The Québec maritime Blog

Off the Coast of Bas-Saint-Laurent… A Sea of Flavours!

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Locals say: “This side is the sea!” And they’re quite right: the St. Lawrence Estuary, with its persistent tides and briny air, where the sun sets in dazzling displays of blushing pinks and blues, offers all the splendours of the sea. A sea whose salty waters abound with culinary treasures!

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The St. Lawrence: What to Do

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

The wide-open spaces in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine are often said to be immense natural playgrounds. Without a doubt, this also applies to the St. Lawrence, the majestic waterway that connects these beautiful regions and offers so many opportunities for fun!

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Savour the Unique Flavours of Gaspésie

   |   By Julie Aubé

Between sea breezes and wild forests, remote mountains and lively fishing harbours, cultivated fields and colourful villages, Gaspésie is home to a wide variety of landscapes that provide a wide range of locally grown and locally produced food.

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Savour the Unique Flavours of Côte-Nord

   |   By Julie Aubé

Côte-Nord is a land of nature beyond measure where you’ll find endless wild beaches, legendary archipelagos featuring rocks shaped by the sea, mighty rivers, peat bogs, whales and birds as well as the boreal forest and the taiga… wide-open spaces filled with fresh air and unique flavours to discover!

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The St. Lawrence: What to Discover

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Although Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine each have their own distinct characteristics, these regions are united by the sea, otherwise known as the St. Lawrence, an immense river and estuary that has shaped the culture of the people who live alongside it for centuries. Read on to find out more.

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The St. Lawrence: What to See

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

In Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine, one of the most significant elements of the landscape is the St. Lawrence, which will wow you at every turn. See stunning maritime scenery in Eastern Québec as you discover various facets of this immense river (called “the sea”) that adds so much to the picture-perfect beauty of our regions!

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12 Places to Photograph in the Winter

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

In the winter, the maritime regions of Québec are very photogenic! Covered in a thick blanket of snow, the landscapes sparkle in the sun and turn into a magical winter wonderland that is sure to enchant you. Here are a few places you’ll want to stop to take spectacular photos.

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What to See by Snowmobile in Eastern Québec: The Manicouagan Bridge

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Known for its vast and spectacular landscapes, Côte-Nord is a feast for the eyes for anyone who rides their snowmobile through this region. So it’s not that surprising that the region is home to the highest snowmobile bridge in the world! Find out more about the bridge over the Manicouagan River, which is such a thrill to ride across.

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What to See by Snowmobile in Eastern Québec: Mont-Saint-Pierre

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Gaspésie is known for its spectacular sea and mountain scenery. One of the best places to soak up these landscapes is in Mont-Saint-Pierre, on the north side of the peninsula. Once winter comes, the scenery takes on a whole new kind of beauty but remains just as impressive. Here’s a glimpse of what awaits you in this area.

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Bas-Saint-Laurent: A Dream Destination!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Bas-Saint-Laurent never ceases to amaze visitors, whatever the season! Find out more about this less well-known region of Québec and fall (or fall back) under its spell. Nicknamed Bas-du-Fleuve (which means “Lower River,” or Lower St. Lawrence), this peaceful territory has so much to offer!

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Winter Favourites from the Québec Maritime Team

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Many people dream of experiencing a real Québec winter… Are you one of them? Whether you’re drawn to the beauty of snowy landscapes or fun winter activities, you too can enjoy winter to the fullest in Eastern Québec! Discover below what the members of the Québec maritime team love about this time of the year.

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Côte-Nord: A Snowmobile Destination Worth Visiting

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Located in Eastern Québec, Côte-Nord attracts snowmobilers who are eager to explore vast snow-covered wilderness areas. So many memorable adventures await you in this region! Here are a few reasons to convince you that Côte-Nord should be one of your top destinations for a snowmobile expedition!

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Côte-Nord: A Dream Destination!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Vast and wild, the region of Côte-Nord, in Québec, is sure to awaken your spirit of adventure! The many unique treasures found here will pique your curiosity and make you dream of travel. Before setting off to discover this destination, find out more about the region’s distinctive features.

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Gaspésie: A Dream Destination!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

You may feel like you know all about Gaspésie—you’ve probably been hearing about this region for years, have seen famous Percé Rock on postcards and have heard about how welcoming the locals are—but this destination still has many surprises in store for you! Read on to discover why travellers fall more deeply in love with Gaspésie every time they visit!

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The Îles de la Madeleine: A Dream Destination!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Many people are unfamiliar with the Îles de la Madeleine, an archipelago that belongs to the province of Québec. And yet all it takes is seeing a few photos of these islands to fall under their spell! Before setting foot here, find out more about this destination where the scenery is as colourful as the locals’ accents!

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9 Places to Photograph During Your Next Snowmobile Trip

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

While exploring Eastern Québec by snowmobile, you’ll find many opportunities to admire magnificent views along the way. Be sure to stop for a break and take amazing photos while you’ll at it! Here are nine places you’ll want to photograph during your next snowmobile trip in Gaspésie, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Côte-Nord.

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Fall Favourites from the Québec Maritime Team

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Vibrant colours, leaves crackling underfoot, fresh air, abundant harvests… Fall in the maritime regions of Québec appeals to all the senses! This season is synonymous with comfort and offers many opportunities to experience the joys of life, as the members of the Québec maritime team attest here.

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5 Activities to Enjoy in Eastern Québec in the Fall

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Fall is a great season for a memorable vacation in the maritime regions of Québec. In addition to enjoying the milder weather, you can admire colourful fall landscapes! Here are five ideas to make the most of the beautiful fall days in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine.

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Savour the Unique Flavours of Bas-Saint-Laurent

   |   By Julie Aubé

The capital of spectacular sunsets, Bas-Saint-Laurent is not only home to beautiful landscapes that will awaken your senses and imagination: its unforgettable flavours are sure to delight your taste buds and create amazing foodie memories.

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Fall Hikes in Eastern Québec: What Not to Miss

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Fall is an ideal time of year to hike in the regions of Québec by the Sea, as the leaves turn flamboyant colours, temperatures become milder, and you can spot wildlife as they go about their natural lives. Whether you opt to explore the coast, the forest or the mountains, you’ll be surrounded by spectacular scenery!

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5 Lighthouses, 5 Fascinating Stories about Lightkeepers

   |   By Patrick Matte

The lighthouses of the St. Lawrence have witnessed significant moments in the country’s maritime history. This is also true of the lightkeepers and their families, courageous pioneers whose mission was to make navigation on the St. Lawrence safer. Find out more about these lightkeepers, who left their mark on the history of our regions and still spark our imagination today.

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Use Your 5 Senses to Discover the St. Lawrence!

   |   By Anne Pélouas

Engage your five senses to enjoy the St. Lawrence to the fullest in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine: immerse yourself in an environment that offers breathtaking views and unusual experiences between sea and mountains. Follow our guide below to awaken all your senses in our regions!

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Interview with Photographer Mathieu Dupuis

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Mathieu Dupuis loves exploring. With his camera in hand, he travels the world looking for the best angles to capture magnificent images that reflect the beauty of a region and the people who inhabit it. In his recent book published by National Geographic, Dupuis invites you to discover the richness and diversity of the province of Québec.

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4 Fascinating Historical Figures from Our Regions

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Over the last few centuries, several people who led unusual lives have spent some of their time in the regions of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine, and all have left their mark on the history and development of these regions. Here are four that are sure to fascinate you!

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20 Beaches to Visit in Eastern Québec

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Beaches are synonymous with summer vacation! Eastern Quebec is home to many superb seaside spots where you can bask in the sun, have fun or simply relax. Here are 20 beaches for you to discover, depending on your itinerary and what you’re looking for.

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Sea Fishing in Eastern Québec

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Considered a natural treasure of Québec, the St. Lawrence is a fascinating waterway! Here are a few places that will introduce you to the joys of sea fishing and where you can learn some of the secrets of aquaculture! So, will you set off on a memorable excursion this summer?

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Seaside Historic and Heritage Sites Worth Visiting

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

Fishing, navigation, historic battles, the fur trade... The maritime regions of Québec boast a rich history and natural heritage that are directly linked to the St. Lawrence. Many historic and heritage sites located in the coastal areas of the maritime regions of Québec recount different chapters of this history. Here are a few sites to add to your itinerary!

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Seaside Towns and Villages Worth Visiting

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

What better way to fill up on fresh air than a vacation by the sea! As you travel throughout the maritime regions of Québec, you’ll come across a multitude of towns and villages located along the St. Lawrence. Here are a few destinations we recommend you add to your itinerary.

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Winter Souvenirs of Gaspésie

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Over the past few years, Gaspésie has become an increasingly popular winter destination. Offering impressive amounts of snow and picture-postcard scenery, it has something for everyone! See for yourself through these photos found on Instagram.

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Winter Souvenirs of Côte-Nord

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Do you dream of an adventure-packed winter vacation surrounded by larger-than-life scenery? Côte-Nord is the destination for you! To give you an idea of what awaits you in this region, here are a few winter photos found on Instagram.

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Winter Souvenirs of Bas-Saint-Laurent

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Bas-Saint-Laurent is a charming and picturesque region in all seasons. In the winter, the snow-covered landscapes will delight outdoor enthusiasts and photography lovers. To give you an idea of what awaits you in this region in the cold season, here are a few winter souvenirs of Bas-Saint-Laurent found on Instagram.

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Winter Souvenirs of the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

When you think of the Îles de la Madeleine, you probably imagine red cliffs, rolling green hills and sandy beaches stretching out as far as the eye can see… But this archipelago in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence is just as attractive in the wintertime! Here are a few Instagram photos of the Islands in the cold season to prove it!

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Seabirds: 4 Species to Watch in Eastern Québec

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

In the maritime regions of Québec, the St. Lawrence is dotted with islands and islets as well as bordered by some 3000 km (1900 mi.) of cliffs, beaches and shorelines. It’s no wonder that impressive numbers of seabirds nest in our regions! Here are four species you can observe in their natural habitat.

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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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Winter in National Parks: The Best Views

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

When winter comes, nature puts on a thick layer of snow which gives a whole different character to the landscape. Slip on your toque, gloves and warm clothes, and come and enjoy the views in our national parks, in the maritime regions of Quebec. Here are a few suggestions for you.

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Guided Snowmobile Excursions in Eastern Quebec

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

A true paradise for snowmobilers, Eastern Québec receives large amounts of snow every winter and offers top-quality trails that provide access to unique landscapes. Why not take part in a guided snowmobile excursion to make the most of our regions in the winter?

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Îles de la Madeleine: Sea Activities for Everyone!

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

In the Îles de la Madeleine, you are surrounded by water, so it’s no wonder there are lots of sea activities on offer to help you discover the Islands! However, since the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence can be changeable, it’s best to be accompanied by a guide to explore them. Here are a few ways to play in the water in complete safety.

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Snowmobiling in Bas-Saint-Laurent: By the Sea or Inland

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Offering abundant snow, well-marked and groomed trails as well as both sea and forest scenery, Bas-Saint-Laurent is a popular snowmobiling destination. By accessing the region from the west, you can choose between two Trans-Québec trails that will provide you with very different snowmobile experiences.

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What Does Eastern Québec Look Like in the Fall?

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Fall in the maritime regions of Québec is a dream come true for many—and for good reason! If you’ve visited our regions in the summer, keep in mind that they have a completely different charm in the fall! See for yourself in these 8 photos posted on Instagram.

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Bird Watching in Gaspésie: Opportunities for Fall Sightings

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

The flamboyant colours of Gaspésie in the fall are an incredible sight! This season also offers opportunities for special moments to birdwatchers. Why is Gaspésie such a popular bird-watching destination? What species can you see in this region in the fall? Where are the best places to go to see birds? Find the answers here!

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Discover Our National Parks in the Fall!

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

In the maritime regions of Québec, fall is a prime time of year for outdoor activities, which means it’s a great season to visit our national parks! Milder temperatures, colourful landscapes and abundant wildlife make for a fun and memorable stay. Here’s an overview of what awaits you in our parks.

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Fall TLDG in Gaspésie: An Amazing Human Adventure!

   |   By Olivier Pierson

The Fall TDLG is first and foremost an amazing human adventure! It’s an opportunity to get back to the essentials, spent beautiful moments in nature with others and share good vibes. This festive outdoor adventure offers hikers the opportunity to trek for a week on seaside and mountain trails in Gaspésie.

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Bas-Saint-Laurent by Motorcycle: A Feast for the Eyes!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Although Stéphane Dufresne has visited many places in Eastern Canada, including New Brunswick, Ontario and other parts of Québec, Bas-Saint-Laurent remains his favourite. “It’s a beautiful spot where you’ll never get bored,” he explains. Regardless of what part of Bas-Saint-Laurent you explore, you’re guaranteed to meet welcoming people, discover incredible roads and, above all, want to come back for more!

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Savour the Flavours of Eastern Québec in the Fall

   |   By Julie Aubé

In the fall, the maritime regions of Québec offer you lots of wide-open space, colourful landscapes, invigorating fresh air and comfort as well as unique and unforgettable gourmet experiences! What a beautiful backdrop to enjoy the harvest season!

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Sweet Memories of Vacation in the Maritime Regions of Québec

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

Photos are always the best way for me to remember my vacations. At a single glance, I find myself transported back to the places where I took the photos: by looking at them, I can recall the precise moments, colours, sounds and smells associated with these places that I want to remember forever. Not surprisingly, I’ve been busy with my camera in the beautiful maritime regions of Québec.

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Anticosti Island: A Captivating Vacation Destination

   |   By Olivier Pierson

A wild island at the heart of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Anticosti captivates visitors with spectacular scenery and fascinating history. It’s impossible to resist the natural charm of this jewel of Côte-Nord! This unofficial sanctuary for white-tailed deer is also a paradise for nature lovers, who can explore a cave with a fun name, admire stunning canyons and swim in crystal-clear waters.

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Ideas for Your Vacation in Gaspésie

   |   By Nathalie Le Coz

Driving around the Gaspé Peninsula on Route 132 is a classic road trip, a dream vacation that you know in advance will be unforgettable, in intimate contact with the sea that bathes the 900 kilometres of coastline surrounding this region of warm and friendly people.

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Ideas for Your Vacation in Côte-Nord

   |   By Nathalie Le Coz

A trip to Côte-Nord is an opportunity to see for yourself how immense the province of Québec really is. Spanning from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon along the north shore of the St. Lawrence, this region is home to 1250 kilometres of coastline, broken by the mouths of wide and powerful rivers.

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In the Footsteps of the First Nations Peoples in Eastern Québec

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

First Nations peoples are the first known inhabitants of the maritime regions of Québec. While visiting our regions, you’ll have many opportunities to learn more about their rich heritage and vibrant cultures. Participate in interpretive activities to find out more about the history, traditions and ways of life of these communities.

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Top 3: Your Best Photos of Cultural Discoveries on Instagram

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

A vacation in our regions offers many opportunities to capture magical moments, memorable encounters and cultural discoveries of all kinds. Eastern Quebec is known for its rich maritime heritage, which you can discover during your next visit! In the meantime, here’s our top three of your best photos inspired by our culture.

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First Nations People in Côte-Nord: Meet the Innu

   |   By Marine Grimaud

When you visit the immense territory of Côte-Nord, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, you’ll notice that many place names have an exotic ring. This is because they derive from Innu-aimun, the language spoken by the Innu people. Seven of the nine Innu communities in Québec are found in Côte-Nord.

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10 Natural Sites, 10 Surprising Facets

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

The regions of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine are home to many natural sites, much to the delight of outdoor enthusiasts as well as those seeking peace and relaxation. Are you already familiar with these places? Read on to find out about less known aspects of each of these sites.

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Top 3: Your Best Wildlife Photos on Instagram

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Whether you’re in the forest or along the coast, in the mountains or out at sea, you’re very likely to encounter wildlife during your vacation in Eastern Québec. And if what you’re sharing on social media is any indication, lots of you are taking great photos of wildlife in our regions! We recently put out a call for your photos in our newsletter: as promised, here’s our top three of your best wildlife photos on Instagram.

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Where to See Whales in Gaspésie

   |   By Jean-Pierre Sylvestre, Le Québec maritime

A vast peninsula surrounded by the sea, Gaspésie is a popular destination for outdoor lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, especially those who love whales! Up to six species of cetaceans can be observed in this region. Here are some spots to add to your itinerary to make sure you see whales during your next vacation in Gaspésie.

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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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Culture and Discovery: 6 Fun Outing Ideas!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

A visit to the maritime regions of Québec is an opportunity to meet people and discover their culture and rich maritime heritage. You’ll be amazed by all that our regions have to offer. Here are some ideas for outings to include in your vacation plans this summer!

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13 Flavours to Discover in Eastern Québec

   |   By Julie Aubé

A visit to the maritime regions of Québec is obviously an opportunity to savour fish, seafood and other delicacies from the St. Lawrence. Since these regions are also agricultural, they offer many other flavours to discover and rediscover. From beer and wine to boreal products, berries and edible flowers, here are 13 flavours to discover during your next trip to the eastern part of La Belle Province.

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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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5 Surprising Facts about Rivière-du-Loup

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Located in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Rivière-du-Loup and the surrounding area are a destination that combines nature, culture and history, offering you a memorable stay by the sea. Would you like to discover this area during your next vacation? Here are five facts about Rivière-du-Loup that may surprise you!

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5 Surprising Facts about Percé

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

While this area is primarily known for immense Percé Rock, one of the most famous attractions in Eastern Canada, once you get here you’ll enjoy exploring the village’s many facets. Here are five facts about Percé that may surprise you!

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Maple Sugar Season at Domaine Acer

   |   By Katie Jalbert

Spring is in the air... and it’s time for a traditional sugaring-off party! Put on a wool sweater and your rain boots and come satisfy your sweet tooth in Bas-Saint-Laurent, the second largest maple syrup region in Québec!

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What to Do in Bas-Saint-Laurent in the Winter

   |   By Katie Jalbert

Bas-Saint-Laurent is a region known for breathtaking sunsets, access to the river, fine dining and picturesque villages where relaxing spas are on the agenda. In addition to providing a perfect setting for your next vacation, Bas-Saint-Laurent offers lots of activities, even in the winter!

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5 Surprising Facts about the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Home to landscapes of red cliffs, green hills and golden beaches, the Îles de la Madeleine fascinate, intrigue and attract, summer after summer, numerous vacationers seeking a change of pace and scenery. Here are five facts about the archipelago that are may surprise you.

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What to Do in Côte-Nord in the Winter

   |   By Katie Jalbert

Côte-Nord, which extends from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon, offers over 1300 kilometres of coastline and a vast territory ranging from the boreal forest to the taiga. In the winter, the snow cover gives you the opportunity to explore the region and enjoy a magical wonderland in a thousand and one way! To find out more, we interviewed Coralie Dumais, an outdoor enthusiast.

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What to Do in Gaspésie in the Winter

   |   By Katie Jalbert

Clean air, mountains and powder snow are the perfect combination for adventure—and that’s exactly what Gaspésie offers you during the cold season! Jacques Bouffard, a professional guide in the Chic-Choc Mountains, invites you to come and discover his Gaspésie this winter!

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Responsible Whale-Watching Tips

   |   By Marie-Ève Muller

Watching marine mammals is an enchanting experience. However, as with any activity involving wildlife observation, our proximity can also harm the animals we love so much. So how can you engage in responsible whale watching? You have several options, both from land and from the water.

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5 Good Reasons to Visit the Kamouraska Area

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

This sector, which stretches from La Pocatière to Saint-André, includes several picturesque towns and villages that offer many attractions. Discover them during your next vacation and remember to breathe in the salty sea air while you’re there! Here are five good reasons to visit the Kamouraska area.

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5 Good Reasons to Visit Minganie

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

This segment of the Whale Route will take you from village to village all the way to the end of the road, at the edge of the Lower North Shore. Here are five good reasons to follow Route 138 across the Minganie area!

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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 museums and interpretation sites. Discover our five good reasons to visit Gaspé!

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5 Good Reasons to Visit 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 Baie-Comeau

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Baie-Comeau, in Côte-Nord, is a unique city located about 200 km (120 mi.) east of Tadoussac where you can find out more about the last glaciation, discover the area’s fascinating industrial and maritime heritage, and explore wild and natural environments. Here are five good reasons that will inspire you to visit this dynamic city and the surrounding area.

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5 Good Reasons to Visit the Chaleur Bay Area

   |   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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8 Dreamy Fall Photos on Instagram

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

In the fall, the maritime regions of Québec show off their spectacular fall colours. Outdoor enthusiasts will want to explore our forests and mountains, while photography lovers will be overjoyed by the changing colours of the season. See for yourself by admiring these stunning Instagram photos of Eastern Québec!

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“I Knew I Would Have an Amazing Time!”

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Steve Young, a resident of Glens Falls, New York, was the lucky winner of the 2016-2017 edition of our “Win a Dream Snowmobile Vacation for 4” contest!. Along with three of his friends, he had an amazing time exploring the trails of Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie from February 3 to 9, 2018. Here’s what he had to say about his trip.

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First Nations People in Gaspésie: Meet the Mi’gmaq

   |   By Marine Grimaud

When you visit Gaspésie, you’ll notice that some places have unique names based on Mi’gmaq words. The Mi’gmaq people historically referred to themselves as L’nu (or Lnu); the term Mi’gmaq (or Mi’kmaq) means “the family” or “my allies/friends.” Discover this fascinating people and their contribution to contemporary Gaspésie.

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Where to Eat on a Snowmobile Trip in Eastern Québec

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

After a long day on the snowmobile trails in our regions, you’ll want to stop and relax while enjoying a good meal. Whether you prefer grilled meat or seafood, you’ll find many mouth-watering options in our regions! Here are a few restaurants you’ll want to add to your itinerary.

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Souvenirs from Your Summer Vacation (Part 2)

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

The maritime regions of Québec are a huge outdoor playground! During your summer vacation, a hike or sea outing in our regions will give you the opportunity to make all kinds of exciting discoveries while surrounded by stunning scenery. Can you picture yourself in the photos below?

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5 Confirmed Facts about the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

I was recently lucky enough to visit the Îles de la Madeleine for the first time. After hearing so much about this region, I must admit that my expectations were high… and I wasn’t disappointed! Here are 5 facts about the Islands that I can confirm are true now that I’ve been there.

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7 Economuseums Worth Visiting!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Are you interested in learning about the traditional methods used to make certain objects or food products? Be sure to visit our economuseums during your next vacation in our regions! Here are 7 you’ll want to add to your itinerary.

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The Lighthouses of the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

What would island life be like without lighthouses, those majestic maritime guardians that dot the coast? In the Îles de la Madeleine, they have been part of the landscape since the 19th century and have prevented many shipwrecks off this archipelago in the middle of the perilous Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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Souvenirs from Your Summer Vacation (Part 1)

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

In the summer, there are so many activities to choose from in the maritime regions of Québec—and you can count on the surrounding scenery to wow you at every turn! For example, no matter which region you visit, the sky at sunset offers unforgettable sights. Consider these four Instagram photos as proof!

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12 Roadside Snack Bars to Try in Eastern Québec

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

The maritime regions of Québec are dotted with roadside snack bars (or canteens, as they are often called in this province). Each establishment has its own particular history, and each offers a unique menu, often featuring local specialties such as poutine and seafood dishes. Here are 12 that make great road-trip stops!

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8 Souvenirs to Take Home from Gaspésie

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

The Gaspé Peninsula is home to many creative and passionate foodies and artisans. Meet some of them during your next vacation and take home something they’ve made as a souvenir of your trip! Here are eight places you’ll want to discover.

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Top 3: Your Photos of Cultural Discoveries on Instagram

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

On vacation in the maritime regions of Québec, you’ll soon notice what a rich cultural heritage we have. We recently put out a call for your Instagram photos in our newsletter and on social media: here then is our selection of the top three photos of cultural discoveries in our regions.

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8 Souvenirs to Take Home from Côte-Nord

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Côte-Nord culture is a blend of Innu traditions and the heritage of European settlers. This combination is reflected in regional flavours and inspires local artisans. Here are some suggestions for places to visit and items you could take home with you!

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Top 3: Your Photos of National Parks and Natural Sites on Instagram

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Nature and wide-open spaces are featured in many travel photos taken in the maritime regions of Québec. This isn’t surprising, since our regions boast lots of beautiful scenery! We recently put out a call for your Instagram photos in our newsletter and on social media: here then is our selection of the top three photos of national parks and natural sites taken in our regions.

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8 Souvenirs to Take Home from Bas-Saint-Laurent

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

From Kamouraska to Rimouski via the Témiscouata area, you’ll discover many artisans and food producers in Bas-Saint-Laurent who will surprise you with their creativity. It’s safe to say you won’t be able to resist taking home some of their creations as souvenirs! Here are a few suggestions.

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Whale-Watching Tips from the Experts

   |   By Marie-Ève Muller

In Québec, you can observe up to 13 species of whales and 4 species of seals all along the coast, from Bas-Saint-Laurent to the Îles de la Madeleine via Côte-Nord and Gaspésie. To help you spot as many of these species as possible, here are some tips from the research team at the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM)!

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Top 3: Your Photos of Wildlife on Instagram

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

This summer keep your eyes peeled when you visit the maritime regions of Québec! There’s a good chance you’ll see many different species of animals, from marine mammals to small and large animals in our forests! We recently put out a call for your Instagram photos in our newsletter and on social media: here then is our selection of the top three wildlife photos taken in our regions.

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FAQs about Motorcycling in Eastern Québec

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Do you enjoy exploring new destinations by motorcycle? You’re sure to love the meandering scenic routes found in the maritime regions of Québec! To help you plan your trip in our regions, we’ve answered the questions we’re asked the most frequently about motorcycling below.

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[VIDEO] Sept-Îles: A Preview of Your Summer Vacation!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

For a summer vacation that combines outdoor activities and cultural discoveries, head to Sept-Îles, in Côte-Nord! Enjoy an excursion to the Sept Îles Archipelago or discover Indigenous culture by visiting the Vieux-Poste. Watch our video for a preview of what awaits you during your stay!

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[VIDEO] Rivière-du-Loup: A Preview of Your Summer Vacation!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

You will fall in love with this vibrant destination that offers urban and nature experiences: excursions to islands in the St. Lawrence, a rich heritage worth discovering as well as access to the coast. Rivière-du-Loup also offers excellent accommodations and restaurants. Watch our video for a preview of what awaits you during your stay!

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Bas-Saint-Laurent: Did You Know?

   |   By Le Québec maritime

From Kamouraska to Sainte-Luce via Témiscouata, there's so much to discover in Bas-Saint-Laurent! This region offers magnificent and varied landscapes, a wide range of outdoor activities, a rich history and opportunities for discoveries of all kinds. To find out more about Bas-Saint-Laurent, consult this infographic.

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Chic-Chocs: The Hidden Gem of Eastern Canada

   |   By Jamie Walter

Those that have grown up skiing the East have likely heard stories of the fabled Chic-Choc Mountains of Québec. These stories started when the East’s most adventurous skiers journeyed into the depths of the Gaspé Peninsula in search of this holy land—a place that looks and feels like anything but the East Coast.

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Ride the Roads of Côte-Nord by Motorcycle

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Setting off on a motorcycle trip to explore wide-open spaces and pristine wilderness all the way to the end of the road: this is how Ken McDonald describes a motorcycle road trip in Côte-Nord! Ken is a long-time avid rider who has explored many roads in Québec and beyond. Nevertheless, he considers Côte-Nord a unique destination!

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10 Photos You’ll Want to Take in Our National Parks

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

We all enjoy taking photos of places we visit to preserve memories, to be able to share our experiences with loved ones and even to make other people jealous! You won’t lack for opportunities to take stunning photos in our regions! Here then are 10 not-to-be-missed photo ops: one for each of our national parks.

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The Îles de la Madeleine: A Colourful Archipelago

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine archipelago charms visitors from all over the world who soon fall under the spell of the Islands’ unique landscapes. As you explore the region, you will discover a range of colours that is both harmonious and surprising. Get ready for a rich and vivid adventure!

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Motorcycling in the Îles de la Madeleine: A Unique Road Trip!

   |   By Nancy Doucet

Born and raised in the Îles de la Madeleine and an avid rider from a young age, I enjoy exploring the Islands and their villages by motorcycle every summer. These trips are an opportunity to meet both locals and visitors who share my passion. It’s also a pleasure to tell you all about my Islands, which are so fun to discover while riding!

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7 Lighthouses, 7 Unique Histories

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Built along the St. Lawrence, the lighthouses of Québec by the Sea have witnessed major events in maritime history. They have held steadfast over the years and during storms, guiding crews through fog and darkness. Each lighthouse has its own special history. The seven described here promise visitors a truly memorable experience!

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Stay in a Cottage in the Maritime Regions of Québec

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Are you planning a visit to Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord or the Îles de la Madeleine and looking for cosy and comfortable accommodations? Choose a cottage, chalet or cabin as your home base! Here are some of your options for places to stay while you explore our regions during your next vacation.

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4 Road Trip Adventures for Bird Lovers

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Are you a bird lover? Did you know that the maritime regions of Québec are all great places to observe hundreds of species of birds in their natural habitats? Here are four road trip adventures for bird watchers—one in each of our regions. Get your binoculars ready!

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Observing Black Bears in Eastern Québec

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

Black bears can be found in nearly every corner of the maritime regions of Québec. Encounters are rare, but if you do see a bear while you’re hiking, it’s recommended to back away from it and make noise to alert it to your presence. The best way to observe bears in complete safety is to take part in an organized bear-watching activity.

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My Night in a Giant Birdhouse in Côte-Nord

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Since the region of Côte-Nord is an important staging area for birds, it’s also home to many bird-watching sites where you can observe a multitude of species. One popular birding destination is Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes, which also offers unique birdhouse-themed cottages where you can sleep like a bird for a night or more!

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5 Good Reasons to Visit Tadoussac

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Tadoussac is a dream vacation destination for many people. If you’re wondering why this small village in Côte-Nord is so popular, read on! These five good reasons to visit Tadoussac will give you a glimpse of what awaits you there.

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A Dream Snowmobile Trip in Photos!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

For the last few years, we’ve organized an annual contest that gives four people the opportunity to enjoy a dream snowmobile vacation in our regions. This slideshow will give you a glimpse of what awaits you on this trip!

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FAQs about Snowmobiling in Eastern Québec

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

As you know, we regularly chat with snowmobile enthusiasts at trade shows and on social media. To help you plan your next snowmobile trip in our regions, we’ve therefore answered the questions we’re asked the most frequently below.

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3 Good Reasons to Visit Bas-Saint-Laurent in the Winter

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Whether along the coast or in the heart of a snowy forest, Bas-Saint-Laurent offers majestic and magical winter scenery at every turn. A visit during the cold season is an excellent opportunity not only to spend time in the great outdoors but also to meet friendly people and enjoy cosy comfort in the places you stay.

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3 Good Reasons to Visit Gaspésie in the Winter

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Winter transforms the landscapes of Gaspésie, much to the delight of outdoor lovers.The St. Lawrence freezes solid in places, the mountains are covered in snow, and Percé Rock is trapped in ice. Are you thinking of visiting Gaspésie during your next winter vacation? Here are three good reasons to do so!

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3 Good Reasons to Visit the Îles de la Madeleine in the Winter

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

A popular summer destination, the Îles de la Madeleine archipelago is as exciting a place to visit in the winter. Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the region is accessible by plane or by ferry (from Souris, Prince Edward Island). Here are three good reasons to experience the Islands during the cold season!

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4 Top Snowmobile Rides to Explore This Winter!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Riding the snowmobile trails in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord appears on many snowmobilers’ bucket lists. If you’re a snowmobile enthusiast yearning for adventure, here are four rides you’ll want to experience at least once in your lifetime!

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Bas-Saint-Laurent: Top 5 Spots to Discover While Snowmobiling

   |   By Tanya Paquet

The maritime regions of Québec are a vast destination crisscrossed by 6000 km (3700 mi.) of snowmobile trails. Within this territory, the Bas-Saint-Laurent region offers an impressive network of trails that are connected to Trans-Quebec trail #5 and that lead you from the forest to the sea through many towns and villages.

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Côte-Nord: 6 Things to Do and See by Snowmobile

   |   By Tanya Paquet

Snowmobiling in Côte-Nord will give you the opportunity to admire seascapes and forests for over 1600 kilometres (1000 miles) and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding scenery. From Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon, an unforgettable trip awaits you!

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Regional Flavours: Labrador Tea

   |   By Caroline Larouche

As its common and Latin names suggest, Labrador tea or Rhododendron groenlandicum (formerly Ledum groenlandicum) was encountered by European explorers during their earliest voyages to the New World. Indigenous peoples were the first to make use of Labrador tea, mainly for its medicinal properties.

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Tides: What Are They?

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

In coastal regions, sceneries vary according to seasons and weather conditions, but also according to tides. A tide is the ascending and descending movement of the sea level caused by the attraction of the Moon on the water.

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9 Top Blog Posts to Inspire You

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Are you looking for inspiration for your next vacation? You’ve come to the right place! Read this summer’s 9 most popular blog posts to find out more about our regions and fall under the spell of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine!

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Vacation Souvenirs (Part 3)

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

What could be better than spending your summer vacation in the maritime regions of Québec: breathing in the fresh sea air, listening to the wind blow, savouring local delicacies… not to mention feasting your eyes on beautiful seascapes like the ones in these Instagram photos!

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Hiking in Côte-Nord: Paradise on Earth!

   |   By Anne Pélouas

My best memories of walks in the province of Québec include views of the Saguenay Fjord, the St. Lawrence Estuary or the Gulf of St. Lawrence, all in Côte-Nord! As a hiking enthusiast, I can tell you that this region offers numerous opportunities for hikes of varying lengths over a variety of terrains.

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Vacation Souvenirs (Part 2)

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Among other things, a summer vacation in the maritime regions of Québec means fresh air and wide open spaces! Wherever you are, in the forest, on an island or on the road, you will have many opportunities to feast your eyes on beautiful scenery in our regions! Here are a few Instagram photos that give you a glimpse of what awaits you here.

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Life in the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Le Québec maritime

In the eyes of visitors, the Îles de la Madeleine are a small corner of paradise… and this is true for residents as well! We were curious to learn more about living on the Islands. We chatted with Pauline-Gervaise Grégoire, owner and general director of Atelier Côtier, who was kind enough to answer all our questions. Here’s what she had to say about “her” Islands.

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Côte-Nord: Did You Know?

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Recognized as one of the best places in the world to see the whales of the St. Lawrence, Côte-Nord is also an extraordinary natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. To find out more about Côte-Nord and for ideas to help you plan your stay in this region, consult our infographic!

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Vacation Souvenirs (Part 1)

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Hurray for summer, which is vacation season for many and a great time to enjoy the beautiful weather and natural beauty found in the maritime regions of Québec! Amazing photos of our regions are popping up everywhere on Instagram. Here are a few of our favourites!

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Top 6 Bike Routes in Bas-Saint-Laurent

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

Along the St. Lawrence River, through the Notre-Dame Mountains, right by majestic lakes or in picturesque rural landscapes, the Bas-Saint-Laurent region is a perfect destination to explore on a bicycle. Here are six routes for you to discover the region at a slower pace.

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Gaspésie: Did You Know?

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Gaspésie charms visitors with contrasting landscapes ranging from undulating countryside to mountains overlooking the sea.To find out more about Gaspésie and for ideas to help you plan your stay in this region, consult our infographic below.

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Sustainable Tourism: What’s Happening in Our Regions

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Did you know that the United Nations designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development? In a vast territory rich in natural beauty, it’s not surprising that many attractions and lodging establishments emphasize sustainable tourism. Here are a few examples of initiatives!

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8 Souvenirs to Take Home from the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

While on vacation in the Îles de la Madeleine, you’ll have the opportunity to meet many artists and artisans. Why not purchase some of their tasty or artistic creations as souvenirs for yourself or as gifts for friends and family? Here are some suggestions for items you could take home with you.

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My 5 Favourite Things about Côte-Nord

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

How can you not fall under the spell of Côte-Nord when you contemplate the region’s vast territory, pristine wilderness and beautiful sites? Spectacular scenery, unusual discoveries and relaxing hikes awaited me at every turn. Here are my five favourite things (so far!) about this region.

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Portraits of Passionate and Talented Chefs

   |   By Le Québec maritime

A good way to get to know a region is to taste the local cuisine. And I can assure you there are lots of culinary delights to discover in the maritime regions of Québec! These four chefs have made it their mission to introduce their patrons to the flavours of their regions.

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Why I Love Working in a National Park

   |   By Le Québec maritime

One of the best ways to commune with nature in our regions is to visit our national parks. They offer enchanting settings for tourists to explore, so imagine what it’s like to work in one! Here’s what some of the people working in our national parks had to say about their work environments.

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Campgrounds in Our National Parks: The Best Spots

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

The maritime regions of Québec boast several national parks whose visit would not be complete without a camping night (or a few nights). These parks have a great variety of campgrounds appealing to people travelling in RVs, those who prefer to sleep in a tent in the backcountry and everyone in between.

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Top 3 Wildlife Photos on Instagram

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

The maritime regions of Québec teem with wildlife! Visitors and residents alike often have the pleasure of observing animals of all sizes. We recently put out a call for your Instagram photos in our newsletter and on social media: here then is our selection of the top three wildlife photos taken in our regions.

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What to See and Do on Vacation in Rimouski

   |   By Nathalie Le Coz

Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence and offering both urban and nature experiences as well as a vibrant cultural life, Rimouski is an appealing vacation destination. It is a land of contrasts, a dream destination where you can lose yourself in new cultural discoveries or find yourself in nature!

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10 Natural Sites to Explore

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

Perfect for relaxing, outdoor activities or discovery, many natural sites await you in every corner of the maritime regions of Québec. Take a stroll at a leisurely pace, and let yourself be carried away by their amazing beauty. Here are our suggestions!

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5 Good Reasons to Motorcycle in the Maritime Regions of Québec

   |   By Alain Samson

I’m no specialist in the field of tourism, but I’ve been a motorcycle enthusiast for over 40 years. I love riding near where I live, in Eastern Québec, but also going on road trips to explore new areas. Here are my top five reasons to motorcycle in Gaspésie, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine.

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What to See and Do on Vacation in the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Nathalie Le Coz

Rising out of the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and at the mercy of the wind, the Îles de la Madeleine are a hilly, green archipelago surrounded by rugged red cliffs and white sand beaches. Even in the hollow of a small valley, it’s impossible to escape the sea air on the Islands (not that you’d want to!).

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Treasures of the Sea

   |   By Katie Jalbert

Our culinary traditions and evolving regional cuisine have been influenced and shaped by all the peoples who have settled the banks of the St. Lawrence over the years. Here is an overview of the seafood and fish you can look forward to savouring in our restaurants and snack bars or during a picnic in our regions.

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What to See and Do on Vacation in Sept-Îles

   |   By Nathalie Le Coz

Sept-Îles, which is the regional capital of Côte-Nord, is surrounded by dense boreal forest as far as the eye can see, sprinkled with lakes and rivers. Tucked around a bay and protected by an archipelago full of seabirds, the city looks towards the sea from the Promenade du Vieux-Quai, a boardwalk along the water.

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What to See and Do on Vacation in Percé

   |   By Nathalie Le Coz

From Sainte-Flavie, Route 132 loops around the coastline of the Gaspé Peninsula. Whether you drive around the north side of the region in a clockwise direction or head south towards Chaleur Bay, you will eventually wind up in Percé, at the tip of the peninsula, where you will fall under the spell of an exceptionally beautiful area.

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Giants Built by Humans

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Did you know that over 97% of the electricity produced in Québec is from renewable sources? During your stay in Côte-Nord, find out more about the history of electricity in Québec by visiting immense hydroelectric dams.

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A Vast Cultural Mosaic

   |   By Jean-Marie Fallu

Settlement in the maritime regions of Québec was based on geographic location and coveted natural resources. Over time, people came from just about everywhere to settle on the shores of the Estuary ad Gulf of St. Lawrence, hoping for a better future. Discover the vast cultural mosaic that makes up our regions!

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Watch the Spring and Fall Bird Migrations

   |   By Mikaël Jaffré

Due to their geographical location, the maritime regions of Québec see a high concentration of various types of birds. Here are some great places to go bird watching in the maritime regions of Québec during the migratory periods in the spring and fall.

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What Do You Know about Atlantic Puffins?

   |   By Sébastien Cyr

The Atlantic or common puffin, nicknamed “sea parrot” or “clown of the sea,” is a seabird in the auk family that is only found in the northern hemisphere. By travelling to our regions, you will have the opportunity to observe this bird in Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine.

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Sweet Treats from the Maritime Regions of Québec

   |   By Jennifer Doré Dallas

The maritime regions of Québec abound in culinary treasures you will want to discover for yourself, especially if you have a sweet tooth! Berries, maple products and chocolate truffles are some of the regional flavours you can look forward to savouring during your next trip to our regions.

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Témiscouata by Motorcycle: An Adventure for All the Senses!

   |   By Catherine Hudon

Whether I’m the passenger or driver, I never tire of the stunning beauty and diversity of the landscapes of Québec unfolding before my eyes. In late summer of last year, we once again felt the call of the open road and decided to go on a motorcycle loop tour of the Témiscouata area in Bas-Saint-Laurent.

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Beers and Booze Made in the Maritime Regions of Québec

   |   By Jennifer Doré Dallas

After a full day of visiting our beautiful regions, what could be better than relaxing with a local microbrew beer or other alcoholic beverage? Our microbreweries and distilleries are constantly redefining this vibrant industry thanks to rediscovered traditional techniques and local enthusiasm. Keep reading to find out about regional alcoholic flavours that are rooted in our maritime regions.

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Snorkelling with Salmon: A Unique Vacation Experience!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

I grew up near salmon rivers, where I used to swim, canoe and kayak. I know these rivers, or at least I thought I did! Spending a day with Jesse Alain of Nature Aventure was an eye-opener: I realized just how rich these ecosystems are. There’s so much to learn about salmon behaviour and habitat!

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Winter Fun at the Ferme 5 Étoiles Holiday Resort

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

A true paradise is hidden some 15 minutes away from Tadoussac, in the Côte-Nord region. Nestled along the majestic Saguenay Fjord, the Ferme 5 Étoiles holiday resort combines a prime location with a range of diverse and original activities to make the most of winter in Québec.

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Wintertime at Domaine Valga

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

Located in the highland of Bas-Saint-Laurent, right in the middle of the idyllic forest and mountain, Domaine Valga has all the ingredients for great wintertime vacations: a perfect environment for winter activities, cozy lodging and high-quality cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere.

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A Winter Road Trip Through Gaspésie

   |   By Callum Snape

Translated from the Mi’gmaq First Nations tongue, Gaspé means Land's End. My road trip around the Gaspé Peninsula began here, at the very tip of this beautiful region. The East Coast is renowned for heavy wet snow, but this was light and soft, just as good, if not better than the snow out west.

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Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding in the Chic-Chocs

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

Do you love the grandeur of winter landscapes? Are you looking for a feeling of total freedom? Are you craving the adrenaline rush that comes with mountain activities? Then, backcountry skiing is made for you. And the Chic-Choc Mountains, in the Gaspésie region in Eastern Canada, are a true paradise for this.

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5 Days of Fun and Powder in Gaspésie

   |   By Taylor Burk

Coming from Western Canada with little prior knowledge of the region, I was pleasantly surprised to discover world-class alpine skiing. The underrated Gaspé Peninsula is the best powder skiing you will get east of the Rockies, which I got to experience first-hand during my five-day trip with fellow photographer Callum Snape.

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The St. Lawrence Tour in Photos

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Are you dreaming of exploring Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord by snowmobile? The St. Lawrence Tour offers an itinerary that will take you through all three of these regions without requiring you to retrace your steps. Are you curious to see what such a trip could look like? Check out these photos!

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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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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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Wildlife Observation in the Maritime Regions of Québec

   |   By Marine Grimaud

Before I came to Québec for the first time, I’d made a list of all the things I wanted to do during my year of study in Matane, in Gaspésie. I was very impressed by the variety of wildlife found on this territory. What I didn’t anticipate was the awe I would feel seeing these animals.

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An Evening Full of Mystery at Canyon des Portes de l’Enfer

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

On a warm summer evening, just before the sun sets, I drive on Chemin Duchénier to Canyon des Portes de l’Enfer (Hell's Gate Canyon). The site, located south of Rimouski, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, is well-known for its network of hiking trails and unique panoramas. But to experience it at nighttime gives a totally different perspective!

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Motorcycle Riding the Gaspé Peninsula

   |   By Ryan Kluftinger

Motorcycling the Gaspé Peninsula is a rite of passage. Québec’s east coast is revered as one of those legendary rides. Stunning as it is, the maritime regions of Québec offer plenty of alternatives to the explorative motorcyclist.

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Bas-Saint-Laurent: A Mecca for Sea Kayakers

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Jean Létourneau came back to this region to go to university. To pay for his studies, he started a kayaking company to guide tourists on the St. Lawrence. “The best job of my life,” he said, which inspired him to participate actively in the creation of the St. Lawrence Water Trail, a network of navigable waterways in Québec for small crafts.

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Cycling Around Lake Témiscouata

   |   By Tanya Paquet

The next time you visit the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, head inland away from the St. Lawrence to discover magnificent scenery and other treasures in Témiscouata. It’s an area I like to visit again and again. Let me tell you about my cycling adventure around Lake Témiscouata with my partner.

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Step Back in Time at an Authentic Former General Store

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

I must say I was very impressed by my visit to the Magasin Général Historique Authentique 1928, located in Percé, right at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. It’s a former general store of the Robin, Jones and Whitman Company, whose last owner was Gaston Cloutier. Just before passing away in 2000, Mr. Cloutier handed the store over to his sons, Rémi and Ghislain, who decided to turn it into a living museum.

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Photo Safari in Témiscouata: 5 Photo Ops You Won’t Want to Miss!

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Located in southern Bas-Saint-Laurent and bordering on the state of Maine and the province of New Brunswick, Témiscouata is a dream destination for nature lovers. The area’s forests, lakes and rivers provide endless opportunities for outdoor activities such as boating, cycling and hiking; you can also stay in a national park or resort as well as savour the region’s many delicious local products.

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Camping and Kayaking: A Winning Combination in Les Bergeronnes

   |   By Anne Pélouas

I didn’t really believe my friend when he told me, just before I left for a weekend of camping and kayaking in Les Bergeronnes in Côte-Nord: “You’ll see, you’ll hear the whales from your tent!” Fall colours were spreading across the Manicouagan landscape and all along the Whale Route, punctuating the boreal forest with golden hues.

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Tranquility and Natural Splendour on Île Verte

   |   By Marie-Ève Blanchard

I’d been dreaming for a long time of spending the night in a lighthouse. A childhood dream, from another era... A dream of those lighthouses that have been the eyes of the St. Lawrence for decades and have so often prevented ships from crashing into reefs... Lighthouses and lightkeepers that were isolated and sometimes provided shelter to shipwreck survivors...

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4 Road Trips to Explore Québec by the Sea

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Savour fresh seafood in Gaspésie, feel the sea breeze on your skin in the Îles de la Madeleine, listen to the blows of the whales in Côte-Nord and admire the sunsets of Bas-Saint-Laurent... A road trip in our regions will awaken all your senses!

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Photo Safari in Percé: 5 Photo Ops You Won’t Want to Miss!

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Located at the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, the town of Percé is a must-see during your next tour of Gaspésie. There’s so much to discover in this area: numerous attractions, talented local artists and artisans, excellent restaurants where you can savour fresh seafood, not to mention breathtaking landscapes dominated by famous Percé Rock.

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Rivière-du-Loup: A Little Known Whale-Watching Area

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Jean-Pierre Sylvestre is a marine wildlife biologist and photojournalist, who divides his time between the St. Lawrence River, Argentina and Antarctica in pursuit of his passion: whales. We asked Jean-Pierre to share why he so loved spending his summers working as a guide on the Croisières AML whale-watching cruise ship based in Rivière-du-Loup. This is what he had to say.

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Lodging Options in Harmony with Nature

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

It can be on an island, along a river, in the mountains or even in the trees. Whatever form it takes, nothing beats a night in a natural environment to experience a privileged moment with the spectacular scenery, the enchanting surroundings and the brisk fresh air of the maritime regions of Québec.

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The St. Lawrence in Cruise Mode

   |   By David Lang, Valérie Fortier

Do you have sea legs and would like to discover the maritime regions of Québec from a unique perspective? Two ships offer you the opportunity to enjoy a cruise on the St. Lawrence during your next vacation: the CTMA Vacancier, which sails from Montréal to the Îles de la Madeleine, and the Bella Desgagnés, which will take you to the Minganie and Lower North Shore regions. We asked two of our colleagues to tell us about their experiences aboard these ships.

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Discover a Slice of History at the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site

   |   By Tanya Paquet

Every time I’ve driven past the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site in Gaspésie, I’ve thought to myself that I should stop for a visit. And every time, I’ve kept driving... as I’m sure lots of other people do too. And yet this site witnessed a key event in Canadian history that few people know about. Finally, on my way home from a stay in the Chaleur Bay region, I decided to finally visit the historic site... or so I thought!

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The Îles de la Madeleine in a Nutshell

   |   By Le Québec maritime, Marie-Julie Gagnon

The Îles de la Madeleine are an exotic destination right in the province of Québec: a complete change of pace and scenery less than four hours’ away by plane (depending on your departure point and whether you fly there directly). The Islands are a great place to unwind: you will immediately adjust to the Islanders’ slower rhythm of life. Here’s some information about this destination, for anyone who wants to visit.

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A Field with a View

   |   By Le Québec maritime, Marie-Julie Gagnon

I liked Pied-de-Vent long before I visited the Îles de la Madeleine for the first time in 2012—in fact, it’s one of my favourite Québécois cheeses. At that time, I was on a whirlwind trip and the boutique had been jam-packed with people. Three years later, the boutique was still busy, but this time, I made it into the inner sanctum, where the cheese is made and packaged.

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Fair Winds...

   |   By Marie-Julie Gagnon

When I think of the Îles de la Madeleine, the wind is present in all of my memories. Strong winds and gentle breezes... Winds that gust and winds that caress the skin... Winds that lift skirts and snatch at hair pieces... Winds that change the landscape, even.

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Working Aboard the CTMA Vacancier

   |   By Camilie Beaulieu

A few years ago, when I was studying in the tourism program at Cégep de Matane, I decided I wanted a summer job on a cruise ship. Gathering up my courage, I sent my application to CTMA Cruises and was very pleased to hear I’d landed a position as an entertainment officer aboard the CTMA Vacancier for the summer of 2007.

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Planning a Snowmobile Trip in Côte-Nord

   |   By Le Québec maritime

When you open up your snowmobile trail map of Côte-Nord, you will notice something totally unique in Québec: a single line that more or less runs along the St. Lawrence River for a distance of over 1600 kilometres (1000 miles), from Tadoussac all the way to Blanc-Sablon, at the border of Labrador.

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From Island to Island in the Maritime Regions of Québec

   |   By Marie-Ève Blanchard

It goes without saying that one of the main attractions of the maritime regions of Québec is the amazing coastlines you can admire as you drive along the majestic St. Lawrence. However, there are also about 2700 islands in the St. Lawrence that contribute to the distinctive character of these regions.

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Vacationing in Côte-Nord: A Stay at Auberge La Rosepierre

   |   By Tanya Paquet

As soon as I arrived, I was warmly welcomed by the owners, Thomas and Sabine Koller. They bought the inn two years ago and immigrated to Québec as a result. They make up the entire team at Auberge La Rosepierre, doing everything from checking in guests to cooking to housekeeping.

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Land’s End in Forillon National Park

   |   By Marie-Ève Blanchard

Stopping at Forillon National Park is a must! Jutting out into the sea, Forillon is home to natural attractions of all kinds, including spectacular mountain scenery, trails surrounded by wild flowers and boreal forest as well as marine mammals and seabirds.

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Éric Marchand: Wind in His Sails

   |   By Le Québec maritime

In the late 1990s, Éric Marchand opened Aérosport, Canada’s first kitesurfing school, in the Îles de la Madeleine. Today, he continues to promote kiting sports, and his school has earned an excellent reputation.

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Tadoussac: A Small Bay Among Giants

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Bruno Therrien has been a restaurant owner and municipal councillor in Tadoussac for nearly 25 years. A native of the area, he was born with "tadou," an affliction that can only be caught in Tadoussac and that causes someone to either never leave or eventually return. The main symptom is an unconditional love for Tadoussac, its bay and the fjord.

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A Whitecoat Photo Safari in the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Anne Pélouas

From late February to mid-March, visitors can go on a helicopter excursion to enjoy a unique experience among the whitecoats. Bundled up in winter survival suits, we found ourselves in the magical world of baby seals, which are absolutely irresistible in their icy cradles.

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Gabrielle Leblanc: Coming Home… to the Sea!

Gabrielle Leblanc was born in Sept-Îles in the Côte-Nord – Duplessis region. She left the region at age 17 to study and has come back to work for Tourisme Sept-Îles for the past four summers. Several things draw her back to Sept-Îles:family, friends, outdoor activities and also the sea!

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Samuel Côté: Shipwreck Hunter of the St. Lawrence

   |   By Anne Pélouas

“One day, I heard that a ship was at the bottom of the river not far away—this was the SS Carolus, which was torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II. I was intrigued, so I did some research to figure out exactly where it was located.” This was the beginning of what may well be a lifelong passion for this 29-year-old.

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Lobster: From the Sea to Your Plate!

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Starting in late April or early May, the lobster boats set out every morning to haul their traps and bring back delicious crustaceans for us to savour. But did you know that you can find out where your lobster came from?

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Snow Crab: Culinary Star of Québec by the Sea

   |   By Anne Pélouas

Snow crab is the king of the cold salty waters of the St. Lawrence Estuary, an exceptional seafood delicacy from the maritime regions of Québec. Snow crab fishing also marks the beginning of the fishing season in late March or early April, depending on the year. This crustacean is also fished later in the spring in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the Îles de la Madeleine.

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13 Establishments with 4-Star Accommodations

   |   By Olivier Pierson

There’s nothing wrong with pampering yourself, especially when you’re on vacation. After all, vacations are all about taking time away from the everyday, so why not treat yourself to a first-class inn, hotel, resort or outfitter where every detail is considered?

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Bird Watching in Côte-Nord – Manicouagan

   |   By Daniel Dupont

Côte-Nord (Manicouagan) is home to many exceptional bird-watching sites. Whether you are a first-time or regular visitor to the region, here are four must-see sites where you can observe the birds that live and feed along the St. Lawrence.

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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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Regional Flavours: Cloudberries

   |   By Caroline Larouche

The first people to pick cloudberries (Rubus chamaemorus) were the Innu, who called this perennial shekuteu, which means “fire” in their language. Cloudberries are also known by several other names: bakeapple...

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Seals of the St. Lawrence

   |   By Jean-Pierre Sylvestre

The waters of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence are renowned for their marine wildlife, especially marine mammals. While belugas and other whales are the best known, seals are also very present along the coastlines of the maritime regions of Québec.

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Did You Know Percé Rock Used to Have More Than One Hole?

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

Percé Rock is a huge rock formation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in Gaspésie. This iconic landmark is impressive in size—the rock is about 450 metres (1475 feet) wide, 90 metres (295 feet) deep and 85 metres (280 metres) high—and is pierced by an arch-shaped hole, carved into the limestone by the sea.

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Observing Moose, Caribou and Deer in the Forests of Eastern Québec

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté

Guided activities or hikes on your own are perfect opportunities to observe moose, woodland caribou and white-tailed deer in their natural habitats—a thrilling experience at any age. The forested areas of the maritime regions of Québec are home to rich and abundant wildlife. Keep reading to find out where to see moose, caribou and deer in our regions.

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48 Hours… in Percé

   |   By Olivier Pierson

Percé is a fascinating town. “It’s a place that was once inhabited by the gods,” as Jean-Louis Lebreux, director of the Musée Le Chafaud, likes to say.

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Regional Flavours: Stimpson’s Surf Clams

   |   By Caroline Larouche

Stimpson’s surf clams are sedentary bivalve molluscs that live buried in sandy bottoms below the low tide line in aggregations called beds. This species is relatively unknown since it has only been fished in Québec since 1990 and much of the harvest is exported to Asia for use in sushi.

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St. Lawrence Road Trips

   |   By Tanya Paquet

The St. Lawrence is without a doubt the main attraction of the maritime regions of Québec. This majestic waterway flowing through the heart of Québec is the origin of many of the rich natural and architectural features of our regions.

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Explore Our Regions by Ferry

   |   By Tanya Paquet

Several ferry services and cruises are available on the St. Lawrence in the maritime regions of Québec. These crossings allow you to reach your destination quickly while offering unique perspectives on the surrounding scenery and marine wildlife.

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48 Hours… in Gaspé

   |   By Marie-Claude Baril

A blend of wind, sea, mountains, arts, cultural events and outdoor activities, Gaspé is not only a lively and dynamic town, but also a great place to spend your vacation.

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Regional Flavours: Maple Syrup

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Everywhere in the world, people associate maple syrup with Québec. It is indeed a well-established culinary tradition that has been around for several centuries here; every spring, maple enthusiasts can’t wait to take part in “sugaring-off parties”.

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Portrait of an Artist: Mylène Henry

   |   By Le Québec maritime

Mylène Henry was born in Bonaventure, in the Chaleur Bay area, in Gaspésie. She’s been a professional illustrator and painter for 15 years. She creates illustrations for children’s storybooks, posters for festivals and stationery collections, as well as her own paintings.

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Gaspé: A Sea of Activities

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

The municipality of Gaspé encompasses 17 villages strung along the coast, from L’Anse-à-Valleau to Douglastown. Visitors are surrounded by exceptional marine vistas that invite enjoyment of water sports of all kinds.

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5 Fun Sea Excursion Ideas

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

The sea surrounds you in the maritime regions of Québec, and there are lots of water sports on offer. Whether you want to admire the scenery from another angle, observe seabirds or marine mammals, enjoy a quiet moment on the water or simply cross the St. Lawrence River, take the time to breathe in the fresh sea air and fully enjoy your vacation!

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Explore the Well-Kept Secrets of Côte-Nord – Duplessis

Whenever I hear about Minganie and the Lower North Shore, the first things that come to mind are breathtaking landscapes and nature at its rawest. These areas are much less well known than other areas of Québec, yet they’re so different from the rest of the province that they’re totally worth the trip!

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An Introduction to Whale Watching

   |   By Tanya Paquet

Who isn’t fascinated by whales? Did you know that Côte-Nord is one of the best places in the world to observe them? An abundant food supply and the unusual geology of the seabed explain why this region...

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Sept-Îles: An Immense and Accessible Natural Playground

   |   By Tanya Paquet

I’m currently planning a trip to Sept-Îles this summer, and I’m really excited about visiting this area of Côte-Nord – Duplessis. What attracts me to this region are the vast open spaces I keep hearing about: immense forests, numerous rivers and the sea stretching out to the horizon.

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A Room with a View Please

   |   By Tanya Paquet

Québec maritime has a wealth of stunning sea and mountain views.It is only normal that you should want to enjoy them, especially when you’re resting!

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Discover the Charms of Percé

   |   By Tanya Paquet

There is always anticipation before arriving in Percé. You scan the horizon on the lookout for the first opportunity to see the famous rock. Then suddenly, there it is, in all its splendour. I knew it was big, but it’s hard to grasp how impressive it is before seeing it for yourself. I was left speechless.

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Tips for Identifying Whale Species

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Côte-Nord is one of the five best whale-watching areas in the world. The tides, currents and unusual seabed topography provide favourable conditions for high concentrations of plankton and fish: this open-air buffet attracts 13 species of cetaceans.

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