Following Route 132 from the Centre-du-Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches regions, you will join the Bas-Saint-Laurent section of the Route des Navigateurs at La Pocatière in Kamouraska county.
With most traffic staying on Highway 20, you’ll then ride on tranquil Route 132 through a string of peaceful villages among Victorian-era homes on the shores of the St. Lawrence, recalling the heyday of the 19th century seaside resorts.
At Rivière-du-Loup , the St. Lawrence already reaches a width of
23 kilometres and is referred to as the “sea”. This is also where the Route des Phares (lighthouse trail) begins. You can visit three lighthouses in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region: the lighthouse on
Île du Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie, located off Rivière-du-Loup, and the Île Verte lighthouse, the oldest on
the St. Lawrence, and the Pointe-au-Père lighthouse in Rimouski.
A string of islands open to visitors dots the St. Lawrence in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Enjoy an outing on the water to discover the animals and plants of the St. Lawrence, whether by kayak, Zodiac or larger boats for whale-watching cruises. In Trois-Pistoles, you’ll be enchanted by local legends and charmed by the Basque culture.
For a stretch on the way from Saint-Simon to Rimouski, the road passes among rocky ridges and outcroppings. Views of the St. Lawrence are framed between the mountains and islands of Le Bic creating one of the most striking landscapes in the region. Plan a stop in the Parc national du Bic, where the natural beauty of the site is revealed through a multitude of activities.
Rimouski, the region’s largest city, stretches along the shores of the St. Lawrence. Enjoy the sea breezes while strolling on the shoreline Promenade or the sandy beach just a short distance away in Sainte-Luce, a favourite for summer outings.
After Sainte-Luce, you reach the end of the Route des Navigateurs and, beginning in Sainte-Flavie, you enter the Gaspésie tourist region where more adventures await.
Be sure to get your copy of the Route des Navigateurs brochure for more details about this tour