Welcome to East of Mont St Pierre
Here the land is all towering cliffs, pebbly beaches and telegraph poles protruding from mounds of scree. Next to the lighthouse (entry $2.50) at Ste-Madeleine de la Rivière Madeleine is a museum ($6 with lighthouse) about the local paper mill. Around the towering green valleys near Grande Vallée, there are more waves in the strata-lined cliff faces than in the bays on the other side of the road. Petite Vallée is a quaint waterfront village, particularly around the blue-and-white Théâtre de Vieille Forge, the venue for much of the Festival en Chanson, one of Québec's most important folk-song festivals. Miniscule St Yvon is noteworthy for having been hit by a wayward torpedo in WWII. At Cap-des-Rosiers, the gateway to Forillon, the village's history of Irish, French and Channel Island settlers is described in the epitaphs in the clifftop Cimetière des Ancêtres. The lighthouse here is the highest in Canada.