04 – Côte Nord

General Information:

On the North Shore of the Saint-Lawrence, we encounter both marine and mountainous views. It is on the extreme eastern tip of the Canadian Shield and a region of huge hydro-electric dams. Trails wind through coniferous forests in the south, and further north we find taiga and tundra.

Practical Information:

  • Regional network:
    14 clubs (2 283 Km of trails)
  • Main trails:
    The North Shore is served mainly by trail 3 from Tadoussac up to Baie Johan-Beetz. A marked trail, maintained by the Quebec Ministry of Transportation, extends trail 3 along the coast to Blanc-Sablon on the Lower North Shore. Trail 314 joins Tadoussac to Escoumins. There are a multitude of local trails. There is also an « explorer » type trail called the « Challenge of the Great North » which joins Port-Cartier (to the south) to Fermont (in the north). This 400 km long unmarked trail requires the accompaniment of a professional guide.
  • Accommodation accessible from the trail:
    Manicouagan : 745 rooms
    Duplessis : 635 rooms
  • Snow conditions:
    From the beginning of December (Fermont region) until mid-April

Location:

At the far east of Quebec, on the North Shore of the Saint-Lawrence and to the east of the Saguenay River, bordering Labrador (Newfoundland) to the east. Served mainly by Highway 138 from Quebec City and Highway 172 from Chicoutimi. It is possible to cross the St Lawrence. The trail network is accessible at various points.

Principal cities: Tadoussac – Les Escoumins – Forestville – Baie-Comeau – Port-Cartier – Sept-îles – Havre-Saint-Pierre – Natashquan – Fermont

Attractions:

  • The Mingan Archipelago (trail 3)
  • Caribous (Fermont)
  • The longest snowmobile bridge in North America (trail 3)
  • Numerous observation points all along the coast of the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence and the Saguenay Fjord…

 

From the region:

  • Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean at North-West (Trail 93)
  • Charlevoix at West (Trail 3)
  • Gaspe at South (Trail 3 and Baie-Comeau-Matane-Godbout Ferry)

Links:

337, boul. Lasalle, #304, Baie-Comeau (Québec) G4Z 2Z1
Phone : 418 294-2876 / le 1 888 463-5319
Fax : 418 294-2345

312, avenue Brochu, Sept-Îles (Québec) G4R 2W6
Phone : 418 962-0808 ou le 1 888 463-0808
Fax : 418 962-6518

Secure hotels

MOTEL / RESTAURANT CHANTMARTIN, Tadoussac

1 800 731-4733
418 235-4733

COMPLEXE HÔTELIER PELCHAT, Les Escoumins

888 225-3463
418 233-2401

HÔTEL MOTEL RESTAURANT CORONET, Sacré Coeur

1 800 550-3123
418 236-9444

TADOUSSAC YOUTH HOSTEL, Tadoussac

418 235-4372