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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 brand new Lac-Témiscouata National Park, 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.
For more information, visit the Tourisme Bas-Saint-Laurent site.