Welcome to Eastern Québec, an area of extraordinary landscapes and vibrant culture. Nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers will find plenty of pursuits like hiking, biking, and encounters on the water, including opportunities to spot whales, kayak, and go canyoning, all followed by stays in distinctive accommodations nestled within the natural environment. In Québec by the Sea, as the area is also known, you’ll travel through Gaspésie, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Côte-Nord, and the Îles de la Madeleine as you enjoy outdoor experiences. Here, every thrilling activity is underpinned by a Quality-Safety certification to make sure your adventures are memorable and as safe as possible.
ItineraryPLAN YOUR TRIP
Day 1Bike, Hike, and Discover Waterfalls in Bas-Saint-Laurent
Head to the Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata, a park in the Notre-Dame Mountains’ natural region that covers an area of 70 square miles. Follow the bike paths that join the expansive 75-mile Petit-Témis Interprovincial Linear Park. Or hike the Sutherland trail for a glimpse of the majestic Sutherland Falls. You can also spend your day on Lake Témiscouata or the Touladi lakes with an excursion by canoe, kayak, pedal boat, or stand-up paddleboard.
Then drive 50 minutes to Terfa - Canyon des Portes de l’Enfer, which translates to the Hell’s Gate Canyon. Marvel at the 65-foot high Grand Sault waterfall before taking your pick from 12 miles of hiking trails and the highest suspension footbridge in Québec at 295 feet high. Test yourself on the 300-step staircase down to the Rimouski River, known as the Descent into Hell.
Day 2 Welcome to the Gaspésie Region
After your excursion, head to Auberge Griffon Aventure in the Forillon National Park. You can stay here in fully equipped cottages or prospector tents, and take part in canyoning, sea cruising, or fishing. If you choose to go canyoning you’ll experience a wet and wild adventure complete with natural waterslides, pools, and waterfalls. Once you’re back on dry land again, head to the onsite bistro for a delicious bite.
Day 4Parc national de la Gaspésie
Avid hikers will be spoiled for choice with trails featuring dense forests, rugged peaks, and abundant wildlife ranging from leisurely strolls to week-long outback adventures. Along the famous International Appalachian Trail that cuts through the park, you’ll spot the iconic summits of Mt. Albert and Mt. Jacques-Cartier.
On the St Lawrence River, a 30-minute drive away, you’ll find Eskamer Aventure, which offers rustic camping so you can rest before another day of adventures. You can also try canyoning here in alpine lakes or go sea kayaking to observe marine mammals and birds. For an otherworldly experience, wait until nightfall and discover the bioluminescence of the phytoplankton by kayaking in the dark. Just over an hour from Eskamer Aventure dine at Cargo, a restaurant at the Riôtel Matane hotel, for generous surf-and-turf dishes to share with river views.
Day 5Take the Ferry to Côte-Nord
Then drive to Attitude Nordique. Take your pick from a range of thrilling outdoor activities including rock climbing, sea kayaking, or traditional rabaska canoeing. All activities are as thrilling as they are safe thanks to certified instructors. There are also plenty of hiking trails to explore and mountain biking, as well as a range of lodging options, including a loft on the beach, prospector tents, and camping spots.
For a longer expedition on the water, book a sea kayaking adventure lasting between 1–4 days along the Mingan Archipelago with Noryak Aventures, about 250 miles east of Baie-Comeau. Or choose a six-day rafting trip on the Magpie River, which includes a dramatic entrance via hydroplane transport before you explore the wilds of the Boreal Forest.
Day 6See the Fjord
Alternatively, you could spend the night at Mer et Monde Écotours where they offer guided sea kayaking on the St. Lawrence River and rustic accommodations, including campsites on sand or wood platforms, canvas tents, and cabins, all with picnic tables. Listen for the sound of the whales as you camp.
Day 7Extend Your Trip in the Îles de la Madeleine
Twelve islands make up the archipelago, but only six are inhabited. It’s a picture-postcard destination known for stunning natural beauty, a rugged coastline, and charming fishing villages rich with Acadian culture and heritage.
Opportunities abound to be active with sea kayaking, kitesurfing, cycling, and hiking on offer. Treat yourself to the islands’ seafood delicacies, including lobster, oysters, and mussels. The ideal retreat for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, the Îles de la Madeleine are a rewarding way to make your Québec visit even more special.