Between sea and sky
Bordered to the south by the Appalachians and the Maine border and bisected by the Chaudière river valley, the region is dotted with a string of riverside villages that are some of the loveliest in Québec. Take a moment to admire the architecture of its manors, seigneuries, ancestral homes and mills.
The many parks have preserved the natural heritage of the Chaudière-Appalaches. A slice of paradise outdoors, they offer activities sure to please young and old. The region also has a number of bike paths that will offer cyclists hours of pleasure.
- The Seigneurie des Aulnaies and the Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière, two stately manors from the mid 19th century, take you back to seigniorial life by letting you sample delicious regional products.
- A day trip to Grosse Île, in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, takes you back to the same era, testifying to the adversity thousands of Irish immigrants faced while quarantined there.
- At L’Islet, the Musée maritime du Québec recounts the sea life of modern-day sailors. Back on land, the oldest ancestral homes in the region tower along the shores of Rivière Chaudière, all of which are catalogued at the Musée Marius Barbeau.
- The region’s incredible geological heritage is on display at the Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines, where you can admire minerals sourced locally and from the world over, including precious and semi-precious stones.
- The Parc national de Frontenac encompasses part of the magnificent Lac Saint François (51 km² / 20 sq. mi.), an ideal spot for bird watching (over 144 species), water sports and hiking.
- Cyclists and hikers will love the Parcours des Anses, a multi-purpose trail that is one of the most beautiful outdoor corridors in Québec, winding 15 km (9 mi.) along the St. Lawrence River.
- The little-known Appalaches and Massif-du-Sud regional parks are overflowing with incredible sites and breathtaking views.