The panoramic river road

La route panoramique du fleuve
Parc Thomas-Monro

A breathtaking landscape

At the eastern end of the Pointe-des-Cascades park, walk to the end of the pier to discover the lighthouse at the entrance to the canal. Then head on to the vineyard, where you’ll learn about grape varieties and be inspired by the passion of owners Benoit and Nancy. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy among the vestiges of a British fortification at the historic site that’s the next stop on this tour. End your day at Thomas-Monro Park to contemplate the spectacular scenery and admire the lighthouse at the western entrance to the canal at Les Coteaux.

From Pointe-des-Cascades to Les Coteaux

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Time

1/2 day

# of stops

4 stops

Distance

23 km

Stops

  • 1 Parc nature de Pointe-des-Cascades
  • 2 Le Bourg des Cèdres
  • 3 Lieu historique national de Coteau-du-Lac
  • 4 L'Embouchure

Parc nature de Pointe-des-Cascades 1

1, Chemin du Fleuve Pointe-des-Cascades Québec J0P 1M0

450-455-3414

At the far eastern end of Pointe-des-Cascades, nature lovers will be enchanted by a conservation area with features found nowhere else in the region. Paths lead you through woods, old quarries, swamps, and ponds that are full of unique wildlife at all times of year. A favourite spot for picnics, the park is also well-loved for its collection of old locks, jetties, and lighthouses overlooking the confluence of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers. Boaters can take advantage of two boat launches, while others can simply enjoy the picnic tables by the shore. The park is also easily accessible from the Soulanges Canal bike path, so take this chance to discover one of the region's best-kept secrets!

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Le Bourg des Cèdres 2

490, Chemin du Fleuve Les Cèdres Québec J7T 1L4

514-318-2325

The Bourg des Cèdres is a vineyard inspired by history. Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the land bordering the oldest Cedar house is favored by a climate conducive to the cultivation of vines. The name of the vineyard, as well as the name of the wines, refer to places or historical facts of the region. Activities and services: boutique, picnic area on the banks of the river, tasting, guided tour, free visit, grape harvest, picnic, small group room rental, terrace, gift shop.

Lieu historique national de Coteau-du-Lac 3

308-A, Chemin du Fleuve Coteau-du-Lac Québec J0P 1B0

450-763-5631

The region’s one and only Parks Canada site, the Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site, showcases Canada’s first lock canal and the remains of a War of 1812 fort. History goes even further back, as the location was heavily used for portages by First Nations’ peoples looking to avoid the rapids to the south. All in all, the site brings together over 7,000 years of history on the banks of Lac-Saint-François. It’s just the sort of place where children and people of all ages can get a real sense of Canadian history. Situated on the beautiful Soulanges canal, a treat for cyclists of all skill levels, the heritage park is also close to the charming old-fashioned village of Coteau-du-Lac. For your safety, please respect the rules on the site.

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L'Embouchure 4

20, Chemin du Fleuve Coteau-du-Lac Québec J0P 1B0

450-424-2262

At the west mouth of the Soulanges Canal, the lovely park is a place to rest, enjoy the scenery, walk along the water's edge and do some birdwatching. To complete your experience, a picnic and rest area invites you to take a break with friends and family. The park is close to many amenities, including the Soulanges Canal bike path, a public pool, and trails to the old locks and the Coteau-du-Lac lighthouse. Did you know the bridge is lit up at night? Public toilets are easily accessible at nearby park. Activities are planned for this summer, so check canaldesoulanges.ca for more details.

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