A PROGRAM OF THE
QUEBEC MARINE ASSOCIATION
DISCOVER THE GREAT
BECAUSE ON THE WATER...
LIFE IS GREAT!
RICH MARITIME HISTORY!
Lake of Deux-Montagnes
Québec - Lévis
Richelieu River South - Lake Champlain
ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
All along the St. Lawrence, from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon, discover the scale of our vast land
Located in the heart of the Parc marin du Saguenay-Saint-Laurent, the Haute-Côte-Nord Nautical Station is arrestinggly beautiful. It is without a doubt Quebec's best place for watching whales and other marine mammals on the Saint-Lawrence, particularly at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord. While there, visit Tadoussac, one of the prettiest bays in the world, and dive into history at Canada's oldest village. Are you a diving fan? With incomparrable water flora and fauna, the Escoumins site is among the most popular in the country. Sea urchins, starfish, and other brightly coloured marine animals are only some of the things awaiting you. Who knows, you might even hear a whale sing? Whether it's the river, the salt marshes, the mountain summits, the sandy beaches or the salmon-filled rivers, you are sure to fall in love with this nautical destination's unquestionable charm.
With a magnificient backdrop of a stunning coastal backdrop nestled between mountains and the ocean, the Gaspé Peninsula's north coast offers a range of choice for your nautical adventures. Discover the Chic-Choc mountains, the Parc national de la Gaspésie and the pretty maritime villages dotting the countryside. Beyond being an excellent location for traditional activities like sail boating and sea kayaking, the area remains an undiscovered paradise for kitesurfing, underwater diving, rafting, salmon fishing and canyoning, which combines hiking, swimming and climbing your way across rocky terrain towards a remote plunging waterway. Along the coast, ocean interpretive sites will introduce you to the region's lighthouses and the Saint-Lawrence's history and natural wealth. While you're there, you won't want tomiss sampling the "route gourmande's" delicious, freshly-caught fish and seafood.
With an area covering more than 1, 000 km2 and 210 km of shoreline, Lake St-Jean is an impressive inland sea offering fantastic scenery, beautiful tributary rivers and sandy beaches that will take your breath away. As a matter of fact, this lake is so large that you can’t see the opposite shore from wherever you are most of the time. With its beautiful beaches and rivers the Lac-Saint-Jean allows the population to enjoy different water-related activities. Canoe, kayak, sailboat trips, kite and stand up paddle are only a few. This region also has the highest catch limit in Quebec (ten instead of six) and is considered to be a paradise for fisherman.
Lake of Deux-Montagnes,
Located just outside Montreal, the Lake of Deux-Montagnes Nautical Station is as enjoyable in the summer as it is in winter. This 150 km2 stretch of water welcomes everyone from windsurfers to kayakers to pleasure boaters as well as wakeboarders, wakesurfers and kitesurfers. The station is also a destination of choice for all levels of sail boaters, from exports looking to perfect their craft to beginners with a thirst for sailing. If you enjoy sunbathing, the Oka Beach is sure to please everyone from 1 to 99 years old! History buffs can discover the incredible Industrial-Era Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue canal, which has been the principal entrance to the Ottawa-bound Outaouais River since 1843. During the winter months the lake is transformed into a true paradise for ice fishers, ice kiters and fans of any number of other ice sports.
The Lake Saint-François Nautical Station is the doorway to Quebec from Ontario and the United States. Thanks to the lake, the river, the dams and the historic canals that make up the Suroît, it cannot be topped as an entry point to the continent's interior. Diving fans will thrill at the lake's ideal conditions, marine park and multiple wreck sites. Its clear, warm, limpid water and thermocline-free water is unique in Quebec, and will captivate you as much as the splendor of its natural attractions. Renowned for its sandy beaches and their panoramic views of the Adirondacks, its exceptional lakeside bike path network, its strong local accent on food and wine, the range of its heritage tours and its rich maritime history, the Saint-François region's nautical virtues are essential to makink it a sought-after destination of choice.
The Lake Saint-Pierre Nautical Station, at the confluence of the Richelieu and Saint-Lawrence Rivers, is surrounded by a truly enchanting countryside. The riverbanks, in the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec regions offer visitors a landscape that is rich in history and culture. Nature lovers will thrill at its UNESCO-recognized diversit and beauty. Thus world biosphere reserve is also home to the Sorel Islands, the biggest archipelago in the Saint-Lawrence. It's an ideal location to learn new pastimes, from fishing to dinghy sailing to sliding sports to a variety of paddle boating. The area is also the largest home for migrating waterfowl on the Saint-Lawrence. The area is a recognized Ramsar site as well, and its wetlands are easily and rewardingly explored by paddle boat.
The Manicouagan Nautical Station lies along the north shore of the Saint-Lawrence River between the First Nations community of Pessamit and the town of Baie-Trinité. In this Nordic countryside, at the heart of Manicouagan-Uapishka, a world biosphere reserve stretch as far as the eye can see, and nature's power and majesty are omnipresent. With whales and other marine mammals gathering in large numbers along the coast, an abundance of sea-going excursions are readily available in order to better observe them. The coast is also home to some exceptionally beautiful sites as well as recreational attractions and services. Along with neardby Baie-Comeau's nautical facilities, the area is a solid draw for maritime pleasure-seekers. You can quickly and easily find more fishing harbors and lakes with a wide range of water-based activities further upcountry.
As the major tributary of the St-Lawrence River, the majestic Ottawa River is considered to be one of the most beautiful and historically rich in North America. Being a natural boundary between the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, this unique river offers spectacular scenery with a diversity of flora and fauna along its 1,272 km. The Ottawa River also offers boaters a unique navigational opportunity when they venture on a “golden triangle” trip or just want to enjoy any of its great areas. The Ottawa River nautical station, located between Fassett and Rapides-des-Joachim, offers a variety of activities for your holidays, trips or outing. Cruises, rafting, canoe and kayak adventure trips are all fun things to do as well. Fishing and outdoors activities are also well served with numerous outfitters, nature and ecological reserves.
Québec - Lévis,
Whether it's its history, its architecture, its lifestyle or its wide open spaces, Quebec City will charm you with an irresistible setting unique to North America. Transform your holiday into an unforgettable experience and explore the Québec-Lévis Nautical Station's array of options. By day, you can either discover exceptional nature by sail or by paddle or simply let the majestic Saint-Lawrence's currents carry you along. After the sun goes down, jump adoard a cruise ship and take in a live show and the spectacular, brightly lit landscape. The wide variety of the nautical station's docking facilities and quality services are sure to help you take advantage of everything this outstanding destination has to offer.
Richelieu River South - Lake Champlain,
Right on the Canada-U.S. border, at the southern entry of the Chambly canal is the Richelieu River South - Lake Champlain Nautical Station. The area is noteworthy both for its very active nautical industry and its rich maritime heritage, including the Fort Lennox national historic site. The river itself offers cross-border access, allowing boaters to sail down the Saint-Lawrence to the United States. Diving fans can explore wreck sites while kitesurfers and sailboaters can enjoy magnificient Lake Cha,plain. A wide variety of fish is available to sports fisherman and the station also offers some superd cruise opportunities. The region's cultural vitality, its bike paths, foot trails and heritage tours are guaranteed to satisfy!
You'll find the Rimouski-Mitis Nautical Station on the south shore of Saint-Lawrence estuary, where wild islands, breathtaking cliffs and tranquil beaches dot its 80 kilometres/50 miles of coastline. Stretching north-east from the Lower Saint-Lawrence to the Gaspé coast, the station is guaranteed to impress visitors with the natural beauty of its riverbanks and the wealth of its maritime heritage. The area was once considered one of the biggest navigation assistance centres in Canada, and is filled with history. Contemplate the sea and inhale the salt air along its countless paths and walkways. Go for an excursion to the îles du Bic to seal watch, or discover l'île Saint-Barnabé. Follow the estuary's Route bleue du Sud and look for the area's prettiest spots, and, for a change, spend the night aboard the submarine HMCS Onondaga!
Benefiting from the protected areas of two national parks – the Saguenay National Park and the Saguenay Marine Park – the Saguenay fjord is a natural wonder renowned the world over. This ancient glacial valley which was taken over by the sea offers nature lovers some of the most spectacular scenery there is with its impressive capes and rock cliffs. As such, its waters are a mix of salt and fresh water and it is the only navigable fjord of North America. The Saguenay River and its fjord are fed by Lake St-Jean and run along 175 km before reaching the St-Lawrence River. The Fjord du Saguenay Nautical Station has a shuttle service which allow to travel by boat from cities to villages along its entire length. It also offers numerous and diverse nautical activities. They run from marine mammals’ observation cruises and river cruises to great fishing, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing.
The stunning contrast between the culture of vibrant city life and the green banks of the Saint-Lawrence River is nowhere more obvious than the South Shore Nautical Station. Indeed, almost hidden behind Montreal's bright lights are the Iles de Boucherville's bewitching rustic landscape and the Saint-Jacques river's bucolic surroundings. This stretch between Sainte-Catherine and Verchères, home to two of the 10 oldest towns in Quebec, is overflowing with unique heritage architecture. The 50-plus-year-old Saint-Lawrence Seaway begins at the Saint-Lambert locks, in and of themselves a remarkable tourist stop. This destination offers you a different way to take in the metropolis, by kayak, by cruise, by sailboat or by ship, Early birds espacially will be able to wonder at som magnificient views and trick themselves into believing, even if just for an instant, that they are completely alone on this incredible river.
Located on the south shore of the St-Lawrence River across from the Saguenay, Temiscouata Lake is the second largest body of water on the south shore of the St-Lawrence. Being an important part of the catchment area of the St-Lawrence running into the Bay of Fundy, the Temiscouata Lake valley is a gateway to the Atlantic Ocean from the St-Lawrence. With its rich historical heritage, the Temiscouata Lake Nautical Station offers a large and diverse network of rivers (more than 300 km) for canoe and kayak aficionados looking for an exceptional adventure. Fishing and hunting are great too! The Valley’s reputation actually attracts people looking for fish and game from all over the world. More than 800 lakes with pristine waters are also here for sailing and kite surfing that are equal to none.
The Vallée-du-Richelieu Nautical Station starts from the Chambly Canal, located on the western shore of the Bas Richelieu. From there, it follows the Richelieu River all the way to the village of Saint-Ours. Along the way, you can enjoy great views of the Saint-Hilaire mount and visit superb historical sites. The river, which lends itself to wakeboarding and wake surfinf, is also a very popular with boaters as it is a link, as in times past, between the St-Lawrence River and the Canadian-American border and Lake Champlain. Outdoors and waterborne activities abound, like canoe, kayak, pedal boat and stand-up paddle board outings on Chambly Basin. The kids will be delighted!