The best places o visit and things to do in Rimouski
Rimouski and the surrounding Bas-Saint-Laurent region offer a plethora of delightful activities and places for visitors to discover.
From hikes, sports and cultural activities to simply observing the flora and fauna, it’s easy to create your own itinerary for a memorable trip. The first step is to find out more about the attractions and activities on offer!
With the help of Vieux Loup de Mer, discover what to do and what not to miss during your next visit to the Rimouski area.
THINGS TO DO IN THE RIMOUSKI REGION
The Rimouski region offers visitors a wide variety of both summer and winter activities. Whether it’s a game of golf overlooking the St. Lawrence River, a bike or snowmobile ride or just a sightseeing tour, you’re sure to find activities that suit you!
EXPLORE THE REGION’S MANY BICYCLE ROUTES
Rimouski and the surrounding area offer many routes for cycling enthusiasts. Depending on which excursion you choose, you’ll be able to explore a variety of landscapes, from the natural beauty of coastlines and forests to more urban environs.
Quebec’s famous Route Verte runs through the Rimouski region, offering visitors kilometres of well-maintained cycling paths to discover. Vieux Loup de Mer is a proud partner of Quebec’s Route Verte. 😊
Discovering the Rimouski region by bicycle with your family or partner is an activity you won’t want to miss!
GO ON A HIKING ADVENTURE
The Rimouski region and Parc national du Bic offer many hiking trails and routes for those who love walking in nature. Regardless of your level of experience and the time of year you visit, there will be trails for you to enjoy! There are beautiful family-friendly hiking trails in the Parc national du Bic, so make the most of the opportunity to see the park’s fauna and flora and recharge your batteries.
Check out the Parc national du Bic trail map to plan your hike.
DISCOVER PARC NATIONAL DU BIC BY SEA KAYAK
If you’ve got your sea legs and want to discover Parc national du Bic from a different angle, why not try sea kayaking in the Bic? Admiring the region’s gorgeous sunsets from the water is a truly one-of-a-kind experience! There are several organizations near our facilities that offer sea kayaking trips.
If you love coastal landscapes, book your stay at our chalet, Le Chasse Marée. Facing the Baie Rose, this magnificent seashack-inspired cottage provides charming marine décor against the backdrop of the tides.
ENJOY THE THRILL OF ROCK CLIMBING
Thrill-seekers who aren’t prone to vertigo are sure to enjoy rock climbing in the Parc national du Bic. Rock climbing is the ultimate way to enjoy the region’s spectacular views!
DISCOVER THE RIMOUSKI REGION ON AN ATV OR SNOWMOBILE
For those who would rather explore the region at speed, Rimouski and the surrounding area have plenty of trails that are open to ATVs and snowmobiles. Each season in Rimouski has its own unique landscapes to discover!
Plan a motorcycle or snowmobile tour in the Bas Saint-Laurent and make the most of your time in the region.
GOLFING AT THE CLUB DE GOLF DE BIC
Located just 5 km from Parc national du Bic and our facilities, the Club de Golf du Bic offers an impeccably-maintained 18-hole course. Renowned for its unique setting and its view of the St. Lawrence River, the mountainous terrain offers an unrivaled place to practice your swing!
Staying in one of our chalets and golfing in Le Bic is a recipe for a great vacation!
LAKE FISHING NEAR RIMOUSKI
The Bic and Rimouski regions have many lakes that allow visitors to fish. If you’d like to go fishing with friends or family, plan a day trip to one of the 500 lakes in the area that permit fishing.
Note that a right of access is required to fish on these lakes. You can obtain one in advance from the organizations that manage the lakes.
The Duchénier Wildlife Reserve is one of the region’s best fishing sites. The vast expanse offers excellent opportunities for hunting and fishing adepts. Make the most of the opportunity to encounter unique species and lose yourself in the beauty of the wilderness!
MARVEL AT THE WILDLIFE IN PARC NATIONAL DU BIC
One of the most popular activities on offer at Parc national du Bic is wildlife watching. Depending on the season you visit the park, you can observe seals, white-tailed deer, bears, lynx, fishers and many other species that call the park home.
Children and adults alike will marvel at the stunning natural displays the region has to offer. The magnificent animals at Parc national du Bic await you!
WHALE-WATCHING ON THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER
The part of the St. Lawrence River near Rimouski is well-known for its abundance of whales. Over 10 different species have been spotted in the region’s waters, attracted by the wealth of food available.
If you want to go whale watching in Rimouski, the summer season between June and September is the best time. Whale watching is an activity that will delight people of all ages!
DISCOVER CHUTE NEIGETTE
Located just a few kilometres from Rimouski, Chute Neigette is one of the region’s most extraordinary natural attractions. Those who just want to admire the rushing water can do so from the base of the 35m-high falls. Apart from watching the falls, activities for visitors include rock climbing on the cliff face and hiking the Neigette-Mont Comi trail.
Tip from Vieux Loup de Mer: To really sink your teeth into the culture and traditions of the region, take the time between activities to grab a bite at some of the restaurants in Rimouski. The city has many excellent, unique restaurants that showcase the delicious cuisine of the Bas-Saint-Laurent.
PLACES TO VISIT IN THE RIMOUSKI REGION
The Rimouski region has much more to discover than just outdoor activities. There are also many historical sites you can visit to learn more about the unique character and heritage of the Bas-Saint-Laurent. Let’s take a look at Rimouski’s best tourist attractions!
GO BACK IN TIME AT LAMONTAGNE HOUSE
Have you heard of Lamontagne House? Built in 1744 and classified as a National Historic Site, the building takes you back to when European settlers first founded New France.
Lamontagne House is one of the few remaining vestiges of the era in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, making it a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the area!
ADMIRE HELL’S GATE CANYON-TERFA
To experience a breathtaking natural wonder, head to Hell’s Gate Canyon-Terfa.
Located less than an hour from Vieux Loup de Mer and half an hour from Rimouski, come hike the Hell’s Gate Canyon trails and admire the site’s magnificent gorges, waterfalls and rivers. Enjoy the incredible views and make memories you won’t soon forget!
VISIT THE POINTE-AU-PÈRE HISTORIC SITE AND ITS MARITIME MUSEUM
Another place to visit if you are passing through the Rimouski area is the Point-au-Père Historic Site. Many European settlers passed through during the 17th century, making the site a major maritime crossing point. Its 33m-high lighthouse is a testament to its history.
The site also includes a maritime museum that is full of the rich history of the region. Visiting the museum is a great thing to do in Rimouski when it rains, since it’s an indoor activity!
If you like, you can add to your historical tour by visiting the Musée Régional de Rimouski. It’s the ideal place to learn more about the history of the region!
GO ON AN EXCURSION TO SAINT-BARNABÉ ISLAND
If you’d like to go on a maritime adventure, plan an excursion to Saint-Barnabé Island. The small island located off the coast of Rimouski is open to visitors during the summer and offers many activities in the heart of the St. Lawrence River.
Take a hike across the island or go looking for the seals and birds that inhabit it. You can even spend the night at the Saint-Barnabé Island campground!
VISIT RIMOUSKI’S URBAN PARKS
The city of Rimouski has plenty of urban parks where you can take a break from an activity-filled day!
Located in the heart of Rimouski, Parc Beauséjour is a great place to spend time with family. This park on the Rimouski River offers a plethora of activities, including sledding and skating in winter and lawn bowling, games for children and splash pads in summer. The park is ideal for family outings in the city.
Rimouski’s Parc Lepage is another great option for those looking for a peaceful green space in the city.
VISIT PARC DU MONT SAINT-LOUIS
Located in the village of Le Bic, Parc du Mont Saint-Louis is the perfect place to relax if you are looking for a quiet park with a breathtaking view of Le Bic and its golf club.
Come unwind in the park before heading out on your next adventure in the area!
EXPLORE THE ÎLES DU BIC
There is more to discover in Le Bic than just its national park. Our little corner of paradise has plenty of different islands to explore. Île du Bic, Île aux Amours, Île Brûlée and Île du Massacre are the islands you can check out if you visit the area. Each of the Îles du Bic has its own history, landscape and wildlife.
If you’d like an uninterrupted view of the islands, why not stay at our chalet, Le Champlain? Located by the riverside across from Île aux Amours, this charming log cabin will make your stay truly magical!
CLIMB PIC CHAMPLAIN
Climbing Pic Champlain is one of Parc national du Bic’s most quintessential activities. With a 346m-high peak, the summit offers extraordinary landscapes and an incredible view of the Bic region.
There are two trails, 3 and 4.5 km long respectively, that provide access to the summit of Pic Champlain. The climb is well worth the effort!
DISCOVER RIMOUSKI’S CHURCHES
Rimouski’s rich history is reflected in its historic buildings, and the churches in Rimouski are part of that heritage. If you want to spend some time visiting the city, beautiful places of worship like Notre-Dame-Du-Sacré-Cœur, Saint-Anaclet and the mother house of the Sœurs de Notre-Dame du Saint-Rosaire await you.
NOW THAT YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IN RIMOUSKI, COME FOR A VISIT!
The Rimouski region has a plethora of great activities and places to visit. If you want to spend some time in the region, why not stay in one of our 15 authentic chalets?
Whether you’re looking for a Robin-Hood-style forest cabin or a seaside cottage inspired by Jacques Cartier, you’ll find something that suits your needs, no matter the season. Contact us today to plan your stay! We will be happy to answer any questions you have. Our welcoming, attentive staff can even provide travel tips and recommend places off the beaten track that only they know about!