The Québec maritime Blog

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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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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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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Spend Some Time in Percé

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

With its picture-perfect landscapes, Percé, in Gaspésie, is one of those destinations you dream of visiting at least once in a lifetime. This small seaside community is an ideal place to spend a few days discovering local attractions and soaking up the charming atmosphere.

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Why Visit the Îles de la Madeleine in the Fall?

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Travelling in the fall, when the frenzy of summer gives way to a slower pace, has several advantages. In the Îles de la Madeleine, this is the best season to relax and take your time to explore the archipelago. Here are three reasons to visit the Islands in the fall.

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Cultural Heritage Protectors

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Often guided by the sea, people from all walks of life have trodden the soil of our regions and populated these lands. As a result, Eastern Québec offer countless stories to discover. Fortunately, many sites that bear witness to the past have been preserved and are open to the public. Discover portraits of four of these people whose mission is to preserve the cultural heritage of our regions.

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Wow-Provoking Panoramic Views in Eastern Québec!

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

The sea, rivers, lakes, mountains, fields… Vast natural landscapes are found throughout the maritime regions of Québec, much to the delight of outdoor enthusiasts as well as those seeking peace and relaxation. It can be hard to figure out the best places to go to see the most beautiful views, which is why we’ve prepared this list to get you started!

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Natural Environment Protectors

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Wide open spaces, pristine landscapes stretching as far as the eye can see, rich and fascinating ecosystems… the regions of Eastern Québec have much to offer to those who wish to reconnect with nature. But for these natural environments to remain as extraordinary as they are, they must be protected. Here are portraits of four people who are committed to this work.

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Soak up the Exotic Charm of Havre-Saint-Pierre

   |   By Valérie Gasse

Certainly, the north shore of the St. Lawrence offers landscapes that are quite different from those found along the coast of my native Gaspésie—I felt transported to the border between reality and imagination. The taiga by the sea! It was a complete change of scenery.

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Wildlife Protectors

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

When you contemplate exploring the immense natural beauty found in the maritime regions of Québec, one of the first things that undoubtedly comes to mind is the many diverse wildlife species that make their homes in our regions. Passionate local people are on hand to help you gain access to these species while conveying important messages about protecting them.

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Tips for Identifying Whale Species

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

The maritime regions of Québec are some of the best places in the world to see whales. To prepare you for your next whale-watching excursion, here are some tips to help you identify the most common species found in our regions.

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8 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 8 you’ll want to add to your itinerary.

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Encounter History in Tadoussac

   |   By Jean-François Gratton

Tadoussac, a charming little village in Côte-Nord nestled in one of the most beautiful bays in the world, is widely recognized as one of the best places to see whales. It’s also a historic place that bears witness to our rich past, which is worth discovering in several local interpretation sites. So let’s take a little trip back in time…

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Off the Coast of the Îles de la Madeleine… A Sea of Flavours!

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine are a string of islands linked by sand dunes featuring red sandstone cliffs illuminated by the setting sun and colourful houses and fishing harbours that contrast with the blue of the sea and sky... Out at sea, fishermen haul in their catches, which are then transformed into culinary delights by local food artisans and chefs.

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Off the Coast of Côte-Nord… A Sea of Flavours!

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Côte-Nord borders the majestic St. Lawrence for over 1300 km along the coast as it widens from the estuary into the gulf. Sometimes under the moonlight during a spring tide, you’ll be amazed to see a shoal of capelin rolling in on the waves to spawn. This incredible scene illustrates the richness of the St. Lawrence in this region and provides an example of the many gourmet treasures found here.

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Off the Coast of Gaspésie… A Sea of Flavours!

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Surrounded by the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence and bordered to the south by magnificent Chaleur Bay, Gaspésie is one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Originating from the Mi’gmaq word Gespeg, which means “land’s end,” Gaspésie is a vast peninsula at the edge of the world that also offers a cornucopia of culinary delights to discover!

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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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