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Kamouraska, in Bas-Saint-Laurent
Photo Credit: Nicolas Gagnon/Tourisme Bas-Saint-Laurent
This scenic drive begins in La Pocatière, the western gateway to the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. By following Route 132, you will drive through a series of villages and coastal landscapes, each as beautiful as the last. Discover the region’s heritage and historic roadside crosses starting in Rivière-Ouelle, and learn the story of the Chapais family in Saint-Denis.
The village of Kamouraska is probably one of the best known resort towns in eastern Quebec. On weekends, Avenue Morel (Route 132) is crowded with visitors heading to local restaurants, fish markets, the bakery, shops, art galleries, the museum and the health spa. The traditional architecture of this region has been preserved in many heritage homes, some of which are now B&Bs.
After passing through Saint-André-de-Kamouraska, you will arrive in Notre-Dame-du-Portage. A popular seaside resort town in the late 19th century, this village features many heritage homes and villas, and still has a saltwater swimming pool open to the public.
When you reach the end of the village, take Côte de la Mer to backtrack to Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska. From there, Route 230 will take you through farming and logging villages with views of the St. Lawrence in the distance. You will then pass through Saint-Pascal and Saint-Pacôme on your way back to La Pocatière.