La Pocatière, the gateway to the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, is knownfor its educational institutions, the museum of ethnology and the livelycity centre where you will find cafes, shops, restaurants and many services. Take a break at the tourist information office on the Route du Quai, where the knowledgeable staff will be happy to provide information about local attractions. While there, visit the adjacent interpretive centre showcasing the St. Lawrence.
As you continue your tour along Route 132, you will pass through a succession of villages and coastal landscapes, each more lovely than the last. Discover the region’s heritage and historic way side crosses starting in Rivière-Ouelle, and learn the story of the Chapais family in Saint-Denis.
The village of Kamouraskais probably one of the best known resort towns in eastern Quebec. On weekends, Avenue Morel (Route 132) is crowded with visitors to the many restaurants, fish markets, bakery, shops and art galleries, as well as the museum and health spa. The traditional architecture of the region has been preserved in many magnificent homes, some of which are now B&Bs.
Continue to Saint-André, where you can enjoy a meal and stay the night before taking the Route du Fleuve to ride along the shore to Notre-Dame-du-Portage. A popular seaside resort town in the late19th century, the village features many period homes and villas, and still has a saltwater swimming pool open to the public.
When you reach the end of the village, make a hard right to backtrack on Route 132, then turn left uphill onto Côte de la Mer. Turn right onto Chemin du Lac, then right onto the 3e Rang, which will lead you to Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraskato the west.
As you continue on Route 232 from Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska, you will pass through farming and logging villages with views of the St. Lawrence in the distance. In Saint-Pascal, take advantage of the diverse shopping and services or even spend the night.
Return to La Pocatière, passing through the charming village of Saint-Pacôme.