Province/Territory: Quebec

Exploring les îsles de la Madeleine, Gaspésie, Bas St-Laurent, Manicouagan and Duplessis

  • 05 distinct regions
  • 128 steps to the top of the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site lighthouse
  • 130000 white-tailed deer on a single island

The eastern-most tourism regions of the province of Quebec, combine to form Quebec Maritime: Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, les Îles de la Madeleine, Manicouagan and Duplessis. Though each has its own particular charm and landscapes, all share a wealth of outdoor activities. Proximity to the sea offers whale watching experiences and a culture of seafarers steeped in French Canadian charm. Boreal forests and scenic mountains provide an ideal escape for trekking, camping and snowmobiling. Ecotourists and culture buffs will feel the warm Quebecois welcome for all visitors.

Outdoor adventure

  • Immerse yourself in the wilderness surrounding Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge. Hike, bike and discover the wonders of the untouched interior of the Gaspé Peninsula.
  • Visit Anticosti Island in Côte-Nord – Duplessis to experience Vauréal Falls, view impressive canyons, go sea kayaking or horseback riding and fish in one of the 24 salmon rivers.
  • Discover Saguenay Fjord National Park in the Côte-Nord – Manicouagan region to view stunning landscapes. Hike, kayak, go backcountry skiing and snowshoeing, or try your hand at ice fishing.

Road trips & Train travel

  • Thousands of kilometres of open road along the Gaspésie Tour, the Whale Route and on the Îles de la Madeleine offer scenic views of Québec maritime that are nothing short of spectacular.
  • Tour by car or by motorcycle and discover enchanting valleys and villages as well as breathtaking views of the sea.
  • Go off-road and tour the wilderness by ATV. In Gaspésie alone, there are over 2000 kilometres (1200 miles) of trails, while one of the trails in Côte-Nord leads to a spectacular lookout over the world-famous Saguenay Fjord.
  • Ride the train for a stunning, panoramic view from Montréal to Gaspé on VIA Rail.

Arts & Culture

  • Gaze at the red cliffs of Parc National de Miguasha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated for its fossils of the first crawling fish.
  • Uncover two centuries of maritime history, learn the fate of the Empress of Ireland, tour a century-old lighthouse and become a submariner inside the decommissioned Onondaga at Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père in Rimouski.
  • Enjoy the International Garden Festival, a collection of 20 vivid and wildly conceptual gardens created by some of the world’s most provocative designers, held each summer at Jardins de Métis, a National Historic Site of Canada.
  • Tour Bic National Park to see where archeological digs have uncovered remains of several aboriginal encampments, some dating back thousands of years.
  • Be sure to visit the many artists studios you'll find in the beautiful rural villages.

Nature & Wildlife

  • Hop aboard the JV Exploramer for an eco-tour sea excursion to explore the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Examine a crab trap, identify plankton specimens and test the waters like a real marine scientist.
  • Hike the interpretive trail of the Bioparc in Gaspésie to come into close contact with animals indigenous to the region. Visit the insectarium and meet the friendly animals at the petting farm.
  • Hop in a kayak or follow a guide for a moose encounter at the Matane Wildlife Reserve.

Weather

  • The warmest months of the year are July, August and September, when temperatures fluctuate between 20°C and 28°C, sometimes reaching as high as 35°C.
  • Winter, by contrast, can be cold particularly in January and February, with average temperatures fluctuating between -6°C and -19°C.
  • Spring, which lasts from April - June, brings mild temperatures between -2°C to 15°C • Autumn which includes October and November, sees average lows of just below 0°C and highs of 5°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: 484, 033 km2
Largest City: Rimouski
Population: 442,742
Official Languages: French & English (French predominent)
Provincial Motto: “Je me souviens." (I remember)

When to go
  • In spring, grab your binoculars to watch the migratory birds and enjoy a feast of fresh crab and lobster.
  • Summer is a great time to visit national parks, go whale watching, kayaking, swimming and more.
  • When the leaves turn brilliant colours in the fall, cycle along the Petit Témis bike trail, or hike part of the International Appalachian Trail or try your hand at wind sports in the Îles de la Madeleine.
  • Quebec Maritime winter is the time to ski in the Chic-Choc Mountains, go snowmobiling along the 6000 kilometres of trails.
Getting Here
Getting around
  • Getting around the Quebec Maritime region can involve a combination of rail, road and water transportation.
  • General information on getting around Québec Maritime.