Included: Sacré-Coeur, Bergeronnes, Escoumins, Essipit
Welcome to the North Shore (la Côte-Nord)! Tadoussac, the gateway to the region, is reached by a free 10-minute ferry ride from Sainte-Catherine Bay. 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 des Baleines - 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, Les Bergeronnes, Les Escoumins (another Village-relais), and the Innu community of Essipit welcome you. Tadoussac and the surrounding area have a charm all their own, what with whale watching excursions on the St. Lawrence and in the fjord, interpretation centers, a historic church, 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.