The Québec maritime Blog


Côte-Nord is vast, wild and spectacular. Made up of the tourist regions of Manicouagan and Duplessis, it extends from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon and from the north shore of the St. Lawrence northward, to where the boreal forest gives way to the taiga. Out at sea and from the shore, up to 13 species of whales can be observed in this region. Côte-Nord is a land of extremes, from the Saguenay Fjord to the canyons of Anticosti Island, not to mention the mysterious monoliths of the Mingan Archipelago.

Various winter activities allow visitors to discover the vastness of this territory, whether by riding the region’s many snowmobile trails or exploring snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails. Ice fishing, wildlife observation and dogsledding are also among the many activities offered to visitors wishing to explore this untamed wilderness area.

To plan your trip, check out our Côte-Nord section.


Soak up the Exotic Charm of Havre-Saint-Pierre

   |   By Valérie Gasse

Certainly, the north shore of the St. Lawrence offers landscapes that are quite different from those found along the coast of my native Gaspésie—I felt transported to the border between reality and imagination. The taiga by the sea! It was a complete change of scenery.

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Encounter History in Tadoussac

   |   By Jean-François Gratton

Tadoussac, a charming little village in Côte-Nord nestled in one of the most beautiful bays in the world, is widely recognized as one of the best places to see whales. It’s also a historic place that bears witness to our rich past, which is worth discovering in several local interpretation sites. So let’s take a little trip back in time…

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Off the Coast of Côte-Nord… A Sea of Flavours!

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Côte-Nord borders the majestic St. Lawrence for over 1300 km along the coast as it widens from the estuary into the gulf. Sometimes under the moonlight during a spring tide, you’ll be amazed to see a shoal of capelin rolling in on the waves to spawn. This incredible scene illustrates the richness of the St. Lawrence in this region and provides an example of the many gourmet treasures found here.

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Savour the Unique Flavours of Côte-Nord

   |   By Julie Aubé

Côte-Nord is a land of nature beyond measure where you’ll find endless wild beaches, legendary archipelagos featuring rocks shaped by the sea, mighty rivers, peat bogs, whales and birds as well as the boreal forest and the taiga… wide-open spaces filled with fresh air and unique flavours to discover!

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What to See by Snowmobile in Eastern Québec: The Manicouagan Bridge

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Known for its vast and spectacular landscapes, Côte-Nord is a feast for the eyes for anyone who rides their snowmobile through this region. So it’s not that surprising that the region is home to the highest snowmobile bridge in the world! Find out more about the bridge over the Manicouagan River, which is such a thrill to ride across.

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