Vast and rugged, the Lower-North-Shore is among the lesser-known regions of Quebec and most pristine in Canada. Situated 1,600 kilometres North-East of Montreal, it extends over 375 kilometres along the north shore of the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence. Approximately 5,000 people make this unique landscape their home, spread out in 14 villages with populations numbering from as few as 50 to nearly 1,000 residents. Years of isolation has allowed these Innu, Francophone and Anglophone communities to develop traditions, architecture and accents that are truly their own. Lovers of culture and outdoor activities, the Lower-North-Shore will surprise you. Follow in the footsteps of the first Basque explorers to settle here in North America.
The Lower-North-Shore is dotted with thousands of islands, coves, secret passages, white-sand beaches. On the landward side, blue-green moss and lichen as far as the eye can see, and tumultuous salmon rivers wind their way through rubble fields and tundra. On the seaward side, the clear blue waters of the spectacular Gulf of Saint-Lawrence sparkle.
The Lower-North-Shore offers various environments: subarctic coastline, vast boreal forest and tundra. Its unique and fragile ecosystems attract numerous birds, sea ducks, sea lions and whales. The icebergs of Greenland, pushed south by the cold current of Labrador, can be seen offshore until the middle of summer. Clear night skies are lit up by the colourful Aurora Borealis.
A major destination for amateur ornithologists from around the world, fourteen different species of seabirds can be observed, including the Atlantic Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills. Six migratory bird sanctuaries protect the nesting sites, like that of Bradore Bay, home to over 20,000 Atlantic Puffins, the largest colony in Quebec.