Levis Quebec beach, with view to Quebec City

Why Travel between Quebec City-Levis and Riviere du Loup?

This part of the Trans-Canada takes you through early seigniorial St Lawrence communities. You drive near or even alongside the ever-widening St Lawrence as you go eastward. Ferries can take you to or from the north shore at various points. A side trip on Route 132, which meanders along the south shore through small towns and past 400 year old stone farmhouses is highly recommended.

Here is the itinerary for the 201 km along Highway #20 between Quebec City-Levis and Riviere du Loup:

Quebec City-Chateaur Frontenac ViewJust east of Levis is a series of overhead hydro lines connecting Northern Quebec power dams with Quebec City, Montreal and the US, with a span of 1.5 km over the river. From Quebec City eastwards, the St Lawrence River widens significantly. The river here is a tidal estuary, where freshwater mixes with Atlantic tidal saltwater. This is a major stopping-off point on the East Coast migratory route for birds. Montmagny is renowned for its snow geese which visit in October on their way south from Baffin Island.

The North Shore is characterized by forest and rugged mountains overlooking the river, the South Shore is characterized by gentle farmland plains. The St Lawrence Lowlands provide diverse range of hardwood trees including maple and birch, mixed in with white spruce, balsam fir in higher areas and black spruce and eastern white cedar in wetter areas. This attracts many species of song birds, and the area is rich in hawks (who feed on small rodents). Along the highway you may notice some orchards.

The next crossing of the river is by ferry connecting Riviere du Loup on the South Shore with St Simeon on the North Shore. The ferry takes 1:15. During the winter, the Trans-Canada is subject to Nor’Easter wind conditions, and there are gates to block this stretch of the highway at Levis and Riviere du Loup.

At La Pocatiere (Exit 439) you can get off the highway and observe the opposite shore, now 20 km away. You can observe two valleys with a hill in the middle, which marks the 40 km wide Charlevoix Crater caused by the impact of a 2 km meteor over 350 million years ago. The southern half of the crater, was eroded away by the creation of the St Lawrence River valley.

Scenic Route 132

To discover the river and Quebec’s earliest history by car, take one of the panoramic Route 132 that winds along the South Shore, and discover stunning scenery and a host of charming ancestral villages (many dating back to the 1600s and 1680s) await you! These villages were laid out on the French seigneural system, under the Anciens Regime (ie before the British) and have long narrow plots rising up from the river, used to provided transportation and the water supply. Roads connected farms to the seigneur’s flour mill and the church.

Quebec City-Chateaur Frontenac View
The Trans-Canada Highway was built away from the St Lawrence to keep these historical villages in their pristine state. There is an industry association for these villages, Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec, though the good parts of their website are French-only.

Riviere du Loup

Riviere du Loup is a seaside town of 15,000, roughly the opposite bank from where the massive Saguenay pours its nutrients into the St Lawrence. There are several variations on why the town was named, though the French word for seals, “Loup,” seems the most plausible. There are some parks along the shoreline where you can observe the birds and sea mammals along the river. If you head about 10-15 km east of Riviere du Loup, to where the Saguenay River mouth is opposite, you can observe lots of whales, especially beluga whales. They prefer this area as a rich feeding ground, fed by two rivers.

Elevation Chart - Quebec City to Riviere Du Loup

Elevation Chart - Elevation Chart - Quebec City to Riviere Du Loup

Trans-Canada Highway Itinerary Map

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Itinerary Details

 

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Highway Point & Features
 
Elev.
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0Exit #96 Rue Fraserville NE to community of Riviere-du-loup (Riviere-du-Loup) 121
4Exit #499 Highway #20 junction with Highway #185 (Trans Canada Highway) East to community of Riviere-du-Loup, all services. South east to Quebec / New Brunswick, border. South east city of Edmundston… (Riviere-du-Loup) 91.1
5EB Rest area on south side of highway, picnic tables, toilets, telephone93.9
7Exit #496 North to Notre-Dame-du-Portage (1 km). Accommodation & services. S to access the Riviere-du-Loup airport (2 km)103.3
18Exit #488 junction with route #289 South to community of Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska (3 km)87.2
22Exit #480 Route de la Station, N to community of Saint-Andre (3 km). South to community of Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska (8 km)121
29overpass: Route de St-Germain90.5
29Exit #474 Route Mississipp N to community of Saint-Andre. Rue de l’Eglise S to community of Sainte-Helene (1 km) (Sainte-Helene) 107.9
31.5overpass: 2E Range / Route de St-Germain76.2
34.5Climbing escarpment68
35Exit #465 Route de Kamouraska (N) to Kamouraska (5 km) and Route Rochette (S) to community of Saint-Pascal (1 km), services (Saint-Pascal ) 29.6
36.2crossing small river with extensive waterfalls accessible from Saint Pascal (Saint-Pascal ) 29
38Overpass Route du Pain de Sucre (no access)29.9
44Roadside Highway Turnout Rest Area Both sides of highway, picnic tables, toilets, telephone.47.5
47Exit #456, route #287 S to Saint-Phillippe-de-Mer, N to Saint-Denis (5 km)36.9
50Wetlands and peat bogs to NE of highway26.5
54Exit #450 Chemin du Haute-SR-la Riviere, NW to Riviere Quelle airport, services, SE to community of Saint-Pacome22.6
55Crossing Riviere Quelle18.3
62Overpass: Toute Verbois (no access)5.8
64Exit #439 SE to community of La Pointiere. Information Centre, North side of highway.3.4
68Exit 436, 2E Rue Guimond, connecting to route #132, #230 SE to community of La Pocatiere (1 km) services (La Pocatiere) 3.4
73Exit #430, junction with route #132 Scenic route along south shore of St Lawrence. W to Village des Aulnaies (1km), Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies (4 km) (La Pocatiere) 17.4
87Route De L’elglise (no access), Ste Louise 1 km N of hwy32.9
93underpass Route Elgin (no access) campground 3km N53.9
100Exit #414, route # 204 S to community of Saint-Aubert, Saint-Damase-de-L’islet, La-Dene-Lieve campground . N to community of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, all services & accommodation, camping52.4
102Crossing the River Port-Joli20.4
106overpass Chemin du Moulin (no access)29.3
111.3overpass Chemin Morin (no access) east to L’Iletville28.3
113Exit #400 route #285 / Route De L’eglise, S to community of Saint-Eugene (2 km). North to community of L’Islet (1 km),services, and L’Islet sur Mer (3 km), services & accommodation (L’Islet) 39.3
114.4EB Rest Area South side of highway, Information, picnic tables, toilets, telephone.55.5
114.5WB Rest Area, North side of highway, Information, picnic tables, toilets telephone.56.4
116Overpass Route Cendree-Lafeuille (no access)47.9
117Crossing Riviere de Perdrix (“Partridge” River)43.3
118Overpass Route Des Quatre-Chemins (“Four Ways”)41.5
120Exit #388 Route Petit-Cap to Route 132, N to community of Cap-Saint-Ignace, all services & accommodation41.1
123Overpass, Route Ballavance (no access)23.2
139Exit #378, route #283 S to Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire. NW to community of Montmagny, all services, Point-Aux Campground (4 km) (Montmagny) 15.5
139.4bridge over Riviere du Sud (Montmagny) 14.9
141Exit #376, route 228 Chemin du Coteau N to Montmagny, all services & accommodation (Montmagny) 29.9
144Exit #369, Route de St-Pierre N to route 132, Rue Principale S to Saint-Pierre Montagny (4 km)29.9
149Exit #364 Route de St-Francois N to Route 132 and town of Berthier-sur-Mer32
149.6Emergency U-turn33.2
157Exit #356 Montee de la Station, N to Route 132 and town of Saint-Vallier42.4
161.5Underpass 3E Range (no access) and Emergency U-turn29.9
165Exit #348 to Route 281 N to St-Michel de Bellechasse (1 km) (St-Michel de Bellechasse ) 61.6
166.9WB Rest area with restaurant with bathrooms82
166.9Emergency U-turn81.1
167EB Rest areas with bathrooms87.8
172Exit #341 Route de Beaumont, S to town of Saint-Charles 97 km), N to Route 132, town of Beaumont (2 km), services and Camping Carol campground (2 km)78.9
175Emergency cross-over lanes in median88.7
176Exit #337 Rue de l’Anse S (N) and #279 S to town of St Charles (10 km)to accomodation, services and camping along #132 along St Lawrence River71.6
177.3Emergency U-turn74.1
181.4Emergency cross-over lanes in median76.5
183Exit #330 Chemin St Roch (S) access to Camping Transit (4 km), and Route Lallemand (N) access to services, accommodation, camping86.9
185Emergency cross-over lanes in median80.2
186Exit #327 half cloverleaf interchange, Route MRG-Bourget (Levis) 82.9
187WB Exit #325 Boulevard Alphonse-Desjardins, N to Levis, all services & accommodation, golfing, and passenger ferry to Quebec City (5 km) (Levis) 67.4
187.4Emergency cross-over lanes in median64.3
188Exit #325, 3/4 cloverleaf interchange, Route President Kennedy #173, N to Levis, all services & accomodation, golfing, and passenger ferry to Quebec City (5 km), south to community of Pintendre (3 km) (Levis) 61.6
192Emergency cross-over lanes in median (Levis) 54.9
193.3Chemin Des Iles, with St-Romuald refinery, Golf De L’Auberivière to north, water purification plant to south (Levis) 53.6
194.3crossing Riviere Etchernin, small rapids may be visible to south (Levis) 27.7
195Exit #318 half-cloverleaf interchange, services both sides, 4E Avenue (N) to community of Saint-Romuald (2 km), and Rue Commerciale (S) to Saint-Hen Chrysostome (3 km) (Levis) 46.6
196.7Emergency cross-over lanes in median (Levis) 47.2
198passing through forested park both sides (webcam 14)44.5
199.3Exit #314 Truck weight station, WB exit for Chemin De Sault & Highway 73 (thru traffic stay in left lanes)48.5
200Emergency U-turn (Charney (Levis)) 47.5
200.6Railway overpass (Charney (Levis)) 46
201Exit #312, major interchange with Autoroute #73 (webcam 8) North to Ste Foy and Quebec City Airport, south to town of Charny, east to Levis (Charney (Levis)) 44.5
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0Exit #312, major interchange with Autoroute #73 (webcam 8) North to Ste Foy and Quebec City Airport, south to town of Charny, east to Levis (Charney (Levis)) 44.5
0.4Railway overpass (Charney (Levis)) 46
1Emergency U-turn (Charney (Levis)) 47.5
1.7Exit #314 Truck weight station, WB exit for Chemin De Sault & Highway 73 (thru traffic stay in left lanes)48.5
3passing through forested park both sides (webcam 14)44.5
4.3Emergency cross-over lanes in median (Levis) 47.2
6Exit #318 half-cloverleaf interchange, services both sides, 4E Avenue (N) to community of Saint-Romuald (2 km), and Rue Commerciale (S) to Saint-Hen Chrysostome (3 km) (Levis) 46.6
6.7crossing Riviere Etchernin, small rapids may be visible to south (Levis) 27.7
7.7Chemin Des Iles, with St-Romuald refinery, Golf De L’Auberivière to north, water purification plant to south (Levis) 53.6
9Emergency cross-over lanes in median (Levis) 54.9
13Exit #325, 3/4 cloverleaf interchange, Route President Kennedy #173, N to Levis, all services & accomodation, golfing, and passenger ferry to Quebec City (5 km), south to community of Pintendre (3 km) (Levis) 61.6
13.6Emergency cross-over lanes in median64.3
14WB Exit #325 Boulevard Alphonse-Desjardins, N to Levis, all services & accommodation, golfing, and passenger ferry to Quebec City (5 km) (Levis) 67.4
15Exit #327 half cloverleaf interchange, Route MRG-Bourget (Levis) 82.9
16Emergency cross-over lanes in median80.2
18Exit #330 Chemin St Roch (S) access to Camping Transit (4 km), and Route Lallemand (N) access to services, accommodation, camping86.9
19.6Emergency cross-over lanes in median76.5
23.7Emergency U-turn74.1
25Exit #337 Rue de l’Anse S (N) and #279 S to town of St Charles (10 km)to accomodation, services and camping along #132 along St Lawrence River71.6
26Emergency cross-over lanes in median88.7
29Exit #341 Route de Beaumont, S to town of Saint-Charles 97 km), N to Route 132, town of Beaumont (2 km), services and Camping Carol campground (2 km)78.9
34EB Rest areas with bathrooms87.8
34.1WB Rest area with restaurant with bathrooms82
34.1Emergency U-turn81.1
36Exit #348 to Route 281 N to St-Michel de Bellechasse (1 km) (St-Michel de Bellechasse ) 61.6
39.5Underpass 3E Range (no access) and Emergency U-turn29.9
44Exit #356 Montee de la Station, N to Route 132 and town of Saint-Vallier42.4
51.4Emergency U-turn33.2
52Exit #364 Route de St-Francois N to Route 132 and town of Berthier-sur-Mer32
57Exit #369, Route de St-Pierre N to route 132, Rue Principale S to Saint-Pierre Montagny (4 km)29.9
60Exit #376, route 228 Chemin du Coteau N to Montmagny, all services & accommodation (Montmagny) 29.9
61.6bridge over Riviere du Sud (Montmagny) 14.9
62Exit #378, route #283 S to Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire. NW to community of Montmagny, all services, Point-Aux Campground (4 km) (Montmagny) 15.5
78Overpass, Route Ballavance (no access)23.2
81Exit #388 Route Petit-Cap to Route 132, N to community of Cap-Saint-Ignace, all services & accommodation41.1
83Overpass Route Des Quatre-Chemins (“Four Ways”)41.5
84Crossing Riviere de Perdrix (“Partridge” River)43.3
85Overpass Route Cendree-Lafeuille (no access)47.9
86.5WB Rest Area, North side of highway, Information, picnic tables, toilets telephone.56.4
86.6EB Rest Area South side of highway, Information, picnic tables, toilets, telephone.55.5
88Exit #400 route #285 / Route De L’eglise, S to community of Saint-Eugene (2 km). North to community of L’Islet (1 km),services, and L’Islet sur Mer (3 km), services & accommodation (L’Islet) 39.3
89.7overpass Chemin Morin (no access) east to L’Iletville28.3
95overpass Chemin du Moulin (no access)29.3
99Crossing the River Port-Joli20.4
101Exit #414, route # 204 S to community of Saint-Aubert, Saint-Damase-de-L’islet, La-Dene-Lieve campground . N to community of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, all services & accommodation, camping52.4
108underpass Route Elgin (no access) campground 3 km N53.9
114Route De L’elglise (no access), Ste Louise 1 km N of hwy32.9
128Exit #430, junction with route #132 Scenic route along south shore of St Lawrence. W to Village des Aulnaies (1km), Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies (4 km) (La Pocatiere) 17.4
133Exit 436, 2E Rue Guimond, connecting to route #132, #230 SE to community of La Pocatiere (1 km) services (La Pocatiere) 3.4
137Exit #439 SE to community of La Pointiere. Information Centre, North side of highway.3.4
139Overpass: Toute Verbois (no access)5.8
146Crossing Riviere Quelle18.3
147Exit #450 Chemin du Haute-SR-la Riviere, NW to Riviere Quelle airport, services, SE to community of Saint-Pacome22.6
151Wetlands and peat bogs to NE of highway26.5
154Exit #456, route #287 S to Saint-Phillippe-de-Mer, N to Saint-Denis (5 km)36.9
157Roadside Highway Turnout Rest Area Both sides of highway, picnic tables, toilets, telephone.47.5
163Overpass Route du Pain de Sucre (no access)29.9
164.8crossing small river with extensive waterfalls accessible from Saint Pascal (Saint-Pascal ) 29
166Exit #465 Route de Kamouraska (N) to Kamouraska (5 km) and Route Rochette (S) to community of Saint-Pascal (1 km), services (Saint-Pascal ) 29.6
166.5Climbing escarpment68
169.5overpass: 2E Range / Route de St-Germain76.2
172overpass: Route de St-Germain90.5
172Exit #474 Route Mississipp N to community of Saint-Andre. Rue de l’Eglise S to community of Sainte-Helene (1 km) (Sainte-Helene) 107.9
179Exit #480 Route de la Station, N to community of Saint-Andre (3 km). South to community of Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska (8 km)121
183Exit #488 junction with route #289 South to community of Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska (3 km)87.2
194Exit #496 North to Notre-Dame-du-Portage (1 km). Accommodation & services. S to access the Riviere-du-Loup airport (2 km)103.3
196EB Rest area on south side of highway, picnic tables, toilets, telephone93.9
197Exit #499 Highway #20 junction with Highway #185 (Trans Canada Highway) East to community of Riviere-du-Loup, all services. South east to Quebec / New Brunswick, border. South east city of Edmundston… (Riviere-du-Loup) 91.1
201Exit #96 Rue Fraserville NE to community of Riviere-du-loup (Riviere-du-Loup) 121
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