Introducing South Shore
It's tempting to rush through the South Shore, which includes the Chaudière-Apalaches and Bas St Laurent regions, en route to the Gaspé Peninsula. However, the area has a wonderfully eclectic mix of attractions, from haunting Grosse Île to refined Rivière du Loup, which respectively tell of the colonial era's losers and winners. Other stops include a major woodcarving center, an island once used as a smugglers' stash, and museums devoted to a Titanic-like tragedy, Basque whalers and squeezeboxes.
Added to this are the spectacular views across the island-dotted St Lawrence to the undulating North Shore. Hwy 20 is fastest but Rte 132 is more scenic and goes through the heart of numerous riverside villages.
Full-Day Whale Watching Cruise from Montreal
While you’re in Montreal, don’t miss a chance to see some of Canada’s best wildlife on an exhilarating whale-watching cruise! You’ll travel by road along the scenic St. Lawrence River past Quebec City to reach Rivière-du-Loup, where you’ll board your cruise boat for an exciting escapade to look for whales, belugas, seals and other marine life.