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The Navigators’ Route – Along the St. Lawrence River South Shore
Tour Distance: 305 km (190 mi.)
Regions: City & Area, Chaudière-Appalaches and Bas-Saint-Laurent
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1. As you wind through the old streets of Lower Town in Québec, you will catch sight of a lovely city on the opposite shore of the St. Lawrence River. It is Lévis, the departure point for a trip that could take you to the Navigators’ Route should you follow Route 132 east towards the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. To begin your adventure, climb aboard the ferry linking Old Québec to the city of Lévis.
2. The city of Lévis holds many treasures for you to uncover. The rich heritage found in Old Lévis is exceptional. And let’s not forget the Parcours des Anses, a multipurpose linear park found alongside the river that is part of the Route Verte and Trans Canada trail networks.
3. On the road to Montmagny, you will get a chance to stop at Berthier-sur-Mer for a cruise with Croisières Lachance. This company’s excursions can take you to either Crane Island or to the Grosse Île National Historic Site, which was a quarantine station for the Port of Québec and main point of entry from immigrants coming to Canada until the First World War.
4. A village on your trip, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli was recognized in 1721. During the 1759 Conquest, all the houses were burned per orders of the British general James Wolfe. Today, you can visit the village church, a masterpiece of Québec religious heritage.
5. Here you are, on the doorstep of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. A stop at Rivière-du-Loup is called for, so you can visit the Bas-Saint-Laurent Museum or enjoy a boat excursion discovering whales on the St. Lawrence River.
6. Before arriving in Rimouski, a stop at Bic National Park is a must! With capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains, the park is a refuge for thousands of seabirds and seals. This is a great place to enjoying boating and outdoor activities in luxuriant nature.
7. Continuing on, you will find yourself in Québec’s oceanic capital, Rimouski, where you can discover the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site and revisit the sinking of the Empress of Ireland. There, you can also tour the Onondaga submarine, one-of-a-kind in Canada.