Route Des Frontières (The Border Route)
The Border Route follows Route 289 from Saint-André-de-Kamouraska to Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande via Pohénégamook and Rivière-Bleue, along the border between Québec and Maine or New Brunswick.
Life in this region has always been influenced by the reality of living near a border, and fascinating stories about border crossings remain in the collective imagination: sharing a border region with the U.S., bootlegging during Prohibition, tobacco smuggling in the 1980s and 1990s, etc.
In addition to introducing you to great moments in history, this scenic drive will take you through typical Bas-Saint-Laurent scenery, from coastal farmland to forest plateaus and alongside magnificent lakes and rivers.
To guide you, Morris columns in the shape of boundary monuments are located in each municipality on the Border Route. They contain a map of the municipality along with information about local attractions and activities. Immerse yourself in the rich natural and cultural heritage of Bas-Saint-Laurent during this fascinating scenic drive!
The New France Route (Route de la Nouvelle-France)
The New France Route is all about experiencing the history of Quebec through the relics of some of its early settlers. This was once a supply road connecting the capital of New France, Quebec City, to the coast of the St. Lawrence at Côte-de-Beaupré. On this short trip, you’ll drive through communities dotted with old homes and churches, visit the farms that sustained them, and see history on display at multiple museums.
Starting point: Quebec City
Length: 56 kilometres
Time: < 1 day
Essential stops: Domaine de Maizerets, Maison Girardin, Montmorency Falls Park, Auberge Baker, Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area.
Cheltenham Badlands, Ontario
The closest you might come to living out your space travel fantasies and feeling as if you’re exploring Mars would have been a trip to the Cheltenham Badlands. The area is currently fenced off, but you can still take in the views of the undulating red hills and gullies of iron-rich Queenston shale. The shale was deposited 445 million years ago and the shape it takes now is thanks to questionable farming practices in the 1900s that led to erosion of the red shale bedrock.
Ouimet Canyon, Ontario
Geologists believe Ouimet was created 1 million years ago when glaciers came through Northern Canada, essentially cracking the earth wide open. That would explain why way down at the bottom of this 100-meter-deep canyon there are rare arctic plants thriving when they would normally only be found about 1,000 kilometers North. The canyon itself is pretty spectacular and at 2 kilometers long and 150 meters wide, it’s hard not to be awed by the size. A short hike gets you to the viewing platform for the obligatory photos of the view.
Drive from Haines Junction to Beaver Creek, Yukon
Start your day out in spectacular fashion with an air tour over the park. Jaw-dropping. Mind-blowing. Once-in-a-lifetime. Choose your own superlative, but we’re pretty sure we’ve heard them all. This is one Yukon experience that always leaves visitors spellbound.
Grab some lunch to go at a local favourite, the Village Bakery, and continue on your journey. Today you’ll be driving beneath the towering peaks of the Kluane Front Range. Along the way, stop at the Tachäl Dhäl Visitor Centre, where you’ll have the chance to view Dall sheep. Take the short trail up to Soldier’s Summit, the location where the Alaska Highway was officially opened, and then carry on to Destruction Bay.
Kluane Lake is the largest lake in the Yukon and you’ll pass along much of its 81 km (50mi.) length on your way to Burwash Landing. Be sure to stop in at the Kluane Museum of Natural History, which has exhibits on 70 species of Yukon wildlife.
Finally, end your day, and the Yukon portion of your Alaska Highway trip, in Beaver Creek. From here you can continue on to drive the Alaska portion of the highway. Alternatively, follow the Klondike/Kluane Loop drive over the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City and then back to Whitehorse.
Driving Time: 4 hours (292km/181mi.)
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