This route along Rivière Chaudière takes you off the beaten path into nature, history and the great outdoors.

Folk in the Beauce region are known to be friendly and passionate. As this route criss-crosses the stunning river valley, you will discover three parks, three museums, a covered bridge, and those delicious little cakes made by the Vachon family. Are you familiar with their friend Jos Louis?

Check out the official website for the complete route.

117 km

Whether by car, motorcycle or bike, discover the Route de la Beauce, where lush green landscapes and agritourism farms abound. It’s also a veritable paradise for all things maple!



Day 1


Domaine Taschereau nature park

The vestiges of a former seigniorial estate, Domaine Taschereau is set on a flood plain. The site features an elevated walkway and interpretation panels explaining the turbulent nature of Rivière Chaudière. Enjoy a stunning morning walk.

Maison J.-A. Vachon

Enjoy an afternoon visit to the birthplace of the “Jos Louis,” one of Québecers’ favourite cakes produced by the Vachon family business. Learn all about the history and production of Vachon cakes.

Day 2

Sainte-Marie and Vallée-Jonction

Musée de l’aviation

Take off for the Musée de l’aviation and discover how Québec and many Beauce inhabitants played a key role in civil aviation, transatlantic connections, airmail and bush flying. Our creativity has wings!

Musée ferroviaire de Beauce

Continue on to the Musée ferroviaire de Beauce set in a century-old train station. It features miniature trains, a railway bridge, a galley, cabooses fit for a Western movie and the reconstruction of a period waiting room.

Day 3


Musée Marius-Barbeau

Musée Marius-Barbeau showcases the Beauce’s legendary history, as well as local and international artistic talent. Be sure to visit the church to learn about the region’s religious heritage.

Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce Institutional Ensemble

At the time, Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce was the stronghold of Beauce’s notable leaders, as reflected in its affluent homes and buildings. They are part of a heritage group called the Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce Institutional Ensemble.

Day 4


Parc des Rapides-du-Diable

What’s the story behind the name Rapides-du-Diable you ask? Find out by hiking the 1-km trail , which features 7 interpretation panels. This site is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic and breathtaking views of the river.

Véloroute de la Chaudière

Hop on a bike in the afternoon and follow the 146-km Véloroute bike path through the stunning Chaudière river valley. If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent one in Sainte-Marie.

Day 5

Notre-Dame-des-Pins and Saint-Georges

Perrault covered bridge

Opened in 1929, the Perrault covered bridge is the longest in Québec and the second longest in Canada. It’s a must-see! Learn all about its history through a guided tour and interpretation panels.

Domaine de la Seigneurie

Come spring, it smells fabulous at Domaine de la Seigneurie, home to North America’s largest collection of lilac plants. Make the most of your visit and enjoy the site’s bike paths, hiking trails, water games and exercise circuits.

Day 6

Saint-Georges and Saint-Gédéon-de-Beauce

Parc des Sept-Chutes

Start off your day 25 m above the ground—wow! The suspension bridge at Parc des Sept-Chutes boasts a breathtaking view of Rivière Pozer and gigantic, 200-year-old pine trees. Explore 8 km of hiking trails!

Centre multi-art and papal podium

This route ends off with a visit to the Centre multi-art, home to shows, exhibitions and a papal podium. For real! Pope Jean-Paul II used it during his visit in 1984. The podium was manufactured in Saint-Gédéon and was repatriated.

Discover all the secrets of the Route de la Beauce

Visit the official website of the Route de la Beauce for more information and to make sure you don’t miss your chance to taste a little Vachon cake.