Côte Nord and Anticosti
|1||Arrival in Montreal|
|2||Montreal → Tadoussac||507 km|
|3||Tadoussac →||510 km|
|4||Excursion to Anticosti Island (4-hr ferry ride round trip)|
|5||→ Natashquan||244 km|
|6||Excursion to Aguanish (50 km round trip)|
|7||Natashquan → Havre-Saint-Pierre||151 km|
|8||Havre-Saint-Pierre → Baie-Comeau||448 km|
|9||Baie-Comeau → Bas St-Laurent||271 km|
|10||Bas St-Laurent → Quebec City||200 km|
|11||Quebec City → Montreal||254 km|
- 10 nights' accommodation as described in the program (or similar)
- 10 breakfasts
- A picnic lunch on Anticosti Island
- The Baie-Comeau / Matane ferry
- A contribution to the Cooperative for Sustainable Tourism
- Assistance from your Canadian travel specialist (before, during and after the trip)
- All applicable taxes
- Protection for foreign travellers through the Compensation fund for customers of travel agents
Pick up your rental car at the airport and get settled into your hotel, conveniently located in downtown Montreal.
We wish you a wonderful vacation in the land of the great outdoors and exceptional people!
Following breakfast you set a course for Tadoussac. After the Quebec City region, the lovely quiet roads of Charlevoix lead you to the mouth of the Saguenay River.
A short ferry ride transports you to the pretty village of Tadoussac, in the Côte-Nord region
You may choose to take a late afternoon whale watching safari. This impressive experience is an opportunity to observe the large mammals in their natural habitat.
Tonight's accommodation offers a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River. You will want to get a good night's sleep, as you have an early start tomorrow morning.
Today you begin your discovery of the beauty and culture of the Côte Nord region. Be sure to wake up early: the "Whale Route" awaits! Make a stop along the way to visit the celebrated Pointe-des-Monts lighthouse.
Your route continues to Sept-Îles, where you have lunch at your own convenience. You might like to visit the Côte-Nord Regional Museum and the Old Trading Post, a historical place of meeting and trade between the French and English settlers and the Innu, which will reveal many secrets of the past.
Along the way to Rivière-au-Tonnerre, don't hesitate to stop and stretch your legs at the impressive Chutes Manitou waterfall. Upon your arrival, enjoy a complimentary cocktail and a tasting of local specialties at the hospitable CoSte House, overlooking the small fishing port and Jacques-Cartier Strait.
After an early breakfast, climb aboard the Anticosti Express for a 7am departure to the enchanting Anticosti Island, known for its kilometres of shoreline, lighthouses, clear rivers, quiet bays and large population of white-tailed deer.
Keep your eyes open during the boat ride: you may sight whales or other marine mammals!
You receive a guided tour of the village of Port Menier and the remains of Château Meunier, the villa built by celebrated French chocolate maker Henri Menier. Next the adventure leads to the abandoned village of Baie-Ste-Claire and Anse aux Fraises, where you enjoy a picnic lunch featuring local specialties.
4 p.m. departure back to Rivière-au-Tonnerre and dinner at your leisure. Meet with a "Coaster" for a brief history of the village's fishing industry.
Economy: L'escale Lam-Air
After breakfast, you set out at dawn for Natashquan, the "small village with the big name", birthplace of the great Quebec poet and songwriter Gilles Vigneault. You will receive a warm welcome at the Vieille École museum, which houses an exhibition on Vigneault and his works.
Along the way, the view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the Magpie Lookout is sure to impress. Or you may prefer to stop at the Innu Cultural Centre in Ekuanitshit, a small Innu community in Minganie.
Lunch at your own convenience in Natashquan. The excursion to the village of Kegashka, gateway to the Basse-Côte-Nord region, is well worth your while.
We highly recommend dinner at the beachfront Café-Bistro l’Échourie. The sunsets from the terrace can be simply spectacular.
Economy: Auberge Le Port d’attache
Breakfast. Early risers may want to take an easy-paced guided excursion along the Aguanish River to the surprising "Saw Trace" ("Trait-de-Scie") Canyon.
Don't hesitate to have lunch at the Goynish smokehouse, for a memorable dining experience.
Back in Natashquan, it's time for a unique nature adventure: a guided ATV excursion in which you will learn about the village and the plants and berries that can be found at this latitude.
When you get back, spend some time exploring the "Magasins du Galet" or original fishermen huts. Dinner at your leisure at one of the village restaurants.
Economy : Auberge Le Port d’attache
After breakfast, you set out on the return journey. Be sure to stop and take some photos at Baie-Johan-Beetz. Take the time to stroll upon the footbridge of this charming little village and tour the historic manor, which the townspeople affectionately call the "castle".
Once you reach Havre-Saint-Pierre, what would you say to taking a memorable cruise of the Mingan Islands Archipelago? The huge limestone monoliths scattered on the islands' beaches have inspired many a poet and artist.
Back on solid ground, the evening is yours to do as you wish. The locals would almost certainly recommend dinner at "Restaurant de la Promenade", with its spectacular ocean views.
Economy: Hôtel du Havre
Breakfast. You spend the morning in Havre-Saint-Pierre. A visit to the Roland Jomphe cultural center and to the Maison des Artisans will permit you to learn more about the history and culture of it's inhabitants, whose ancestors left Havre-aux-Maison Iles-de-la-Madeleine to found this village, that was once called Pointe-aux-Esquimaux.
Next it is time to head for Baie-Comeau, famous for its hydroelectric dams and the Jardin des Glaciers. You might like to stop at Baie-Trinité to visit the national shipwreck centre.
Economy: Hôtel du Manoir ou La Caravelle
After breakfast, you take the ferry across the St. Lawrence River to the south shore.
Make a stop along the way for a quick visit of Bic National Park and a picnic lunch. The view of the St. Lawrence is sure to impress!
This evening's destination is Notre-Dame-du-Portage, a charming small village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. According to National Geographic, in this region you will find "the second most beautiful sunsets in the world, after Hawaii".
Today you head for the beautiful and historic Quebec City, the cradle of French culture in the Americas.
Perched on the cliffs of Cap Diamant and overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec is proud to be a living museum and the only fortified city in North America.
Once you reach Quebec City, take the time to explore the city and its many historic sites. The entire old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.
You spend the night in the heart of Old Quebec.
Enjoy the last moments of your Quebec vacation, before heading to the Montreal airport for your flight home.
It's time to say "au revoir" to the land of the great outdoors and exceptional people, your hearts filled with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.