Top things to do in South Shore

Top Choice Cafe in Rivière du Loup


The hippest cafe around serves great-value daily specials to a ska/indie/name-your-cool-music-genre-here soundtrack. It's the best place in town to meet locals or hang out over a coffee.
Top Choice Cafe in Rimouski

La Brûlerie d'Ici

This hip hangout with complimentary wi-fi offers Guatemalan and Ethiopian coffees and light bites from sandwiches to bagels to banana bread.
Park in Parc National du Bic

Parc National du Bic

This park encompasses a stunning yet easily packaged presentation of some of the province's loveliest scenery. The rotund headlands shelter a foggy quilt of coastline that has provided sanctuary for indigenous peopl…
Microbrewery in St Jean Port Joli

Microbrasserie Ras L'Bock

Live music, strong beer, an outdoor garden where the cool kids hang out and a laid-back vibe that's not afraid to throw down and party – this beloved microbrewery is a South Shore winner.
Museum in Rimouski

Empress of Ireland Museum

Narrates the 1914 Empress of Ireland tragedy, the worst disaster in maritime history after the Titanic – all but forgotten with the outbreak of WWI two months later. In the 14 minutes it took for the ship to disappe…
Historic Site in Grosse Île

Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site

Grosse Île was a major quarantine station for immigrants arriving from Europe from 1832 to 1937. Knowledgeable guides explain the tragic histories lived out on the island as you visit the disinfecting chambers, hosp…
Historic Site in Rimouski

Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site

This riverside site 7km east of downtown Rimouski includes three attractions, illustrating different aspects of the region's maritime history: the Empress of Ireland Museum, which tells the story of 'Québec's Titant…
Museum in Montmagny

Musée de l'Accordéon

This small museum gives insights into this giant of the Gallic music scene, with audio and video recordings of different performers and exhibits illustrating the instrument's history and construction, incorporating …
Island in Rimouski

Île St-Barnabé

A quiet, forested chunk of sylvan loveliness, cut through with gentle trails, surrounded by lapping, stone-and-sand beaches and inhabited by blue herons and seals, Île St-Barnabé is about 20 minutes (and a world of …
Museum in St Jean Port Joli

Musée de la Mémoire Vivante

This fascinating museum explores the culture of Québec (particularly St Jean Port Joli) via exhibits sourced from thousands of community contributions and oral history interviews. It's most interesting for French-sp…