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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.


An Introduction to Whale Watching

   |   By Tanya Paquet

Who isn’t fascinated by whales? Did you know that Côte-Nord is one of the best places in the world to observe them? An abundant food supply and the unusual geology of the seabed explain why this region...

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Sept-Îles: An Immense and Accessible Natural Playground

   |   By Tanya Paquet

I’m currently planning a trip to Sept-Îles this summer, and I’m really excited about visiting this area of Côte-Nord – Duplessis. What attracts me to this region are the vast open spaces I keep hearing about: immense forests, numerous rivers and the sea stretching out to the horizon.

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Tips for Identifying Whale Species

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Côte-Nord is one of the five best whale-watching areas in the world. The tides, currents and unusual seabed topography provide favourable conditions for high concentrations of plankton and fish: this open-air buffet attracts 13 species of cetaceans.

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