Set on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, Chaudière-Appalaches has a bird’s eye view of Québec City.

This region has so much to offer: 200 km (125 mi.) of shoreline and an archipelago, the magnificent Appalachians that come alive in dazzling fall colours, and 350 years of history depicting the transformation from New France to modern-day Québec.

Last but not least, Lévis offers the best vantage of Québec City. Did anyone say photo op?

How to get there

Distance between main cities

Montréal
306km
Québec
83km
Gatineau
496km

Did you know?

The region is home to 50% of Québec’s sugar maples.

To be discovered absolutely

A stunning 21-island archipelago, creative artisans, tasty local products, not to mention the Appalachians providing a gigantic playground.

Saint-Jean-Port-Joli

In Québec, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli has enjoyed a reputation for its sculptors for more than a century, starting with the Bourgault brothers.

It is also home to a former seigneury manor house that is now a museum of living memory and intangible heritage—providing you with details that aren’t in the history books. Every year, this treasured lore, including the region’s maritime past, is celebrated. In August, you can sway to the sounds of “sea shanties”—traditional maritime work songs... “Hoist, pump, row, drink!”

Hop on a joli vélo bicycle and tour the sculpture studios. It’s free!

And speaking of drinking, why not kick back with a craft brew, such as a Monsieur Madame, at the Ras l’Bock microbrewery and take in the sea view from beneath the wooden arches of its terrace.

For theatre buffs and foodies: don’t miss the La Roche à Veillon theatre and restaurant, featuring top-notch shows and scrumptious traditional Québec cuisine.

Parc des Appalaches

A simply phenomenal park: three activity areas reflecting the complex biodiversity of the Appalachians, three summits with breathtaking views, shuttle service for hikers and canoe-campers, and dogs are welcome. What’s more, the park offers special activities for dog owners and their four-legged friends. Isn’t that the cat’s meow?

The park boasts 140 km (87 mi.) of trails: biking, hiking and cani-RAID (adventure courses with your dog). They’ve thought of everything.

The Delights and Parks Route: a four-day circuit featuring outdoor activities and gourmet products.

If you’d like to stay over, there are 150 campsites, forest shelters and cottages nestled along the lakes and rivers.

We can’t help but share the abundant beauty of this park with you. There’s more than enough to go around!

Isle-aux-Grues archipelago

Islands are always a little mysterious, but a 21-island archipelago with so much to offer spells veritable adventure!

These islands are home to no less than 250 bird species. From the timid little penguins known as razorbills that stick together in little groups, to the extroverted snow geese that prefer crowds, it’s a birdwatcher’s paradise.

The ancient festival of Mid-Lent is still celebrated in Isle-aux-Grues

To protect this fragile ecosystem, the Jean-Paul-Riopelle Nature Reserve was established on a 300-hundred-year-old maple grove. These maples witnessed a century of immigrants coming up the river to Grosse-Île, home to human tragedy and exceptional dedication.

The islands were much loved by artist Jean Paul Riopelle, and one of the best cheeses produced by the Fromagerie Île-aux-Grues even bears his name: Riopelle de l’Isle.

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Chaudière-Appalaches is a river, an archipelago, maple syrup and much more!

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