Coastal Towns and Villages
To travel along the St. Lawrence River, is to voyage on the beauty of a storied river. Shaped by the proximity of the great river, the coastal towns and villages reflect their love for the sea. The brackish tide waters touch the hearts of one community after another along this magnificent landscape.
The coastal towns and villages were the first seigneuries granted in New France. Land of history, tragedy and courage, these communities are testimonies to the past.
Travelling along the St. Lawrence River on Highway 132, the landscape rolls along and reinvents itself every kilometre. At times, near the shore, with views of the mountains of Charlevoix in the background, the shoreline and waves. At other times in the heart of a village where the road becomes narrow while passing rows of traditional ancestral homes.
The Côte-du-Sud coast is the tales of fishermen, ice boats, lighthouse keepers, sea breezes and the sound of sea birds. It's the Côte-du-Sud where we find the largest maritime heritage collections in Quebec. It's also the land that celebrates the "Fête des chants de marins" a festival of sea shanties dedicated to the glory of maritime musical traditions.
It's to the shores of the Côte-du-Sud that the Snow Geese return twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall, like a great symphony of the wild.
Follow the call of the river to adventure and enchantment!