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.


Ideas for Your Vacation in Côte-Nord

   |   By Nathalie Le Coz

A trip to Côte-Nord is an opportunity to see for yourself how immense the province of Québec really is. Spanning from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon along the north shore of the St. Lawrence, this region is home to 1250 kilometres of coastline, broken by the mouths of wide and powerful rivers.

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First Nations People in Côte-Nord: Meet the Innu

   |   By Marine Grimaud

When you visit the immense territory of Côte-Nord, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, you’ll notice that many place names have an exotic ring. This is because they derive from Innu-aimun, the language spoken by the Innu people. Seven of the nine Innu communities in Québec are found in Côte-Nord.

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Where to See Whales in Côte-Nord

   |   By Jean-Pierre Sylvestre, Le Québec maritime

The Côte-Nord region is recognized as one of the best places in the world to see marine mammals. Follow the Whale Route from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon, and you may observe up to 13 different species of whales! To help you plan your vacation, here are some observation sites you won’t want to miss in this region.

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What to Do in Côte-Nord in the Winter

   |   By Katie Jalbert

Côte-Nord, which extends from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon, offers over 1300 kilometres of coastline and a vast territory ranging from the boreal forest to the taiga. In the winter, the snow cover gives you the opportunity to explore the region and enjoy a magical wonderland in a thousand and one way! To find out more, we interviewed Coralie Dumais, an outdoor enthusiast.

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5 Good Reasons to Visit Minganie

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

This segment of the Whale Route will take you from village to village all the way to the end of the road, at the edge of the Lower North Shore. Here are five good reasons to follow Route 138 across the Minganie area!

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5 Good Reasons to Visit Baie-Comeau

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Baie-Comeau, in Côte-Nord, is a unique city located about 200 km (120 mi.) east of Tadoussac where you can find out more about the last glaciation, discover the area’s fascinating industrial and maritime heritage, and explore wild and natural environments. Here are five good reasons that will inspire you to visit this dynamic city and the surrounding area.

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8 Souvenirs to Take Home from Côte-Nord

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Côte-Nord culture is a blend of Innu traditions and the heritage of European settlers. This combination is reflected in regional flavours and inspires local artisans. Here are some suggestions for places to visit and items you could take home with you!

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