A road trip along the côte-nord
7 days: from Québec City to Havre-Saint-Pierre
1,720 km roundtrip
Saguenay-St. Lawrence - Baie-Sainte-Catherine, 210 km from Québec City
The Côte-Nord offers up a welcome cocktail of sea air, magnificent landscapes and one of the best spots in the world for whale watching.
The view from the terrace above the Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre is unbeatable; you can spot sparkling white beluga whales just meters from the shore.
Continue the adventure on the water by boat or by sea kayak.
Mingan Archipelago - Havre-Saint-Pierre, 650 km from Baie-Sainte-Catherine
Travel the Whale Route. Keep watch and you might see seals basking in the sun or a whale flip its tail.
Stroll along the beach of Havre-Saint-Pierre and discover the enchanting view of the Mingan Archipelago islands.
Finish the day tasting delicious seafood in one of the village restaurants.
The intense blue of the sea, the sound and scent of the ocean call to you. Take your seat aboard an inflatable boat for an excursion to Île Quarry.
Don’t forget your camera! Capture spectacular photos during your guided walk to the limestone giants.
On the menu this morning: hike along the Petit Percé or or Île Quarry’s Cypripèdes trails. Search for fossils in the rocks along the seashore.
Make a stop on Île Niapiskau, famous for its monoliths. Say hello to the impressive “Bonne Femme de Niapiskau.”
Mingan Archipelago - Longue-Pointe-De-Mingan, 50 km from Havre-Saint-Pierre
Head to the western part of the archipelago for a sea outing! First stop: Île Nue de Mingan, feel the fascination of its monoliths and unique lunar landscape.
Next stop: Île aux Perroquets. You will be surprised by the proximity of the Atlantic puffins perched on the island's cliffs.
Finally on Grande Île, take selfies in front of the group of monoliths nicknamed the “Château.”
Saguenay-St. Lawrence - Les Escoumins, 555 km from Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan
After a day on the road, what could be better than a short walk along the shore before a good night’s sleep.
Take on the challenge of Nordic snorkeling at the Marine Environment Discovery Centre, and swim with the polar starfish. Pull on a thermal wet suit and dive beneath the waves, marvel at the incredible diversity of marine life around you.
Return to Québec City, 255 km