Take it all in! Côte-Nord road trip
5.5 hour drive from Montreal to Tadoussac – 480 km
3 hour drive from Quebec to Tadoussac – 215 km
2.5 hour drive from Tadoussac to Baie-Comeau - 200 km
2.5 hour drive from Baie-Comeau to Sept-Îles - 230 km
2.5 hour drive - 222 kmHead out on an excursion to the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. A boat operator recognized by Parks Canada will take you by zodiac to île Quarry. Once on the island, try the 1.2 km Les Falaises trail. Discover an ancient sea cliff in the middle of the forest. At the end of the trail, you’ll arrive at the giant limestone sculptures called monoliths. For a longer hike, choose between the 3.8 km Le Petit Percé trail and the 10.8 km Les Cypripèdes trail. Search for fossils along the shoreline of organisms that lived long before the dinosaurs. Stay the night and fall asleep to the sound of the waves in a fully equipped oTENTik tent or in your own tent.
30 minute drive - 50 kmTake a trip to the western islands of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve with one of the boat operators recognized by Parks Canada. You’ll be blown away by the moonscape of île Nue de Mingan, with its barrens as far as the eye can see. On île aux Perroquets visit the mythical lighthouse station and get to know the puffins and razorbills that call the island home. Spend the night in the light keeper’s or the assistant’s house for the full island experience.
2 hour drive from Longue-Pointede-Mingan to Sept-Îles - 170 km
2.5 hour drive from Sept-Îles to Baie-Comeau - 230 km
Day 6 and 7
2 hour drive from Baie-Comeau to Les Escoumins - 161 km
Are you ready for a challenge? Try scuba diving around the Marine Environment Discovery Centre in a thermal suit! You’ll be impressed by the incredible diversity of marine life in the St. Lawrence. From early July to mid-August, see the show « Le Saint-Laurent en direct » (French only, places are limited). You’ll be able to communicate with the divers live as their exploration of the world of starfish, anemones and sea cucumbers is broadcast on a screen in real time. Don’t miss the Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre, one of the best spots to see whales from the shore. Take the opportunity to visit the exhibit displayed in the light keeper’s house.
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