Lotbiniere

Lotbiniere is located in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region, on a plateau that dominates the south flank of the St. Lawrence River, some fifty kilometres from Quebec City.

The village, with a population of about 1 thousand, is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Quebec. It has lovely stone and wooden houses which are dotted along its main street - Marie Victorin Street (road 132).

The early nineteenth-century St. Louis church, designed by the famous architect François Baillargé represents a magnificent architectural combination overlooking the St. Lawrence.

Equally impressive is the quaint stone processional chapel located near the village exit. A few kilometres from the village towards Sainte-Croix, in Pointe-Platon, the Joly-de-Lotbinière Manor (1851) stands on the shores of the Saint-Lawrence, serving as a lively centre of activity with its outdoor café, Sunday concerts, expositions, shady park, decorative ponds and gardens, and trails leading to the water’s edge. Lotbiniere quay was once a trade centre with its neighbouring villages, bustling in eel fishing, softwood trading, and naval construction.

Today, agriculture is the mainstay of Lotbinière, thus during the summer season, guests are invited to visit the Agrotourist Centre of Lotbiniere located on the Laval University farm to enjoy exhibits of new technologies, the childrens’ farm, ostriches, vegetable gardens, orchards, and a dairy farm.

The Portage Mill of Lotbiniere village, built in 1816, stands alone, apart from the village, in an enchanting location on a bend in the Du Chene River, whose rapids challenge rowers every spring. Shows are put on at the Portage Mill during the summer season, and the site makes a charming picnic area with a trail leading to the top of the hill.

As to accommodations, tourists can stay at Motel Saint-Louis, 7525 route Marie-Victorin, or at Aux Saisons du Fleuve Bed and breakfast, 7410, route Marie-Victorin.

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