West of Rivière-du-Loup, take Route 132 to Route 289 in Saint-André, the starting point for the Route des Frontières along the borders with Maine and New Brunswick.
After passing through Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska, a beautiful winding road leads you to Pohénégamook, a resort town on the shoresof a lake of the same name. The sandy beach, resort, restaurants and inns all add to the ambiance of the area’s “holiday village”. You will passthrough Pohénégamook’s three distinct sectors: Saint-Éleuthère, Estcourtand Sully. Stop in the Parc de la Frontière in Estcourt and visit the small international bridge, as well as the Canada-US border marker.
Continue on to Rivière-Bleue, then take Route 232 toward the Cabano sector of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac. A favourite stop formany riders, the town boasts many B&Bs and restaurants (including one of the best restaurants in the Bas-Saint-Laurent!), a main street where visitors rub shoulders with locals, and the Parc Clair Soleil – a lively summer time gathering place. Over 42 kilometres in length, LacTémiscouata forms a delightful backdrop for the whole town. If you have time, make sure to visit the brand new Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata, just across the lake.
To complete the tour, take Highway 85 North, passing through Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, to the Route 291 exit toward Saint-Honoré-de-Témiscouata. Route 291 will lead you through Saint-Hubert-de-Rivière-du-Loup, Saint-François-Xavier-de-Viger, Saint-Épiphane, Saint-Arsèneand finally back to Rivière-du-Loup, the second largest city in the region.
Take the time to explore Rivière-du-Loup’s many attractions, from the waterfall in the heart of downtown at the Parc des Chutes to sea cruises, including restaurants and lodging to suit every taste and every budget. The shoreline Parc de la Pointe is a great place to enjoy the St. Lawrence and the spectacular sunsets the region is known for.
Be sure to get your copy of the Route des Frontières brochure for more details about this tour.
JAL SCENIC BYWAY
From the Notre-Dame-du-Lac district in Témiscouata sur-le-Lac, you will be able to take the ferry that will bring you to Saint-Juste-du-Lac. From there, join Route 295 (also accessible via Dégelis), then Auclair and Lejeune. This undulating and sinuous road is especially beautiful in autumn. Take this opportunity to stop to the new Lac-Témiscouata National Park, in Squatec, or to continue your adventure on the Tour of the Basque Country and Highlands.