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Photo Credit: Nicolas Gagnon/Tourisme Bas-Saint-Laurent
Starting in Rivière-du-Loup, head west on Route 132 towards Saint-André-de-Kamouraska, the starting point of the Border Route (Route 389), which crosses the region of Bas-Saint-Laurent in a north-south direction and runs along the border between Québec and Maine or New Brunswick.
After passing through Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska, continue south on Route 389, which meanders through beautiful scenery to Pohénégamook and the lake of the same name. A sandy beach, resort, restaurants and inns all add to this area’s holiday feel. Don’t miss the small international bridge and the Canada-US border marker in Estcourt, one of the communities in Pohénégamook.
A few miles further, at Rivière-Bleue, head north on Route 232 towards the Cabano community in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac. A favourite stop for many riders, this area boasts many B&Bs and restaurants, including Auberge du Chemin Faisant, one of the best restaurants in the region. Lake Témiscouata, which is over 40 km (25 mi.) long, forms a spectacular backdrop for the whole town. If you have time, make sure to visit the latest addition to Québec’s network of national parks, Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata, just across the lake.
To complete this loop ride, take Highway 85 North through Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!to the Route 291 exit to Saint-Honoré-de-Témiscouata. This road will lead you through a series of villages all the way back to Rivière-du-Loup.
Take the time to discover the many attractions of Rivière-du-Loup, including Parc des Chutes, which is right downtown. The city offers sea excursions departing from the wharf as well as lodging options for every taste and budget.