March 11, 2015
One of the defining features of Destination Saint Lawrence is the broad diversity of member ports of call. Each of the nine different locales is home to countryscapes beyond compare, in addition to location-specific amenities and attractions. Over and above classic tours and cultural activities, Destination Saint Lawrence member ports of call propose an extensive lineup of more active or sporting excursions tailored to the varying levels of participant proficiency.
Whether you are a consummate adventurer ever on a quest for a decidedly more intense, more off-the-beaten-track experience, or more laid back in your enjoyment of nature, you will find something to kindle your passion when you visit the ports of the Saint Lawrence. Following is a sample listing of offerings.
Montréal: Accessible to all, Saute-Moutons operates exhilarating jet boating outings on the famed Lachine Rapids. The powerful Saute-Moutons fleet provides a refreshing way to discover the Saint Lawrence. For the more adventuresome at heart, there is rodeo-style jet boating with high speed twists and 360-degree turns aplenty. Be certain to bring along a change of clothes!
Québec: Enjoy a panoramic cable car ride, scenic hiking trails and the thrills of a suspension bridge. Cast your glance out over the mighty Saint Lawrence to Île d'Orléans. Feast your eyes on an impressive 83-metre waterfall... one and a half times higher than Niagara Falls! You will find it all at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency.
Trois-Rivières: La Mauricie National Park, a protected expanse of the region's natural heritage, offers up a diverse and abundant nature which stretches for kilometre upon kilometre along the backbone of the celebrated Laurentian Mountains. Climb aboard a rabascaw canoe and set out on a journey through time. Keep your eyes peeled for vestiges of the last ice age and take time to visit a First Nations camp en route. Or you may prefer to indulge in an invigorating hike along one of the park's many picturesque trails.
Saguenay: Set against a breathtaking natural backdrop, Saguenay National Park features activities for all tastes: sea kayaking, zodiac rides, hiking, sailing, and more. Admire the singular beauty of the Our Lady of Saguenay statue. Discover time and space in a place where nature has deployed forces of colossal proportions to carve out a fjord. Whether you choose simply to spectate or engage in a more action-based activity, you will be treated to a depth of emotion elicited by the truly awe-inspiring natural surrounds.
Baie-Comeau: A mere 30 minutes from the port facilities at Baie-Comeau, naturalists offer guided tours along the trails of Pointe-aux-Outardes Nature Park. No need to be an expert hiker, this outing is accessible to all. You will discover the abundant flora and fauna of the region, a 490-hectare salt marsh, 250 species of birds, sand dunes and beaches stretching as far as the eye can see.
Sept-Îles: In this archipelago of seven islands, you will be hard put to choose from among a scuba diving excursion, a traditional guided tour with insights into the history, economy, culture and social life of the region, or a marine mammal observation adventure, including a visit to a bird sanctuary as you cruise along the cliffs of Corossol Island. Time may prove the deciding factor!
Havre Saint-Pierre: Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada, the only one of its kind in the world, is home to the largest concentration of erosion monoliths in Canada. The bizarre rock forms, exceptional plant life, unusual bird life and area lighthouses beckon visitors to take time out for discovery. Whether from a sea kayak, canoe or comfortable pleasure boat, you will be mesmerized by the spectacular natural beauty of the Mingan Archipelago.
Gaspé: If dropping anchor at Gaspé, Bonventure Island and Percé Rock Provincial Park is a must! The park is home to one of the world's largest colonies of northern gannets. Percé rock and the Charles Robin historic complex figure on Québec's shortlist of leading attractions. The choice of trails is certain to meet with the satisfaction of avid hikers and pleasure walkers alike.
Magdalen Islands: Should the duration of your stopover allow, do not pass up an excursion to Entry Island, the only inhabited island not joined to the remainder of the archipelago. There you can engage in a climb to the top of Big Hill, the highest point on the island at 174 metres, and drink in the breathtaking panorama. Accessible by boat or zodiac, the island's rugged terrain and impressive seascapes are certain to enchant.
Whatever your destination in Québec, nature is only minutes or kilometres away from your port of call. Enjoy!