Cote Nord Attractions
The Côte Nord stretches along the left bank of the St Lawrence River between Saguenay and the Belle-Île Straits. Because of its relatively unspoiled hinterland with extensive coniferous forests and numerous rivers North Shore - especially Sept-Îles - is an ideal setting-out point for walkers, anglers and hunters.
Blanc-Sablon is a small town known for being the most earsterly town in Quebec and is serviced by ferry from Rimousky and Sept-Îles.The road for vehicular traffic ends in Havre-St-Pierre, the region further north being accessible by ferry. The firm of Relais Nordik provides a ferry-service from Rimouski, Sept-Îles, Port-Menier and Havre-St-Pierre between early April and the end of September.
Founded in 1958, the fast-expanding town of Port-Cartier has the second most important harbor, after that of Sept-Îles, for the export of the iron-ore mined in Nouveau Québec and Labrador.
Mingan National Park, Canada
Mingan is a little fishing port on the Détroit Jacques Cartier (Jacques Cartier Strait). In Ste-Geneviève Bay, near the coast between Mingan and Havre-St-Pierre, lies a string of forty islands, the Îles de Mingan. This archipelago is a National Park and a paradise for birds.Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada is most noteworthy for the limestone islands and granitic islets. Rock spires have been created by erosion, making the whole are incredibly scenic.
Since 1975 Anticosti Island has been under the control of the Ministry of Tourism, Hunting and Fishing in Québec. Discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1534, the island has a population of only 300 or so. The climate is damp and cold and the island often disappears under a mantle of thick fog.Anyone wishing to wander on the island needs a permit from the above-mentioned ministry.
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