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Bas-Saint-Laurent is a region to discover and exploring all its corners requires spending several days there. In this article, I offer you a small portrait of the far east of this magnificent region, that is to say Rimouski and its surroundings. Whether you are in transit or your final destination is Rimouski, you will have no regrets in lingering in the region.
On the way
Like any road trip worthy of the name, a few stops in transit are required. My advice is to take route 132 which runs along the river and not highway 20. Follow the directions for the navigators' route. I recommend that you take it from the village of La Pocatière. It actually begins in Trois-Rivières but save your discoveries for another trip and take it one portion at a time!
For more information on the points of interest on this route, consult this site: https://routedesnavigateurs.ca/fr/
Village of La Pocatière
Near the Collège Sainte-Anne, in the village, there is a small mountain with a beautiful view at the top. Allow around 40 minutes round trip. It's perfect for stretching your legs.
Tête d’Allumette Microbrewery – Saint-André
The terrace offers a superb view and the beers are fabulous! http://tetedally.com/
Village of Kamouraska
Short stroll on the main street to visit the art galleries, chocolate shops, cafes, bakeries, delicatessens etc. Pretty terraces too!
Village of Trois-Pistoles
The Trois Pistoles church is superb and the little village is charming. I highly recommend the poutine from the Fromagerie des Basques snack bar and its real Kwick Kwick cheese fresh daily. The brioche garlic bread is also fabulous. http://fromageriedesbasques.ca/
To destination (Rimouski):
Bic National Park
The Pic Champlain hike, right in the park, offers a superb view. Plan at least 2 hours. Note that due to Covid measures, YOU MUST PURCHASE YOUR DAILY ACCESS ONLINE BEFORE YOUR VISIT. NO ON-SITE TRANSACTION POSSIBLE. Bic National Park is truly a must so plan ahead.
The Golf-du-Bic road outside the park is less busy and offers you another interesting view of the park.
Canyon of the Gates of Hell
In the hinterland (35 minutes north of Rimouski), the Canyon des Portes de l'Enfer park gives you access to magnificent trails, falls and the highest footbridge in Quebec. The maze and the magical interactive trail were a great success for our children. That said, the park is also for adults! https://canyonportesenfer.qc.ca/
The island of Saint-Barnabé offers kilometers of hiking trails from which you can contemplate magnificent sunsets as well as an interpretive program covering the history of human occupation over the years. You can get to the island thanks to frequent shuttles that depart from the Rimouski marina during the summer season. For more information: https://www.ilestbarnabe.com/
Pointe-au-Père maritime historic site
Don't miss the Onondaga, a 90 meter submarine! The interior visit is closed in 2020 for the submarine and the lighthouse but an exterior stroll is in order! The impressive Onondaga submarine and the enchanting site of Pointe-au-Père are worth the detour.
The Empress of Ireland museum also on the historic site of Pointe-au-Père tells the incredible story of this liner which sank in 14 minutes on the night of May 29, 1914. Its terrible sinking remains to this day the greatest tragedy maritime history of Canada. Fifty years later, the wreck has been located and has been protected as cultural property since 1999. https://www.shmp.qc.ca/
Village of Sainte-Luce
Along Route 132, this village whose main street is lined with small shops and pretty seaside terraces is known for its long beach.
Village of Sainte-Flavie
At the heart of the arts route, this small village is known, among other things, for “Le Grand Rassemblement”, a unique work of nature art created in several parts by Marcel Gagnon: http://www.centredart.net/ the-big-gathering/ )
The Métis Gardens
The reputation of the Jardins de Métis is well established. It is known as one of the largest gardens in North America. 3,000 species and varieties of plants, including the famous Himalayan blue poppy, are spread across around fifteen gardens. The contemporary gardens offer an interactive space to the delight of children. https://www.jardinsdemetis.com/
Nearby, the village of Métis-sur-Mer offers a beautiful, intimate beach.
Local gin lovers, stop at the Mitis distillery to taste Gin Mugo. You will undoubtedly be entitled to a warm welcome worthy of the region. This Gin with unique flavors is designed in partnership with Jardins de Métis which cultivates the Mugo fir, used to make the Gin of the same name.
You probably have your own list of must-haves. Don’t hesitate to share your discoveries in the comments!
Have a good trip!