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Renowned for its beautiful sunsets, Riviere-du-Loup (French for Wolf River) is situated between Québec City and the Gaspé Peninsula on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River.
Riviere-du-Loup Waterfall Park and Petit Temis Interprovincial Linear Park/North Section offer nature-lovers the opportunity to experience some local outdoor activities and excitement.
Those interested in learning about the region's history and culture can visit the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, which preserves and exhibits contemporary Québecois art, or visit the Manoir Seigneurial Fraser to learn about the lives of a local family circa the early 19th century.
Rodeo Country (late June/early July) gives residents and visitors the chance to experience a bit of the Wild West, while the Pleins Feux Riviere-du-Loup fireworks festival (late June) shows off the city's sunset before the pyrotechnic display lights up the sky.
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Enjoy the passing seascapes from the comfort of your CanaDream motorhome before arriving in the lovely village of Percé. En route we suggest you stop at Reford Gardens, one of Canada's premier garden destinations, and also at Exploramer, a museum focused on the marine environment of the St Lawrence River. Some suggested activities during your stay in Percé are the cruise around Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island; this natural bird sanctuary is home to over 80,000 gannets.
Percé is a very popular tourist village during the summer and, if you are travelling during that time, we recommend you phone ahead to reserve your campground spot. Percé has some excellent trails for those who enjoy hiking. The most popular is the path to Mont-Sainte-Anne, the left fork of which leads to commanding view of Percé Rock, Bonaventure Island and the surrounding coastline.
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Another easy day as you head towards Quebec City. You may wish to spend more time in the Tadoussac area today before making your way south, just enjoying the peace and solitude of the area.
On a direct route, your drive to Quebec City should take less than 3 hours, however you might like to consider taking highway 172 west to Chicoutimi on the north side of the Saguenay Fjord then driving back to St-Simeon on Highway 170. This route will take you the length of the Fjord and there are a number of minor roads leading into the Fjord which you may like to explore.
Alternatively, from Chicoutimi, you may like to take the mountain route to Quebec City through the Laurentians - breathtaking mountain vistas or coastal scenery - the choice is yours!
Either way, your final destination today is Quebec City, one of the oldest settlements in Canada and the largest city in eastern Quebec.
Today you leave Quebec City and continue your journey south to Trois-Rivieres, named because of its location at the three-pronged mouth of the Saint-Maurice River.
Trois-Rivieres has been a world capital in the pulp and paper industry since the 1930s and other prominent industries in the city include electronics and thermoplastics, as well as the production of food crops and cabinetmaking. The city's main street is composed of century-old buildings housing a great variety of cafes, restaurants, clubs, bars and shops.
Notable landmarks include the Forges du Saint-Maurice, a foundry dating back to the 1730s, the Ursulines Monastery, and the Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Cap. Trois-Rivieres is well known on the North American motor racing circuit, hosting the Grand-Prix de Trois-Rivieres, the prestigious American Le Mans series and the Formula Atlantic.
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