Ce territoire immense, entre Tadoussac et Blanc-Sablon, Schefferville et l’île d’Anticosti, offre 1300 kilomètres de côte et un nombre incalculable de paysages à couper le souffle. La Côte-Nord couvre l’est du Québec. Sa porte d’entrée, Tadoussac, est située à environ 220 kilomètres de Québec et 475 kilomètres de Montréal. Les amateurs d’histoire seront ravis d’apprendre que la Côte-Nord abrite plus de 1 400 sites archéologiques sur l’ensemble de son territoire. Il s’agit aussi de la première région du Québec décrite par le célèbre découvreur Jacques Cartier. Encore aujourd’hui, l’économie nord-côtière est basée sur les grandes industries, quoique l’on assiste à une diversification du secteur économique.

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En Côte-Nord, le Saint-Laurent devient un estuaire maritime, puis un golfe. Parmi ses trésors, on compte 13 espèces de baleines. Au gré des kilomètres, sur la route 138, l’observation devient un jeu d’enfant à partir des sites terrestres ou durant les excursions sur l’eau. Sillonner la Route des Baleines vous fera succomber à ses nombreux charmes. Reconnu par l’UNESCO, le territoire de la MRC de Manicouagan recèle de trésors à découvrir sur 54 800 km2. Incluant Baie-Comeau, les municipalités environnantes et tout l’arrière-pays où la forêt boréale devient la taïga, c’est l’une des plus grandes Réserves mondiales de la biosphère au monde. Caractérisé par la présence de la taïga et des troupeaux de caribous, le territoire de Caniapiscau est l’endroit de prédilection pour les chasseurs, pêcheurs, canoteurs et motoneigistes aguerris.

En Minganie, goûtez à la vie décrite dans les chansons du célèbre poète Gilles Vigneault. La rivière au Bouleau est la porte d’entrée de cette région. Quant à la réserve de parc national de l’Archipel-de-Mingan, elle attire les admirateurs des mystérieux monolithes dispersés dans sa quarantaine d’îles. L’île d’Anticosti, très prisée des chasseurs de cerfs de Virginie (appelés communément chevreuils), recèle de fossiles, de grottes, de canyons et de chutes. Vous aurez un coup de coeur pour la Basse-Côte-Nord avec ses panoramas saisissants.

Portrait of the Côte-Nord Region

The history of Côte-Nord is closely interwoven with its abundant natural resources. The Innu and Naskapi people were the first to occupy the land generations ago. In the mid-20th century, companies and workers from Québec and further afield flocked to the region, lured by its forests, powerful rivers and mineral wealth. Today, the economy is still largely based on big industry; however, it is nevertheless becoming more and more diversified.


Tadoussac and Sacré-Coeur are the gateways to the Côte-Nord. Situated at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord, Tadoussac is a member of the World’s Most Beautiful Bays Club and the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of Québec. Nicknamed “the cradle of New France,” this one-time fur trading post is renowned worldwide for its whale watching, abundant activities, and popular song festival, the Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac.


Route 172 will take you to the village of Sacré-Coeur—and to sensational views of the Saguenay Fjord at various sites on the way. The Fjord Route and the Whale Route intersect at the junction of routes 172 and 138.  Back on the 138, the boreal forest rises like a sea of green from the coastal waters to dominate the North Shore landscape. In this rich ecosystem where evergreens reign supreme, plant and animal life abounds. North of the 50th parallel, the forest gradually gives way to the taiga. In the south, Route 138 hugs the estuary as it broadens into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Along Route 138, at Baie-Comeau, you’ll cross Route 389 right where hydroelectric dams Manic-2 and Manic-5 are located. Manic-5 is the largest multiple-arch buttress dam in the world.

Backcountry

This route will guide you through the backcountry of the Côte-Nord towards the municipalities of Fermont and Schefferville as well as several First Nations communities. A realm of massive mines, sweeping taiga, and herds of caribou, the Caniapiscau region is a paradise for seasoned hunters, anglers, canoeists and snowmobilers.

Make your way back down Route 389 and continue your coastal journey eastward on the 138. As you travel the coast, don’t miss the many interpretation centers along the way for fascinating insights into the marine environment, whales, lighthouses, shipwrecks and other secrets of the St. Lawrence. Be sure to take advantage of Côte-Nord’s culinary diversity too. Local eateries showcase a wide variety of delectable regional products and specialties.

Forestville, Baie-Comeau, Port-Cartier, Sept-Îles, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Fermont are the Côte-Nord’s main urban centers. Each of these cities provide all the necessary services their residents need and offer visitors a multitude of different tourist attractions. Churches, museums, parks, interpretation centers, industrial visits and festivals are just some of the many attractions that showcase the region’s dynamic and effervescent nature. Be sure to discover the Côte-Nord’s great accommodations and restaurants.


At Rivière au Bouleau, you will find yourself at the gateway to the Minganie, a territory that spans all the way to Natashquan. Renowned for its folktales and legends, Minganie is home to Québec’s famous poet, Gilles Vigneault. Each year, Minganie and the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, with its chain of around 40 islands, welcome visitors with their mysterious monoliths.

Île-d'Anticosti

Brimming with fossils, caves, canyons and waterfalls, Île-d'Anticosti is nothing less than utopia for hunters of white-tailed deer. With this island, everything is beyond measure! From Port-Menier, the road that crosses the island brings you to amazing areas that enable you to access a multitude of outfitters, and discover flora and fauna that are unlike anything you have ever seen before.

Beyond Route 138, once you have passed Natashquan and its “folks of the land ,” Québec’s Lower North Shore awaits you. With over 15 villages scattered a 400 km coastline, 6000 inhabitants from the Innu, Québec and Newfoundland descent welcome you, eager to share their part of the world on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Visiting the Côte-Nord is a 1300 km voyage along the Whale Route. Branch off onto Route 172 to admire the fjord, and then onto Route 389 to discover the northern part of the region. Embarking on the Whale Route is an unforgettable experience that takes you through awe-inspiring landscapes, maritime vistas and thriving forests. From one new discovery to another, you will be filled with wonder

Must-see destinations "Pôles"

Tadoussac

Forestville

Baie-Comeau (incluant Péninsule Manicouagan et Panoramas)

Fermont et la route 389

Port-Cartier et Sept-Îles

L'Île-d'Anticosti

Rivière-au-Tonnerre

Havre-Saint-Pierre

Natashquan

Côte-Nord-du-Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent

 

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Sacré-Coeur, Bergeronnes, Escoumins, Essipit

Included: Sacré-Coeur, Bergeronnes, Escoumins, Essipit

Welcome to Côte-Nord! Tadoussac, the gateway to the region, is reached by a free 10 minute ferry ride from Baie-Sainte-Catherine. Located 2½ hours east of Québec City,Tadoussac is an internationally renowned destination recognized as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The village is the starting point of the Whale Route (Route 138)and also provides access to the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. North from here–and south from the Saguenay region–the Fjord Route (Route 172) leads to the village relais of Sacré-Coeur, a service center for tourists. Just 30 minutes east of Tadoussac, LesBergeronnes, Les Escoumins (village-relais), and the Innu community of Essipit welcomeyou. Tadoussac and the surrounding area have a charm all their own, what with whalewatching excursions on the St. Lawrence and in the fjord, interpretation centers, a historicchurch, world-class outfitters, and numerous onshore sites for observing whales and birds.Another ferry runs between Les Escoumins and Trois-Pistoles, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence.

Sacré-Coeur, Bergeronnes, Escoumins, Essipit

Included: Sacré-Coeur, Bergeronnes, Escoumins, Essipit

Welcome to Côte-Nord! Tadoussac, the gateway to the region, is reached by a free 10 minute ferry ride from Baie-Sainte-Catherine. Located 2½ hours east of Québec City,Tadoussac is an internationally renowned destination recognized as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The village is the starting point of the Whale Route (Route 138)and also provides access to the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. North from here–and south from the Saguenay region–the Fjord Route (Route 172) leads to the village relais of Sacré-Coeur, a service center for tourists. Just 30 minutes east of Tadoussac, LesBergeronnes, Les Escoumins (village-relais), and the Innu community of Essipit welcomeyou. Tadoussac and the surrounding area have a charm all their own, what with whalewatching excursions on the St. Lawrence and in the fjord, interpretation centers, a historicchurch, world-class outfitters, and numerous onshore sites for observing whales and birds.Another ferry runs between Les Escoumins and Trois-Pistoles, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence.

Longue-Rive, Portneuf-sur-Mer, Colombier

Included: Longue-Rive, Portneuf-sur-Mer, Colombier

A bit further east, the municipalities of Longue-Rive, Portneuf-sur-Mer, Forestville, and Colombier welcome you. Salt marshes and unique vegetation provide rich habitat for wildlife and make the region a bird lovers paradise sure to delight new and seasoned birders alike. An accredited village-relais (service center), Forestville has a charming historic heritage and a vast backcountry popular with hunters, anglers, and cottage-goers drawn by its fish-laden lakes and outfitting operations. The town also boasts numerous winter activities, including the popular Boréal Loppet cross-country skiing competition. In summer, a ferry links Forestville and Rimouski.

Longue-Rive, Portneuf-sur-Mer, Colombier

Included: Longue-Rive, Portneuf-sur-Mer, Colombier

A bit further east, the municipalities of Longue-Rive, Portneuf-sur-Mer, Forestville, and Colombier welcome you. Salt marshes and unique vegetation provide rich habitat for wildlife and make the region a bird lovers paradise sure to delight new and seasoned birders alike. An accredited village-relais (service center), Forestville has a charming historic heritage and a vast backcountry popular with hunters, anglers, and cottage-goers drawn by its fish-laden lakes and outfitting operations. The town also boasts numerous winter activities, including the popular Boréal Loppet cross-country skiing competition. In summer, a ferry links Forestville and Rimouski.

Pessamit, Ragueneau, Chute-aux-Outardes, Pointe-aux-Outardes, Pointe-Lebel, Franquelin, Godbout, Baie-Trinité

Included: Pessamit, Ragueneau, Chute-aux-Outardes, Pointe-aux-Outardes, Pointe-Lebel, Franquelin, Godbout, Baie-Trinité

Some 30 minutes from Forestville, you’ll come to the community of Pessamit, situated along a magnificent river. Travel on to discover the charms of the Manicouagan Peninsula, a paradise for wind and board sports enthusiasts. Winding through the municipalities of Ragueneau, Chute-aux-Outardes, Pointe-aux-Outardes, and Pointe-Lebel, the Beach Route is your jumping off point for 30 km of fine-sand beaches among the loveliest in the region. Further east, dynamic Baie-Comeau welcomes you with its vibrant industrial, historic, and religious heritage, and a host of activities. Take a journey back in time at Jardins des glaciers and discover the traces left by the last Ice Age. Some 20 minutes past Baie-Comeau, you’ll reach the Panoramas sector comprising the communities of Franquelin, Godbout, and Baie-Trinité. The scenic vistas and surroundings are an invitation to relax and admire nature at its finest. Attractions include a unique fish ladder, a historic lighthouse, and a shipwreck interpretation center.

Incluant: Franquelin, Godbout et Baie-Trinité

Sur la Route des Baleines, se trouve une zone de beauté appelée « le secteur des panoramas ». Trois villages, entre fleuve et falaises, vous offrent des paysages boréaux où le regard se perd dans le miroitement de la lumière à la surface de l’eau. Dans un rayon de 100 km, accédez à la mer, à la forêt et à des montagnes impressionnantes.

Vous rêvez d’explorer la faune et la flore régionales, de pêcher ou de vous baigner ? De flâner sur des plages de sable fin ou près de chutes ? De partager la culture de l’endroit ? Le secteur des panoramas va donc vous combler ! Ici vous êtes en fusion avec les grands espaces et l’air pur. Prenez le temps de vous arrêter, d’explorer et de découvrir.

Pessamit, Ragueneau, Chute-aux-Outardes, Pointe-aux-Outardes, Pointe-Lebel, Franquelin, Godbout, Baie-Trinité

Included: Pessamit, Ragueneau, Chute-aux-Outardes, Pointe-aux-Outardes, Pointe-Lebel, Franquelin, Godbout, Baie-Trinité

Some 30 minutes from Forestville, you’ll come to the community of Pessamit, situated along a magnificent river. Travel on to discover the charms of the Manicouagan Peninsula, a paradise for wind and board sports enthusiasts. Winding through the municipalities of Ragueneau, Chute-aux-Outardes, Pointe-aux-Outardes, and Pointe-Lebel, the Beach Route is your jumping off point for 30 km of fine-sand beaches among the loveliest in the region. Further east, dynamic Baie-Comeau welcomes you with its vibrant industrial, historic, and religious heritage, and a host of activities. Take a journey back in time at Jardins des glaciers and discover the traces left by the last Ice Age. Some 20 minutes past Baie-Comeau, you’ll reach the Panoramas sector comprising the communities of Franquelin, Godbout, and Baie-Trinité. The scenic vistas and surroundings are an invitation to relax and admire nature at its finest. Attractions include a unique fish ladder, a historic lighthouse, and a shipwreck interpretation center.

Manic-2, Manic-5, Monts Groulx

Included: Fermont and route 389

To reach the town of Fermont north of the 52nd parallel, follow Route 389 from Baie-Comeau. Along the way, be sure to take in some of Québec's greatest achievements in hydroelectrical engineering at Manic-2 and Manic-5, the largest multiple-arch-and-buttress dam in the world. The mining town of Fermont is reknowned for its impressive 1,3 km windbreak wall and a very popular destination with hunters, anglers, hikers, and snowmobilers. Still further north, where the boreal forest meets the tundra, the town of Schefferville dans the aboriginal communities of Matimekush-Lac-John (Innu) and Kawawachikamach (Naskapi) await. Fishing, adventure tourism, and aboriginal culture are the main attractions in this area, located over 12 hours away by train from Sept-Îles in the heart of the mineral-rich Labrador Trough.

Route 389 et Route Toulnustouc

En direction est, à une heure de Forestville, Baie-Comeau se fait témoin des phénomènes de la postglaciation et vous accueille là où les forces de la nature et de l’histoire se rencontrent.

De plus, Baie-Comeau, en tant qu’escale de croisières internationales, multiplie le rayonnement de la région. Son arrière-pays vous charmera avec son immensité, dont les principaux accès sont les routes 389 et Toulnustouc.

Pour y accéder par la rive sud, empruntez le traversier à partir de Matane jusqu’à Baie-Comeau pour une durée de 2 h 20.

Manic-2, Manic-5, Monts Groulx

Included: Fermont and route 389

To reach the town of Fermont north of the 52nd parallel, follow Route 389 from Baie-Comeau. Along the way, be sure to take in some of Québec's greatest achievements in hydroelectrical engineering at Manic-2 and Manic-5, the largest multiple-arch-and-buttress dam in the world. The mining town of Fermont is reknowned for its impressive 1,3 km windbreak wall and a very popular destination with hunters, anglers, hikers, and snowmobilers. Still further north, where the boreal forest meets the tundra, the town of Schefferville dans the aboriginal communities of Matimekush-Lac-John (Innu) and Kawawachikamach (Naskapi) await. Fishing, adventure tourism, and aboriginal culture are the main attractions in this area, located over 12 hours away by train from Sept-Îles in the heart of the mineral-rich Labrador Trough.

Pointe-aux-Anglais, Rivière-Pentecôte, Gallix, Clarke City, Moisie

Included: Pointe-aux-Anglais, Rivière-Pentecôte, Gallix, Clarke City, Moisie

Route 138 takes you to the region of Port-Cartier and Sept-Îles, the two largest municipalities on the North Shore, east of Baie-Comeau. This vast area, consisting of the Pointe-aux-Anglais, Rivière-Pentecôte, Gallix, Clarke City, and Moisie sectors and the Innu communities of Uashat and Mani-Utenam, offers a wide range of visitor and accommodation services and cultural and outdoor activities.Long, fine sand beaches line the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and well-known salmon rivers dot the region. Parc de la Rivière aux Rochers, Patterson Island, McCormick Island, and the Port-Cartier–Sept-Îles wildlife reserve are idyllic spots that offer camping, hunting, fishing, boating excursions, or hiking. From west to east, you’ll come across numerous museums and interpretation sites tracing the region’s history.

Pointe-aux-Anglais, Rivière-Pentecôte, Gallix, Clarke City, Moisie

Included: Pointe-aux-Anglais, Rivière-Pentecôte, Gallix, Clarke City, Moisie

Route 138 takes you to the region of Port-Cartier and Sept-Îles, the two largest municipalities on the North Shore, east of Baie-Comeau. This vast area, consisting of the Pointe-aux-Anglais, Rivière-Pentecôte, Gallix, Clarke City, and Moisie sectors and the Innu communities of Uashat and Mani-Utenam, offers a wide range of visitor and accommodation services and cultural and outdoor activities.Long, fine sand beaches line the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and well-known salmon rivers dot the region. Parc de la Rivière aux Rochers, Patterson Island, McCormick Island, and the Port-Cartier–Sept-Îles wildlife reserve are idyllic spots that offer camping, hunting, fishing, boating excursions, or hiking. From west to east, you’ll come across numerous museums and interpretation sites tracing the region’s history.

Port-Menier

Included: Port-Menier

At 222 km long, Anticosti Island is the largest island in Québec. Located opposite Havre-Saint-Pierre in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, it can be reached by plane or by boat. In 1895, the island was purchased by French chocolate maker and industrialist Henri Menier, who developed it until 1926. It is home to over 160,000 white-tailed deer, some 160 bird species, and rare and sometimes endemic plants. Its limestone geology, which is rich in fossils, has fashioned incredible landscapes. Salmon fishing, deer hunting, and vacationing are among the island’s main activities. Parc national d’Anticosti also offers many outdoor activities for exploring this vast island playground.

Port-Menier

Included: Port-Menier

At 222 km long, Anticosti Island is the largest island in Québec. Located opposite Havre-Saint-Pierre in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, it can be reached by plane or by boat. In 1895, the island was purchased by French chocolate maker and industrialist Henri Menier, who developed it until 1926. It is home to over 160,000 white-tailed deer, some 160 bird species, and rare and sometimes endemic plants. Its limestone geology, which is rich in fossils, has fashioned incredible landscapes. Salmon fishing, deer hunting, and vacationing are among the island’s main activities. Parc national d’Anticosti also offers many outdoor activities for exploring this vast island playground.

Sheldrake, Magpie, Rivière-Saint-Jean

Included: Sheldrake, Magpie, Rivière-Saint-Jean

The communities of Sheldrake, Magpie, and Rivière-Saint-Jean stretch along the shore around the village-relais (service center) of Rivière-au-Tonnerre. Considered one of the North Shore’s most picturesque villages, this municipality is a popular place to relax and unwind. Fishing, birding, and whale watching from shore or on the water as well as the maritime link with Île Anticosti are the main draw in these coastal villages typical of the Minganie region. You’ll find a variety of accommodations, local specialty products, and picturesque little churches well worth a detour in their own right.

Sheldrake, Magpie, Rivière-Saint-Jean

Included: Sheldrake, Magpie, Rivière-Saint-Jean

The communities of Sheldrake, Magpie, and Rivière-Saint-Jean stretch along the shore around the village-relais (service center) of Rivière-au-Tonnerre. Considered one of the North Shore’s most picturesque villages, this municipality is a popular place to relax and unwind. Fishing, birding, and whale watching from shore or on the water as well as the maritime link with Île Anticosti are the main draw in these coastal villages typical of the Minganie region. You’ll find a variety of accommodations, local specialty products, and picturesque little churches well worth a detour in their own right.

Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan

Included: Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan

With its multitude of islands and islets stretching over 175 km and its impressive monoliths and limestone structures, the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve has been attracting visitors to Havre-Saint-Pierre and the surrounding area for many years. From Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan eastward, you’ll find boat operators and visitor and interpretation centers providing information about maritime transportation services and activities available in the area, including excursions and camping on the islands, hiking, birding, and whale watching. Located at the confluence of Rivière Mingan and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Innu community of Mingan invites you to discover a thousand-year-old culture through its art, handicrafts, and scenery. In the heart of the taiga at the eastern end of this sector lies the small village of Baie-Johan-Beetz, renowned for salmon fishing and its outstanding marine environment. Featuring wide open spaces and stunning coastal scenery, this is the perfect escape!

Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan

Included: Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan

With its multitude of islands and islets stretching over 175 km and its impressive monoliths and limestone structures, the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve has been attracting visitors to Havre-Saint-Pierre and the surrounding area for many years. From Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan eastward, you’ll find boat operators and visitor and interpretation centers providing information about maritime transportation services and activities available in the area, including excursions and camping on the islands, hiking, birding, and whale watching. Located at the confluence of Rivière Mingan and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Innu community of Mingan invites you to discover a thousand-year-old culture through its art, handicrafts, and scenery. In the heart of the taiga at the eastern end of this sector lies the small village of Baie-Johan-Beetz, renowned for salmon fishing and its outstanding marine environment. Featuring wide open spaces and stunning coastal scenery, this is the perfect escape!

Aguanish et l'Île-Michon, Pointe-Parent, Kegaska

Included: Aguanish and l'Île-Michon, Pointe-Parent, Kegaska

Natashquan is unquestionably one of the best-known villages in Côte-Nord and Québec as a whole. Not only does it provide visitors with a unique taste of a vibrant and original regional culture, it also offers striking vistas and nature at its most authentic. As in the neighboring municipalities of Aguanish and Kegaska and the Innu community of Nutashkuan, there are fine sand beaches, swimming areas, trails through the taiga, and magnificent wild rivers. A brand new bridge on the large Natshquan River completed at the end of summer 2013 extends Route 138 and links the small fishing village of Kegaska to the rest of Québec.

Aguanish et l'Île-Michon, Pointe-Parent, Kegaska

Included: Aguanish and l'Île-Michon, Pointe-Parent, Kegaska

Natashquan is unquestionably one of the best-known villages in Côte-Nord and Québec as a whole. Not only does it provide visitors with a unique taste of a vibrant and original regional culture, it also offers striking vistas and nature at its most authentic. As in the neighboring municipalities of Aguanish and Kegaska and the Innu community of Nutashkuan, there are fine sand beaches, swimming areas, trails through the taiga, and magnificent wild rivers. A brand new bridge on the large Natshquan River completed at the end of summer 2013 extends Route 138 and links the small fishing village of Kegaska to the rest of Québec.

Including: Kegaska, La Romaine, Chevery, Harrington Harbour, Tête-à-la-Baleine, Vieux-Fort, Rivière-Saint-Paul, Middle Bay, Brador, Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon, Blanc-Sablon

The Lower-North-Shore, from Kegaska to Blanc-Sablon, which spreads across almost 375km of coastline, has an undeniable charm in the heart of fascinating landscapes. Its villages often sit between rocks and sea, with scenery divided by a myriad of bays, inlets and rivers. The primary access is by sea, aboard the N/M Bella Desgagnés of the company Relais Nordik, by airplane or by ferry from Newfoundland. The more adventurous arrive via the long, isolated route through the northern hinterland, from Baie-Comeau (route 389) to Labrador (routes 500 and 510). This vast region is populated by Anglophones, descendants of families originating from Newfoundland, who settled on the North-Shore at the end of the 20th century, Innus and Francophones. It is a region that is particularly well-known for its impressive concentration of archaeological sites, especially near Blanc-Sablon. Since 2013, route 138 continues past the limits of Natashquan to allow the discovery of Kegaska, the first village of the Lower-North-Shore. Also, at the Eastern limit of the North-Shore, an 82 km section of route 138 connects the small communities situated between Vieux-Fort and Blanc-Sablon.

Including: Kegaska, La Romaine, Chevery, Harrington Harbour, Tête-à-la-Baleine, Vieux-Fort, Rivière-Saint-Paul, Middle Bay, Brador, Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon, Blanc-Sablon

The Lower-North-Shore, from Kegaska to Blanc-Sablon, which spreads across almost 375km of coastline, has an undeniable charm in the heart of fascinating landscapes. Its villages often sit between rocks and sea, with scenery divided by a myriad of bays, inlets and rivers. The primary access is by sea, aboard the N/M Bella Desgagnés of the company Relais Nordik, by airplane or by ferry from Newfoundland. The more adventurous arrive via the long, isolated route through the northern hinterland, from Baie-Comeau (route 389) to Labrador (routes 500 and 510). This vast region is populated by Anglophones, descendants of families originating from Newfoundland, who settled on the North-Shore at the end of the 20th century, Innus and Francophones. It is a region that is particularly well-known for its impressive concentration of archaeological sites, especially near Blanc-Sablon. Since 2013, route 138 continues past the limits of Natashquan to allow the discovery of Kegaska, the first village of the Lower-North-Shore. Also, at the Eastern limit of the North-Shore, an 82 km section of route 138 connects the small communities situated between Vieux-Fort and Blanc-Sablon.