Lepage

Are you planning to go on a snowmobile trip this winter? The regions of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord in Eastern Québec are ideal snowmobile destinations thanks to heavy snowfall and the many snowmobile-friendly services they offer. Keep reading to find out how to prepare for your snowmobile trip in our regions so you can enjoy it to the fullest!

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Snowmobile-Friendly Lodging in Gaspésie

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Famous for abundant snowfall and a vast trail network of over 3000 kilometres (1900 miles), Gaspésie is a dream destination for snowmobilers. In addition, Gaspesians are renowned for their warm welcome. See for yourself by stopping in any of the following lodging establishments during your stay in the region.

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Explore UNESCO Sites in Eastern Québec

   |   By Québec maritime

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) gives World Heritage status to places or properties around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. The organization also designates other types of sites, such as global geoparks and biosphere reserves. All three designations are found in the maritime regions of Québec.

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Why Our Regions Are Safe Snowmobile Destinations

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Every year, the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord regions delight snowmobile enthusiasts! Did you know that, in addition to being renowned for their spectacular scenery, these regions of Eastern Québec have a reputation for being very safe snowmobile destinations? Keep reading to find out why!

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What to Visit in Our Regions: 8 of Québec’s Most Beautiful Villages

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

As you travel throughout the maritime regions of Québec, you’ll come across many charming villages, each with a history worth discovering. But did you know that there’s an association of the most beautiful villages of Québec, which has the mission to promote the architectural and historical heritage of these villages as well as the quality of their landscapes? The criteria for being part of this association include a population under 8000, at least one classified heritage building and a few recognized heritage buildings, exceptional scenery and nearby tourist attractions. Here then are eight villages in our regions that meet all these requirements and more!

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Our Regions Seen from Above

   |   By Anthony Lepage

Québec by the Sea covers an immense territory, and each of its four regions has its own distinct characteristics. Discover the spectacular scenery that awaits you here with these magnificent views from above that will give you an idea of the vastness of our natural playground.

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Books to Transport You to Québec by the Sea: Our Recommendations

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

One of the reasons I love reading so much is that it takes me to other places. Books transport me into another world, into settings depicted in detail, and I become attached to a host of characters who accompany me on my discoveries. Are you planning a trip to the maritime regions of Québec? If so, here are a few novels I recommend you immerse yourself in, so you’ll feel right at home once you arrive at your destination!

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Kamouraska: A Must-See Mushroom Tourism Destination!

   |   By Pascale G. Malenfant

More and more travellers are looking for meaningful travel experiences, contact with nature and local communities, a better understanding of the forest and the opportunity to enjoy gourmet delights. The Kamouraska area, in Bas-Saint-Laurent, is a mushroom tourism destination that will meet these travel objectives with a distinctive offer showcasing forest mushrooms!

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Parc national de Miguasha: When Fish Ruled the World

   |   By Olivier Matton

Waves crash on the beach, creating a soothing sound. In the water, fish abound. At first glance, this may sound like a description of one of Gaspésie’s many enchanting coastal landscapes. In fact, it is… some 380 million years ago, in the middle of the Devonian Period. Parc national de Miguasha offers visitors the opportunity to discover what links us to this mysterious lost world, thanks to the park’s exceptional fossil collection.

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Taking Wildlife Photos on Vacation: A Few Tips from a Nature Photographer

   |   By Jean-Christophe Lemay

Who hasn’t wanted to meet the gaze of a charismatic red fox or admire magnificent humpback whales? Québec is home to many spectacular landscapes and lush natural environments. Over the past 10 years, I’ve had the privilege of exploring this magnificent territory and photographing a wide range of wild animals and spectacular scenes. Based on my first-hand experiences during these outings, here are a few practical tips to optimize your chances of having great encounters with Québec’s wildlife and capturing unique photos!

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En Route to Rimouski

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

Rimouski offers the best of both worlds, combining urban vitality with proximity to nature. Even in the heart of the city, it’s easy to escape from it all along the magnificent Promenade de la Mer boardwalk, which runs along the St. Lawrence. Offering lively festivals and breathtaking coastal scenery, Rimouski is the ideal destination for a road trip that will remain etched in your memory forever!

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8 Places to Stop and Take Photos on a Road Trip in Eastern Québec

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

While on a road trip, you’ll want to take a break every so often to stretch your legs for a few minutes. Why not combine this with the pleasure of stopping in a beautiful spot where you can also take great photos with your camera or smartphone? Here are 8 places to stop and take photos on your next vacation in the maritime regions of Québec.

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The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

   |   By Olivier Pierson

The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is an ideal place to observe whales. From May to October, discovery and wonder await you in this marine protected area located at the confluence of the fresh waters of the Saguenay River and the salt waters of the St. Lawrence Estuary.

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6 Lighthouses to Discover in Côte-Nord

   |   By Patrick Matte

Located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence Estuary, the Côte-Nord region is a true natural gem. Home to vast wilderness areas, long sandy beaches and iconic lighthouses, this region is a favourite among nature lovers and adventurers. Keep reading to learn more about the lighthouses of Côte-Nord.

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11 Lighthouses to Discover in Gaspésie

   |   By Patrick Matte

Gaspésie is home to breathtaking landscapes, picturesque villages and natural sites of great beauty. But did you know that the Gaspé Peninsula is also known for its lighthouses, which bear witness to the region’s maritime past and still fascinate visitors today? These sentinels of the sea offer spectacular views of the cliffs and the St. Lawrence. Keep reading to learn more about the lighthouses of Gaspésie.

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