Nature and fine cuisine on the river’s north shore, between Montréal and the city of Québec, in Lanaudière and Mauricie.

Take the time to loop around these two regions that offer up an abundance of nature and the best of Québec: parks, trails and lakes, gourmet routes, forest inns, urban hotels, art and science museums, and much more. All that between Montréal and the city of Québec.

561 km

You’ll enjoy exploring this route by car or on a motorbike, winding through country back roads, north of the St. Lawrence River, and taking a seaplane tour in Mauricie.



Day 1

From Saint-Calixte to Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci

A night in a tree cabin at Kabania

Many children dream of sleeping in a cabin perched in a tree or resting on stilts. That dream can come true, even for adults, at Kabania in the heart of the Ouareau forest. Accommodations that are eco-responsible.

Day 2

From Saint-Donat to Saint-Michel-des-Saints

Parc national du Mont-Tremblant

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While La Pimbina sector of Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, accessible via Sain-Donat, is less known than the Lac-Supérieur sector in the Laurentians, its natural setting is equally grandiose. Enjoy its many lakes for canoeing, kayaking and swimming.

Auberge du Lac Taureau

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At the end of the day, where better to rest than at Auberge du Lac Taureau, known for its local cuisine, health treatments and outdoor activities. Also called the Réservoir Taureau, this immense lake boasts 31.7 km (19.7 mi.) of sandy beach.

Day 3

Spa, outdoors and fine dining

Auberge du Lac Taureau

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Spend the day at the site of Auberge du Lac Taureau, where you can enjoy many activities: horseback riding, water sports, fishing, swimming at a beach that runs for close to 32 km (20 mi.), tennis, golf and even tomahawk throwing!

Auberge du Vieux Moulin

Next, head to Auberge du Vieux Moulin, where families and couples can enjoy many relaxation packages, including the spa, fishing, outdoor activities and fine dining. For sleeping? Choose a room in the inn or a night in a cottage or tepee. Why not!

Day 4

A day of gourmet food and a starry night by a lake

Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc

Without knowing it, you have just crossed into Mauricie. The Lac Blanc outfitter is a family resort that offers cottages and rooms in the inn. The perfect spot to spend the night in order to be in top shape the next morning for fun and adventure!

Abbaye Val Notre-Dame and gourmet routes

The Abbaye Val Notre-Dame, where you can buy cheese, cider, chocolate and other local products, is part of the “Through the green valleys” circuit. It’s one of the five gourmet routes of Goûtez Lanaudière. Ready for a bit of agritourism?

Day 5

Saint-Alexis-des-Monts seen from the air

Helicopter ride over the region

Spend the day at the Lac Blanc outfitter, which has 12 lakes abounding with fish. Between your fishing trip and visits to the aquatic centre and Indigenous site, enjoy an unforgettable helicopter ride over the region’s lakes.

Hôtel Sacacomie

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Just a few kilometres from the Lac Blanc outfitter, the day comes to an end at Hôtel Sacacomie, offering you a luxurious stay in nature, and nothing less. This log-constructed hotel has an energy-saving spa and a restaurant.

Day 6

From Shawinigan to Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc

Cité de l'énergie

After enjoying nature at Sacacomie, it’s time to leave the forest. The city of Shawinigan showcases its industrial past at the Cité de l’énergie, through exhibitions, an observation tower, a hydroelectric station and more.

Auberge Refuge du Trappeur

If you enjoyed it before, you can sleep in a tepee again at the Auberge Refuge du Trappeur. Set the mood by going on a guided evening tour to spot black bears, and the next day take a canoe excursion at dawn to observe moose.

Day 7

From Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc to Trois-Rivières

La Mauricie National Park

We leave our friends at the inn after visiting the Mokotakan Indigenous Ecomuseum. We are next to 526 km2 (207 sq. mi.) of nature in the Mauricie National Park. In a day, you’ll be able to hike only a few trails, and go canoeing and swimming.

Seaplane tour

Late afternoon is the perfect time to fly over the region and its lake-spotted forest aboard a Hydravion Aventure seaplane. Its seaplane base is located in Saint-Étienne-des-Grès, south of Shawinigan.

A stay at the Delta Hotel

The day ends with a check-in at the comfortable Delta Hotel, in downtown Trois-Rivières. You’ll soon be ready to take in the city’s cafés or bars if you’re not too tired after spending the whole day outdoors.

Day 8

Sugar shack and museum: culinary art, modern art

Traditional meal at a sugar shack

There is a sugar shack that is open year-round, not just in the spring! At the Cabane à sucre Chez Dany, Québec customs are very much alive, including traditional music, meals based on maple syrup and taffy on snow.

King’s Road and Gilles-Villeneuve Museum

At times running along the St. Lawrence River, King’s Road is the country’s oldest ridable road. It’s an attraction in and of itself, with heritage buildings as well as the Gilles-Villeneuve Museum in Berthierville, honouring a car racing legend.

Musée d’art de Joliette

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Our trip ends with a stop at the Musée d’art de Joliette. You wouldn’t know that this was one of Québec’s most important art museums. It’s worth taking the time to discover its contemporary art collections and its activities.