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In the 17th century, during the French colonization, people settled for the most part along the St. Lawrence. This is where some of the first seigniories were granted. In many areas, it is still possible to marvel at the know-how of past generations by admiring ancestral buildings such as manors, mills and seigniorial homes. It is worth mentioning that several villages along the shores of Lotbinière, Bellechasse and Côte-du-Sud regions are ranked among the most beautiful in all of Québec. They are Lotbinière, Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Saint-Michel, Saint-Vallier and L'Islet.

Lotbinière 

Lotbinière is perched on a plateau overlooking the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, and is located midway between Québec City and Trois-Rivières. Rich in architectural heritage of excep¬tional quality, it has beautiful old-stone buildings, which together are protected under the Cultural Property Act. The municipality has at its centre, a church dating back to the early 19th century, built according to plans by François Baillargé. Set on the banks of the Rivière du Chêne is the Moulin du Portage, a former flour mill that reveals traditions of the past and which today serves as a cozy playhouse. Lotbinière's main industry is now agriculture. Discover magnificent dairy farms along with maple sugar products and local products.

Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly 

The St. Lawrence River at the doorstep of this 300-year old village and the many flowers that brighten its properties are great characteristics of Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, located 20 km from the Québec bridges. Owing to its church classified as a historic monument, its Calvary, roadside crosses, ancestral manors and authentic wooden period houses, this municipality fully deserves its place among Québec's most beautiful villages. Visitors have the choice of numerous itineraries and local products: well-known cheese factory, arts and crafts, fruits and vegetables, orchards, cider houses, antiques dealer and art galleries. After a hike or an outing on the river, a gourmet meal at one of its renowned restaurants and a night in one of its cozy bed and breakfasts is a must!

St-Vallier 

Located some 40 kilometres from the bridges, Saint-Vallier welcomes you with open arms. In the spring and fall, thousands of geese descend upon the “Domaine de la Rivière Boyer.” In winter, take a leisurely drive along the “Route des harfangs” (snowy owls) to observe these magnificent birds. Saint-Vallier is also the backdrop of a notorious legend, that of “La Corriveau,” In the heart of this cosy town, stop by “La Levée du Jour” bakery, pay a visit to the “Coopérative La Mauve” and discover local farm products. Just next door, admire the heritage home of Dr. Coté (private residence). And don't forget to stop at the “Fromagerie de Bellechasse” cheese factory. The shores of the St. Lawrence in Saint-Vallier are great for outings. Don't miss the “Domaine de Lanaudière,” the handcrafted wooden boats at the Des Mères River shipyard, the Musée des voitures à chevaux (museum of horse-drawn carriages) and the Moulin des soeurs hospitalières (Hospital Sisters' Mill). Saint-Vallier ranks among

Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse

Picturesque village at the edge of the St. Lawrence River. At one end of Saint-Michel, visitors can catch a glimpse of the pilgrimage chapel, a replica of the one in Lourdes in France. At the heart of the village is the parish church, with its “Napoléon Déry” organ and presbytery dating back to 1739. To the east is another small chapel dedicated to Saint Anne, well worth the detour. Take the time to visit the marina, walk on the pier or enjoy a picnic and the beach. Several interpretation panels will guide you on your tour and provide a peek at the early days of settlers and the story behind this historical village.

L'Islet

L'Islet is a municipality nestled “between river and mountain” that has changed significantly since 1677! Its name owes its origin to the discovery of an islet by Father Lejeune in 1633. To get there, take the Route du Quai. In addition to being treated to a splendid view, at low tide you can make a quick getaway to observe Father Panet's footprints on the rock of the same name and where a cross has been erected. You will also find the “Havre du Souvenir” park, which offers a program of cultural activities from Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24) to Labour Day. Take advantage of your stay to visit the Musée maritime du Québec and several monuments designated as historical landmarks. Take to the roads and let yourself be enchanted by the stunning scenery, particularly in the fall. In winter, discover the well-groomed cross-country skiing or snowmobile trails. In the spring, the columns of smoke rising from the numerous sugar shacks are an invitation to taste the area's maple products.