Currently, there are more people from the younger generations who have hostel-hopped and backpacked through Europe than ever before, so there’s no doubt about it – traveling is in! From South America to Africa to Asia, Canadians have been making their way all over the globe. Yet with all this travel going on, we started wondering how many of us have even explored our own province? Partnering with travel blogger Pamela McNaughtan, we decided to hit the road in a Ford Escape to Côte-Nord to admire the beauty right in our own backyard!
Côte-Nord: Change of Scenery
Whenever Côte-Nord was mentioned, I had always imagined pine trees, long stretches of roads and plenty of moose. However, I soon realized how much my stereotyped vision of the province was. OK, so I was right about the endless trees and winding roads en route to Côte-Nord along the 138, but I was surprised to see a series of delightful towns and fishing villages, a multitude of parks and outdoor activities, and a stunning scenic view of the St. Lawrence.
With its beautiful white and red church, historic cemetery, and breathtaking view of the river, Tadoussac is at the top of our must-see list.
Les Escoumins is also a great place to stop and take a look at the bay and its illuminated cross. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset before hitting the road to Baie-Comeau.
Once you get to Baie-Comeau, Place LaSalle is definitely worth a look. You won’t be able to resist the appeal of the beautiful street and the charming shops. If you’re a vintage lover, you’ll be in heaven at Galerie d’art Claude Bonneau.
In Port-Cartier, the William Kennedy rest area provides a scenic backdrop to savour a picnic while enjoying the soothing sound of the waterfalls.
Finally, it’s impossible to miss the Mingan Islands. This unexpected paradise allows you to enjoy a ready-to-camp experience on Quarry Island in one of Parks Canada’s unique oTENTik facilities!
Want to learn more about Côte-Nord? Check out Pamela’s video on the whole experience. What Quebec region have you visited? Share your stories with us in the space below or on Facebook!