The name of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region comes from the St. Lawrence River, along which the region stretches out its beauties. Its exceptionnaly beautiful territory reaches the Canada/U.S. and the New Brunswick borders. In this region, you can admire the most beautiful sunsets of the province, colouring beaches, islands and water as far as the eye can see. The high plateaus of the Bas-Saint-Laurent inland give visitors the chance to see all the magnificence of the view on the River.
The inhabitants and visitors of the region to reach the north shore from some cities using three ferries. When the Europeans arrived, however, the only mean of transportation they had to reach the north shore was, of course, the canoe. Europeans settled permanently in the region during the 17th century. The Amerindians and the Basques fishers had paved the road over the centuries. In the 18th century, the region became a trendy destination where Quebecs inhabitants came to spend their summer vacations.
For many years, fishing was the main survival activity in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Nowadays, many families of the region still fish for a living. During your stay in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, you will see ancestral smokehouses, some of which still being used to smoke fish using the ancestral way. Take the time to stop and sample the delicious regional products and to admire the talented painters and sculptors.
The Bas-Saint-Laurent region also has a wealthy built heritage. Along the winding roads, you will see traditional wooden houses, as well as lighthouses, these navigators guardian angels. Visit them to learn more about their role and their development throughout the years. The museums and historic centres also await you with their exhibition on the beautiful and long history of the region.
The Bas-Saint-Laurent region is all that and more. The predominant natural environment will charm nature and outdoor activity enthusiasts. Many vacation resorts can still be found in the region, and each year, many people come to enjoy them in search of relaxation and peace. For a relaxing stay in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, take advantage of the accommodation establishments. The large hotels, the friendly inns offering a splendid view on the River, the welcoming bed & breakfasts or the convivial campgrounds invite you to extend your stay in the beautiful Bas-Saint-Laurent region.