The Québec maritime Blog

Belugas on the Horizon

   |   By Parc marin du Saguenay–Saint-Laurent

Did you know that belugas lives right in the heart of the St. Lawrence Estuary? This isolated and fragile population was the driving force behind a grassroots movement to protect the marine ecosystems of the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay Fjord, which eventually led to the creation of Québec’s first marine protected area in 1998: the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park.

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8 Cafés in Eastern Québec to Add to Your Itinerary

   |   By Annick Beauchemin

Whether it’s a cool day or bright and sunny out, there’s nothing like a good cup of hot or iced coffee to keep you going as you travel throughout Eastern Québec. Here are eight great spots to stop for your daily dose of caffeine during your road trip in our regions. Be prepared to meet friendly and passionate people and enjoy excellent beverages!

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The Lighthouse Trail

   |   By Tanya Paquet

By travelling from one lighthouse to the next, you’ll discover beautiful sites overlooking the sea, many of which were once only accessible to the lightkeepers and their families. The Lighthouse Trail invites you to visit nearly 20 of these sentinels of the sea.

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Where to See Whales in Côte-Nord

   |   By Jean-Pierre Sylvestre, Le Québec maritime

The Côte-Nord region is recognized as one of the best places in the world to see marine mammals. Follow the Whale Route from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon, and you may observe up to 13 different species of whales! To help you plan your vacation, here are some observation sites you won’t want to miss in this region.

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6 Picnic Spots in the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Annick Beauchemin

The Îles de la Madeleine are an ever-popular destination for lovers of wide-open spaces and local flavours from the land and sea. Not surprisingly, the Islands offer a multitude of ideal settings for memorable picnics. As you explore the region, you’ll have no trouble finding THE perfect spot! Keep reading to discover the best places to purchase picnic fixings and where to enjoy outdoor feasts on this archipelago. Are you ready to hit the road?

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6 Picnic Spots in Côte-Nord

   |   By Annick Beauchemin

A renowned whale-watching destination, Côte-Nord also offers a diversity of landscapes to admire. Finding a good picnic spot is easy since there are so many beautiful parks and rest areas throughout the region. Set off on a road trip adventure along the Whale Route and let yourself be guided by your instincts. You’ll find all the picnic fixings you’ll need in the lovely shops you’ll come across along the way. Now all you need to do is get ready to hit the road!

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6 Picnic Spots in Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie

   |   By Annick Beauchemin

Fancy a picnic in some of the most beautiful places in Québec? Go on a road trip on Route 132 along the Bas-Saint-Laurent – Gaspésie Tour! You’ll find plenty of spots to enjoy a bite to eat, and you can feast your eyes as well as your taste buds. Here are six stops to add to your itinerary as well as places to stock up on fixings for your picnics. Ready to hit the road?

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How to Fully Enjoy Your Trip in Eastern Québec

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Are you planning to visit Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord or the Îles de la Madeleine? My biggest tip for enjoying your adventure to the fullest is to adopt the habits of the locals! Here are a few suggestions to help you discover these regions in a different way and enjoy a memorable trip.

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7 Beaches to Discover in Côte-Nord

   |   By Valère Brable

Bordered by 1250 km (775 mi.) of coastline, Côte-Nord is a true paradise for sea lovers. Whether you want to go swimming, go for a stroll or simply enjoy the tranquility and fresh sea air, the region is full of beautiful beaches just waiting to be explored. Here are seven you won’t want to miss!

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Outdoor Fun in the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Julie Soyez

Does breathing in the salty sea air of the Îles de la Madeleine while enjoying your favourite outdoor activities sound appealing? Whether you’re into soft adventures or an adrenaline junkie, there’s something for everyone on the archipelago!

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National Parks and Natural Sites: 4 Experiences Not to Miss

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Much to the delight of outdoor enthusiasts, the maritime regions of Québec are home to wide-open, unspoiled natural spaces, including 10 national parks and a wide variety of exceptional natural sites. Are you planning a trip to Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and/or the Îles de la Madeleine? Here are four experiences you won’t want to miss!

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5 Surprising Facts about Sept-Îles

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

Located along the St. Lawrence in Côte-Nord near the halfway point of the Whale Route, Sept-Îles offers the ultimate fusion of land and sea in a single destination. With a rich Innu heritage, remarkable history and breathtaking natural landscapes, this fascinating city has no shortage of attractions. Here are five facts about Sept-Îles that may surprise you and will hopefully inspire you to plan a getaway to this destination!

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Gourmet Trail Featuring the Local Flavours of the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Diane Drapeau

An enchanting archipelago in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine captivate all who set foot in this region. These islands buffeted by the wind offer many opportunities to connect deeply with nature in a place where time seems to stretch forever between each magnificent sunrise and sunset. Exploring this unique region also means immersing yourself in culinary adventures that feature local delicacies from the land and sea.

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Gourmet Trail Featuring the Local Flavours of Côte-Nord

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Côte-Nord is a region full of charm, where natural beauty and gourmet pleasures combine to offer you an extraordinary road trip experience. Renowned for being home to some of the world’s largest marine mammals, Côte-Nord is also home to many impressive land-based wonders. There’s something magical about this region, which you’ll soon discover as you dip your toes into the cold waters of the Estuary or Gulf of St. Lawrence while gazing at the horizon… Once you’ve set foot here, you’ll want to come back again and again. To discover the region’s many flavours, we suggest you follow the Whale Route, a 1730-km (1075-mi.) round-trip journey along Route 138, which will take you about 13 days if you include a cruise to the Lower North Shore.

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Gourmet Trail Featuring the Local Flavours of Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie are two regions of natural beauty that continually wow visitors from all over the world. In addition, foodies will be delighted by the local flavours from the land and sea available throughout these regions. The Bas-Saint-Laurent – Gaspésie Tour is a captivating road trip for those who enjoy unique landscapes and indulging in culinary delights.

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4 Unforgettable Things to Do in Côte-Nord

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

A land of nature beyond measure, Côte-Nord is a vacation destination that’s sure to charm you. This region is a vast natural playground that’s ideal for a multitude of outdoor and cultural activities. Here are four you won’t want to miss during a road trip in this region!

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Culture and Discoveries: 7 Experiences Not to Miss

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

History and culture buffs will love visiting the maritime regions of Québec, which offer a multitude of activities and sites where you can satisfy your curiosity and create memories of a lifetime. Are you planning a trip to Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord or the Îles de la Madeleine? Here are 7 experiences you won’t want to miss!

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Discover the Many Treasures of Natashquan!

   |   By Olivier Pierson

Natashquan, which means “where one hunts for bear” in the Innu language, still feels a little bit like the edge of the world, no doubt because this village of nearly 300 people in Côte-Nord was, until very recently, the end of Route 138.

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12 Natural Sites for Outdoor Lovers to Discover in Our Regions

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

Home to many natural sites worth exploring, Eastern Québec provides an incredible playground for all your outdoor adventures. Let yourself be charmed by the diversity of landscapes in our regions, from rugged coastlines and vast forests to majestic mountains. Here is a glimpse of the natural treasures that await you on your next getaway to our fascinating destinations!

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5 Good Reasons to Visit Baie-Comeau

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Côte-Nord is home to a unique place that offers glacial history, fascinating industrial and maritime heritage, and access to wild and natural environments. You’ll find all of this and more in Baie-Comeau, a city located about 200 km (120 mi.) east of Tadoussac. Want more details? Here are five good reasons to visit this dynamic city and the surrounding area!

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5 Good Reasons to Visit the Matapédia Valley

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Cutting through the Chic-Choc and Notre-Dame mountains, the Matapédia Valley* stretches from the village of Sainte-Angèle-de-Mérici to the village of Matapédia, in Gaspésie. This area features mountains, fields, forests, lakes and rivers, all of which will delight outdoor enthusiasts. Here are five good reasons to visit the Matapédia Valley.

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5 Surprising Facts about Rimouski

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

A seaside city offering both urban vitality and proximity to nature, Rimouski promises you a stay that will meet all your expectations, whether you’re a culture lover, outdoor enthusiast or history buff. Are you planning to visit this city in Bas-Saint-Laurent during your next vacation? Here are five facts about Rimouski that may surprise you!

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Whale and Wildlife Observation: 4 Experiences Not to Miss

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

The maritime regions of Québec are home to numerous wildlife species, many of which can be observed in their natural habitats: whales, seals, birds, moose, black bears, white-tailed deer and more! If you’re a wildlife lover, here are 4 experiences you won’t want to miss during a vacation in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine.

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Hiking along the Sea in Eastern Québec

   |   By Marie-Ève Blanchard

Nothing beats an invigorating walk along the St. Lawrence while lulled by the sound of the waves, the wind and the smell of the sea! Fill your lungs with salty sea air and feast your eyes with coastal beauty as you explore the trails along the shorelines of Eastern Québec.

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5 Good Reasons to Visit La Haute-Gaspésie

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Located on the north side of the Gaspé Peninsula, the Haute-Gaspésie area is a popular destination for nature lovers. Bordered by the sea on one side and the highest peaks of Québec on the other, the area’s 130 km (80 mi.) of shoreline are dotted with charming coastal villages offering warm hospitality. Here are five good reasons to visit Haute-Gaspésie.

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5 Good Reasons to Visit Gaspé

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Gaspé is a popular destination for outdoor lovers since it is home to a vast bay, internationally renowned salmon rivers, fine-sand beaches, a national park and many wildlife species. It also draws history buffs, who will want to visit the many local museums and interpretation sites. Discover our five good reasons to visit Gaspé!

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Discover the National Parks of Eastern Québec

   |   By Annick Beauchemin

Much to the delight of nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, Eastern Québec is home to 10 national parks scattered throughout the regions of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord. From amazing hikes and wildlife sightings to unique water sports, these parks offer numerous attractions and diverse landscapes. Each park is different, so lace up your hiking boots and set off to discover these spectacular natural sites!

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Road Trips in Eastern Québec: A New York Times Recommendation Plus Other Exceptional Sites

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Located in Côte-Nord, the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve received a major honour this year when it was selected as one of “52 Places to Go in 2024” by the prestigious New York Times. The archipelago ranks alongside many exceptional places around the world and, along with Whitehorse in the Yukon, is one of only two Canadian destinations on the list. And what better way to discover this jewel of our regions than on a road trip? Here then are some road trip ideas to explore Eastern Québec.

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5 Good Reasons to Visit La Baie-des-Chaleurs

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Offering long beaches protected from the wind, temperate waters, spectacular scenery and picturesque villages reflecting a rich cultural mosaic, this part of the Gaspé Peninsula has been attracting vacationers for decades. Here are five good reasons to visit the Chaleur Bay area.

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Farmers Markets in Eastern Québec: Fun and Authentic Foodie Experiences

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Your trip to the maritime regions of Québec would not be complete without immersing yourself in local culinary traditions. Whether you visit Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord or the Îles de la Madeleine, you’ll want to stop at local farmers markets (called marchés publiques, or public markets, in Québec), so you can discover local flavours, enjoy authentic foodie experiences and meet the food artisans who embody the heart and soul of their communities!

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