Quebec by the Sea: Road Trip in Maritime Quebec

Whales, islands and lighthouses are part of life along the St. Lawrence River

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Maritime Quebec - The tiny island of Ile Verte is home to 45 people. Photo by Janna Graber
The tiny island of Ile Verte is home to 45 people. Photo by Janna Graber

Île Verte

Well rested, we headed to the tiny isle of Île Verte, home to 45 people. The island ferry was out for repairs, so we climbed aboard a zodiac for the 15-minute ride to the island.

Life on Île Verte moves at its own pace. There are no schools or big businesses, and very few cars. Our taxi driver, Guy Langelier, drove us about on a stretch golf cart. A rock hunter by trade, he spends his summers ferrying guests around the island.

Martime Quebec - Animal skeleton museum. Photo by Janna Graber
The Musée du squelette has an unusual collection of 300 different animal skeletons. Photo by Janna Graber

Guy took us to see several of the island’s top destinations. The Circuit Touristique et patrimonial de l’Île Verte package includes access to three attractions – the Musée du squelette, a unique museum filled with 300 animal skeletons, a stop at École Michaud (the island’s Old Schoolhouse and now a local museum) and a visit to the island’s well-known lighthouse, which is now a B&B called Maisons du Phare de l’Île Verte.

The sun begins to set on the lighthouse, which is now a B&B, on Ile Verte. Photo by Janna Graber
The sun begins to set on the lighthouse, which is now a B&B, on Ile Verte. Photo by Janna Graber

The lighthouse is located on a stunning stretch of beach with unlimited views in both directions, and has nine rooms available in the lightkeeper’s house or assistant lightkeeper’s house from mid-June to mid-September. Happily, the lighthouse B&B was our to be our home for the night. After checking in, we set out to see a little more of the island.

Just 13 km long, Île Verte is easy to explore. We stopped for a drink at the tiny Cafe D’ Alphe, and then visited stained glass artist, France Lalancette, who has her studio at the same location. Guy took us to some of his favorite vistas on the island and we even stopped at Poissonnerie La Bonne Bouffe to taste smoked salmon.

Lighthouse B&B in Maritime Quebec. Photo by Janna Graber
Lighthouse B&B in Maritime Quebec. Photo by Janna Graber

For dinner, we had called ahead to Café de l’Échouerie, a tiny home kitchen run by Michèle Dionne. With advance notice, she will make you a delicious seafood dinner. All we had to do was bring the wine!

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