The Route des belvédères lookout construction project is growing in the Matapédia-et-les-Plateaux region. At the crossroads of the Baie-des-Chaleurs, the New Brunswick and the Matapédia Valley, this region forms the western part of the Avignon regional county municipality, in the southeastern part of the Gaspé. Regrouping the municipalities of Matapédia, Saint-André-de-Restigouche, Saint-Alexis-de-Matapédia, Saint-François-d’Assise and L’Ascension-de-Patapédia, this road is distinguished by its breathtaking landscapes of mountains and rivers.
Architecturally distinctive structures built in 2018, open to the public.
This lookout, also open to the public, will eventually be replaced by an architecturally distinctive structure as part of the Route des belvédères project.
Planned location for another architecturally distinctive lookout as part of the Route des belvédères project.
Poirier Building – 4C Perron Est Boulevard, Matapédia
There, you will find information on the current lookouts, directions, information on the entire Route des belvédères project and on the future structures, etc.
Note that the Route des belvédères promotional items will return in the summer of 2021.
When visiting the lookouts, please respect the physical distancing rules in force due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Please follow the instructions on the signs posted on site.
Summer schedule: the lookouts are open from sunrise to sunset. The Carrefour d’accueil is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm.
The Deux-Rivières lookout is located at the top of a cliff overlooking the municipality of Matapédia. Once you have reached the end of one of the two trails leading to it, you will see the intriguing entrance of a twisted tunnel of which you cannot see the end. This tunnel is formed by a juxtaposition of squares made of wooden planks, between which openings allow light to filter through while revealing glimpses of landscape. At the very end of it, it opens offering a spectacular view of the confluence of the Matapédia and Ristigouche rivers.
How to get there
360 m steep trail
The access trail is also the beginning of the International Appalachian Trail located in front of 4-C Perron Est Boulevard in Matapédia (pharmacy). After a 360 m steep ascent, you will reach the Deux-Rivières lookout.
Located in Saint-André-de-Restigouche, the Cœur des Plateaux lookout sits on one of the highest points of the region. Inside a twisted tower of wood and metal, you will be invited to climb a spiral staircase that lets in light and landscape strips. From the top, a platform offers a 360° view of the bucolic agricultural panorama, allowing you to see up to 100 km away on a clear day.
How to get there
From Route 132, on the west side of Matapédia, take Rang Lagacé towards Saint-André-de-Restigouche. After 7.6 km, park your vehicle on the side of the road near the sign announcing the lookout, then walk 480 m along the trail on the right side of the field to reach the lookout. Climb the 60 steps inside the tower to access the platform at the top of the Coeur des Plateaux Lookout.
The Horizon de rêve lookout in Saint-Alexis-de-Matapédia offers a magnificent view of the Restigouche River from an altitude of 300 m. In a few years, as part of the Route des belvédères project, the current structure will be replaced by a new structure with a distinctive architecture.
How to get there
This lookout is in Saint-Alexis-de-Matapédia, only a 15 to 20 minutes drive from Matapédia.
After the bridge on Saumons Street, in Matapédia, turn right on Église Street, then left on Léonard Road. Continue on Rang Saint-Léonard Sud, then Rustico Sud. In Saint-Alexis-de-Matapédia, turn left on Principale Street, then left on Saint-Hermel Sud. Continue until you see the sign announcing the Horizon de rêve lookout. From the sign, drive 1.4 km to the parking lot. From the parking lot to the lookout, you will have to walk 300 m on an easy trail.
**Please note that the Horizon de rêve lookout is not accessible by motorized vehicle or if you are pulling a trailer.