Traveling on The Border Route is an easy way to discover the magnificent panoramas and natural, historical, cultural and recreational beauty of this agricultural, forest and mining region. Along the way, travellers can enjoy the region’s natural and built heritage for which this region is famous for.
The Border Route (Route des Frontières), along Route 289, begins at the junction of The Navigator’s Route (Route des Navigateurs) in Saint-André, crosses Saint-Alexandre-de- Kamouraska in the regional county municipality of Kamouraska, passes through the Parke Native Reserve, runs along the border of the State of Maine in Pohénégamook and Rivière-Bleue, crosses Saint-Marc-du-Lac-Long and Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande in the regional county municipality of Témiscouata near the New-Brunswick border to finally pass near the municipal limits of the town of Packington.
This scenic route was named the Route des Frontières because it runs along the borders of Quebec, New-Brunswick and Maine. Along the road, there are many sites to discover and many more to remind us of the political and geographical significance of the area: border crossing points, border markers, an International Bridge as well as the natural border created by the Saint-François River.
Life in this region was always influenced by the reality of living near a border: border crossing territory, migratory flows of populations, constant flux of labourers, commercial trade and the various recreational activities taking place on both sides of the border. Amazing stories about border crossings remain in the collective imagination of the region’s inhabitants: sharing the territory between Canada and the U.S., alcohol contraband during Prohibition or tobacco smuggling in the 80's and 90's.