The Québec maritime Blog

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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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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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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The Battle of the St. Lawrence

   |   By Ulrich Josserand

Are you interested in learning about the hidden parts of history? Take advantage of a trip through the spectacular landscapes of Gaspésie to discover the remains of an all-but-forgotten battle that took place during some of humanity’s darkest hours. If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to learn more about the Battle of the St. Lawrence.

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16 Hikes for the Whole Family in Eastern Québec

   |   By Ulrich Josserand

Hiking is a great way to enjoy the fresh air, discover and learn about local geography, flora and fauna as well as admire panoramic views of magnificent scenery. Here are several hikes accessible to all ages that can be enjoyed in the maritime regions of Québec!

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Regional Flavours: Cheese

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Pretty much everyone loves cheese, right? Not surprisingly, this versatile food is found in all kinds of dishes, from the most refined to the most comforting, including the authentic Québécois dish known as poutine! Cheese is also a great snack to eat in the car on a road trip as well as a favourite at picnics. Are you hitting the road in Eastern Québec? Be sure to visit our artisan cheesemakers, who are constantly coming up with creative ways to showcase local ingredients in their products. Here are six you’ll want to add to your itinerary!

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5 Mountain Hikes in Eastern Québec for Experienced Hikers

   |   By Ulrich Josserand

Gaspésie and Côte-Nord are popular destinations for outdoor lovers. And when it comes to hiking, these regions of Eastern Québec can hold their own when compared to some of the most renowned mountains in the world! Whether you want to stay on marked trails or set off on an off-trail adventure, these hikes will provide you with challenging and exciting experiences. Get your hiking poles ready!

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Escapades on the Lakes and Rivers of Eastern Québec

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Looking for an escapade in a natural setting? Want to get away from technology and commune with nature? Set off to explore the lakes and rivers in our regions! Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord are dotted with bodies of freshwater where you can enjoy various well-supervised water sports. Discover these magnificent sites that will make you see our destination in a new light!

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Northern Lights: When the Sky Dances over Eastern Québec

   |   By Ulrich Josserand

The beautiful dancing waves of light seen in the night sky are an iconic symbol of the north. If you’ve ever had the privilege of admiring this natural wonder, you’re unlikely to ever forget it. In high-latitude regions, these polar lights are known as aurora borealis, or northern lights, but they also occur in the south (where they’re called aurora australis or southern lights). This phenomenon is thus visible near the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. Do you know what causes this unusual light show? And did you know that you can see northern lights in our regions? Keep reading to find out more!

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Postcard-Worthy Landscapes of Eastern Québec

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Sending postcards is probably one of the most common travel traditions! It’s fun to pick out cards for your loved ones to let them know you’re thinking of them and share a piece of your trip with them. Postcards also make great souvenirs of your stay: featuring amazing photos of your destination, they’ll forever remind you of your vacation experiences. Here are 8 photos of landscapes typically found in our regions that would definitely make great postcards!

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5 Surprising Facts about the St. Lawrence

   |   By Ulrich Josserand

Running across the province of Québec, the St. Lawrence is an integral part of the lives of local residents. In addition, this waterway was the main route for European navigators to explore this vast territory, but its importance was already recognized long before that by the First Nations communities living along its shores. The St. Lawrence plays a vital role in the Québec economy, provides access to drinking water and is a source of electric power. However, do you know these five unusual facts about this mighty waterway?

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Explore UNESCO Sites in Eastern Québec

   |   By Ulrich Josserand

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

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Find Out All about the Islands by Visiting Local Museums!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Are you curious by nature and fascinated by history? You’ll find lots of interesting sites to visit in the Îles de la Madeleine! Museums are a rich source of information that will help you get to know and understand this region during your trip. Here are a few sites you’ll want to add to your itinerary.

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Discover Bas-Saint-Laurent in the Fall!

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

If you want to fill up on fall colours, Bas-Saint-Laurent is a great destination. From scenic tourist routes to amazing hiking trails, this maritime region of Québec has more than one trick up its sleeve to charm those who love this special season!

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Discover the Îles de la Madeleine in the Fall!

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

Milder temperatures and insular tranquility make for a pleasant fall in the Îles de la Madeleine. A trip to the Islands at this time of year means you can enjoy local attractions without the summer bustle. It’s a perfect time to meet the locals and explore the archipelago at your own pace.

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Discover Côte-Nord in the Fall!

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

Over a distance of 850 km (530 mi.), Route 138 will take you through a string of villages across Côte-Nord from Tadoussac to Kegaska and give you access to pristine wilderness. This vast territory has much to offer to anyone who ventures there. As of September, when the region is blanketed in warm colours, it offers even more! Here are a few attractions that are sure to make you want to visit Côte-Nord in the fall.

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Discover Gaspésie in the Fall!

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

Home to stunning sea and mountain scenery, Gaspésie is photo-worthy in all seasons. However, in the fall, the contrast between the bright blue of the St. Lawrence and the shimmering hues of the leaves on the trees makes the landscapes even more beautiful. Discover how to make the most of your visit to this maritime region of Québec during the most colourful season of the year!

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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 to here.

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Local Products Inspired by the Sea in Eastern Québec

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

One of the things you’ll notice right away when you visit the maritime regions of Québec is how the sea is everywhere! While the St. Lawrence is a natural part of the landscape of Eastern Québec, it’s also a source of inspiration for many local food producers and artisans, who feature elements of the sea in their creations. Here are a few you’ll love to sample in our regions or take home with you!

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Why Visit the Maritime Regions of Québec in the Fall?

   |   By Ulrich Josserand

Falling between the high season and the winter holidays, fall is not often thought of as an ideal time to travel. And yet a fall stay in the maritime regions of Québec offers visitors many advantages you may not have considered. Here are six good reasons to come and visit us at this time of year!

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Memorable Guided Tours in Eastern Québec

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

The maritime regions of Québec offer innumerable wide-open spaces to explore and fascinating sites to discover. Doing so is even more interesting when you’re accompanied by people who are passionate about these places and eager to share what they know with you! Here are some suggestions for guided tours you can plan to take during your next trip in Eastern Québec.

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Where to Watch Whales from the Shore in Eastern Québec

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

The maritime regions of Québec are one of the best places in the world to observe marine mammals. From May to October, the waters of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to 13 species of whales, including spectacular humpbacks! Are you interested in admiring these giants of the sea but would prefer to stay on land? Here are several places where you can enjoy whale watching from the shore!

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6 Activities for Culture and Discovery Lovers

   |   By Ulrich Josserand

Offering a wide variety of attractions, the maritime regions of Québec are also home to many different cultures living side by side and shaped by the St. Lawrence. Discover six activities focused on culture and discoveries in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord and the Îles de la Madeleine.

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Sustainable Tourism: How to Be a Better Traveller

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Travel is a privilege and an opportunity to have a positive impact, to make sure that the experience is beneficial for you as well as for the destination you’re visiting. We’re all more aware than ever of the importance of taking care of the planet and the people who inhabit it. As a traveller, you have the means to ensure that you travel responsibly. Here are some key elements to consider while planning and taking your trip.

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Percé: An Early-Season Stay Between Sea and Cliffs

   |   By Ulrich Josserand

Located at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, Percé is a destination that charms visitors. This area is very popular during the peak tourist season, but why not discover its attractions before everyone else? Enjoy all that Percé has to offer in complete tranquility as early as June! Here are some ideas for your trip.

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Bas-Saint-Laurent: Discover the Capital of Sunsets!

   |   By Ulrich Josserand

When visiting Bas-Saint-Laurent, be sure to turn your eyes to the west at the end of the day since this region is renowned for beautiful sunsets! As the sun slips below the horizon, the sky turns a glorious blaze of colours. Bas-Saint-Laurent is home to many magnificent places where you can soak up all this dazzling beauty. Here are seven you won’t want to miss!

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Inspiring Women Behind Exciting Local Projects!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

A trip to the maritime regions of Québec will certainly leave a lasting impression, not only because of the beauty of the landscapes but also because of the memorable people you will encounter here. To mark this International Women’s Day, we are pleased to spotlight four passionate women who have followed their dreams and invested in inspiring projects in the tourism industry in Eastern Québec.

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Ice Fishing in Eastern Québec: Fun and Fresh Fish Guaranteed!

   |   By Julie Soyez

As you can imagine, there are lots of fun activities you can enjoy in the winter in the maritime regions of Québec! However, there is one in particular that will bring the whole family together, give you a window into another world, and, with a bit of luck, contribute to a unique and flavourful dinner… Discover the joys of ice fishing in amazing frozen environments!

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What Animals Can You Observe in Eastern Québec in the Winter?

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

During the cold season, the natural areas in the maritime regions of Québec continue to teem with life. Of course, you’ll find outdoor enthusiasts skiing and snowshoeing in these areas, but small (and large) animals also frequent these places! Keep reading to discover some of the wildlife you may encounter during your winter excursions in Eastern Québec!

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Unusual Accommodations: Experience Winter in Québec in a Different Way

   |   By Jean-Pascal Côté, Le Québec maritime

Winter is a beautiful time of year to visit the province of Québec—and there are many ways for you to make the most of this season! To add a touch of magic to your winter adventures, have you considered staying in unusual accommodations in the maritime regions of Québec? Here are some lodging options that will add another dimension to your trip!

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7 Unusual Facts about Gaspésie

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Tourists in search of relaxation, wide-open spaces, excitement and a change of scenery have been visiting the Gaspé Peninsula for decades. But how well do you know this timeless vacation destination? Here are 7 unusual facts about the region that may surprise you.

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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 is 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 that you won’t want to miss!

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Discover Gaspé at Land’s End

   |   By Valérie Gasse

In Gaspé, the sea is everywhere! Known as Gespeg to the Mi’gmaq Nation, which means “land’s end,” Gaspé is located at the tip of the immense Gaspé Peninsula. So, if for you, a vacation means travelling towards multiple horizons and a complete change of scenery, then you’ll want to visit Gaspé! I lost my bearings here and I’m all the better for it

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3 Good Reasons to Stop in Percé on a Snowmobile Trip

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Gaspésie is particularly magical in the winter, and Percé, at the tip of the peninsula, is no exception! A popular destination in the summer and fall, this area also has lots to offer once it’s covered in a blanket of snow. Keep reading to find out why you should stop in Percé during your next snowmobile trip in this region.

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Explore the Îles de la Madeleine on Foot: Sentiers Entre Vents et Marées

   |   By Julie Soyez

In this era of speed and instant gratification, if there’s one place on Earth that resists this trend, it’s the Îles de la Madeleine! From gentle hills and bright red cliffs to endless beaches and bustling harbours, follow me to discover the famous Sentiers entre Vents et Marées trails, which were inspired by the Camino de Santiago.

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What to See by Snowmobile in Eastern Québec: Lake Témiscouata

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Bas-Saint-Laurent obviously has a maritime side to it, with snowmobile trails that run along the coast, but there are also some real gems hidden inland. Through the lush forest, you will encounter several frozen bodies of water, including majestic Lake Témiscouata. Discover what’s so special about this lake and where to go to admire it!

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What to See by Snowmobile in Eastern Québec: Chaleur Bay

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

In the winter, snow-covered forests and mountains border the sea in Gaspésie. If you ride along the south shore of this region, you’ll have several opportunities to admire Chaleur Bay, a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club! You may have already visited this area in the summer, but did you know that it’s just as beautiful in the cold season?

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Guided Snowmobile Excursions in Eastern Québec

   |   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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Explore the Îles de la Madeleine by Bus

   |   By Luc Montminy

Being assigned to the Islands is therefore pure pleasure! It feels like going on vacation instead of going to work. Tours of the archipelago focus on the region’s beautiful scenery, the warm hospitality of the locals as well as the delicious fish and seafood available throughout the Islands…

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15 Amazing Experiences Unique to Eastern Québec!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Home to immense natural spaces, abundant wildlife and a particularly rich history, Eastern Québec is sure to impress! Not surprisingly, our regions offer unique experiences and a multitude of fascinating sites to discover. Here are some you won’t find anywhere else in the world!

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The Distilleries of Eastern Québec: Discover the Soul of Our Regions Through their Spirits!

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Several new distilleries have been established in the maritime regions of Québec over the last few years, all operated by passionate people who want to showcase local ingredients in their products. Are you interested in visiting our eight distilleries to discover Eastern Québec with your taste buds? Here’s an overview of what awaits you at these sites.

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Wildlife Observation in the Fall: Species Not to Miss!

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Fall in the maritime regions of Québec is a prime season for wildlife observation. In national parks or in our many natural sites, you’ll find lots of animals to watch while disturbing them as little as possible and respecting their habitats. Here are the species you won’t want to miss when you next visit us in the fall!

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