Tourist routes

soothing landscape Pohénégamook Refuge at Cap à l'OursWith its exceptional geographical location bordering the United States and New Brunswick, Témiscouata is a cultural crossroads with a rich heritage. Three routes, each with its charms and attractions, allow you to discover the history and beauty of this vast region. Whether you choose the Route des Frontières (Border Route), the Route des Monts Notre-Dame (Rural Route) or the Trans-Canada, highway 85, you will experience the heart of Témiscouata life.

The Route des Frontières (Route 289) is one of Québec's thirteen official tourist routes. You can join it near the St. Lawrence river at Saint-André and Saint-Alexandre in the county of Kamouraska. It then follows the border with Maine and New Brunswick, through the villages of Pohénégamook, Rivière-Bleue, Saint-Marc-du-Lac-Long, Packington and Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande. On the way you can visit the Parc de la Frontière with its international bridge, an economuseum, a former railway station and the only covered bridge in the region. Ninety five kilometres of beautiful scenery! At the same time you can visit Saint-Athanase to admire the River Noire valley and Saint-Elzéar where the lookout has a panoramic view of almost three hundred sixty degrees.

The Route des Monts Notre-Dame (Routes 295 and 232), covers the eastern sector of Témiscouata. It is the gateway to the J.A.L., a group of villages comprising Saint-Juste-du-Lac, Auclair and Lejeune, a countryside rich in local produce. You will be charmed by the beautiful rural landscape. Continuing east you cross the valley of lakes and the villages of Saint-Michel-du-Squatec, Biencourt and Lac-des-Aigles. As its name suggests, this heavily forested valley is a paradise for water sports and open air enthusiasts.

The Trans-Canada (highway 85) is the main route to New Brunswick. Crossing the mountains at Saint-Honoré you can see the St.Lawrence River. The next stage on your journey is Saint-Louis-du-Ha-Ha!, before reaching the majestic valley of Lake Témiscouata and the towns of Cabano, Notre-Dame-du-lac and Dégelis. Don't miss the village of Saint-Pierre-de-Lamy, with its series of lakes, or Saint-Eusèbe, home to the famous Festi-Cèdre (Cedar festival). There are scientific and historic points of interest, such as Aster, an astronomical observatory, and the famous Fort Ingall which dates from 1839.