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Jonquière Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 15 photos

A bike path 250 miles ( paved) circles the Lake. The lake has a shore line of 218 miles. This Area is now called "THE SAGUENAY"OUR TRIP TO JONQUIERE INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING OFF THE BEATEN PATH PLACES.Sunday Aug 13th 2000 Left Joliette Quebec by car at 8.30 a.m. Took route 40 to Trois Rivieres and turned north onto highway 55 toward Shawinigan and on to Chambord population 1,757.We arrived there at 1.20 p.m. Less than a 5 hour drive and we arrived at Le- Lac-St.-Jean. I always thought it was so far away and never went to see it until now.

The highway was excellent and very scenic. ( no truck traffic as it was Sunday a.m.) It was wide with passing lanes so that you could always drive at the posted speed or better. Many motorhomes and camper trailers use this route for these reasons.

The Scenery is beautiful because you follow The St. Maurice River and are near its banks all the time.The trees are all pine or spruce or méleze which are trees without leaves and remain green all year round. ( except the méleze which looses it's needles.) Often the mountain towers over the highway and a path has been blasted through it to build the road.You see boats and people fishing all along the route. There are great summer homes and lodges etc. to accommodate all the tourists.There are ZECS which are Government controlled Reserves where you can pay to fish often the number of people is limited and lots are drawn to reserve a cabin or cottage. (RESERVE FIRST ). There are POURVOYEUR'S who have cabins to rent and all the necessary gear boats guides etc. for hunters or fishermen and campers all along the route.
All along this route are lakes and other rivers joining the St. Maurice example the Matawa river ,The Matawine river which joins the St. Maurice at St. Roch De Mackinac. The Reserve Faunique St. Maurice begins. We arrive at Trois Rives Matawine where there is a motel, restaurant and general store and a bridge which crosses the river to the Park Trois Rives Grand Anse, ( building a new stretch of highway here but traffic was not affected as it was sunday )
At La Tuque , Riviere aux Rats there is a toll bridge to the other shore.( We did not have to take this as we continue on the same side of the river) There is a wall of high rock mountains all along the other shore in this area. Nice to see.
We stopped at La Tuque .Park Des Chutes for rest room at 11.10a.m. Here there are Hotels and shopping center. Les Galleries de La Tuque, Hotel Windsor, Motel Le Gite.

Beyond here the type of tree changed to Birch and Poplar ( trees with leaves.)

We passed Lac De La Carpe, Lac Écarté, Lac au Pékan Riviere des Commissaires,arrived at Lac Bouchette at 12.30 pm. Here we stopped for lunch at a picnic table at Gagne's restaurant and garage which was closed as it was sunday. We arrived at Chambord and got our first view of Lac-St-Jean from the lookout at Val-Jalbert where we visited the falls and the old power dam etc. We drove on to Roberval where we slept overnight. Next day we went on and stopped at Sainte felicien and then Les Jardins Normadin at the end of the lake. We left there and drove to Jonquiere.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Excellent tourist area
  • Cons:far from Quebec City or Montreal
  • In a nutshell:You could spend a week and not see all.
  • Last visit to Jonquière: Aug 2000
  • Intro Updated Dec 3, 2002
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