Exploring the Côte-Nord off the beaten track
Par Laurie Labbé
In Quebec, it is well know that summer is the best season to go on a roadtrip! Are you looking for a new destination to feel both disoriented and amazed? I suggest you explore the Côte-Nord, a region in eastern Quebec which covers an immense territory and whose wild landscapes will amaze you. The Côte Nord is so much more than Route 138 and here is why!
The beaches of Sept-Îles
Wherever you go along the the shore of Sept-Îles, you can surely find a wonderful beach to lay your feet in the sand. On Grande Basque Island, well-groomed trails will lead you to several beaches and spectacular viewpoints. In the Sept-Îles beach sector, on the mainland, my favorite beach is called Monaghan beach. From there, you can see very clearly several islands of the archipelago. The most amazing part in all of this? You will probably have several kilometers of beach to enjoy all by yourself!
Port-Cartier-Sept-Îles Wildlife Reserve (Lake Walker)
This reserve is without a doubt a must-see for any outdoor enthusiast. The landscapes and the variety of activities available in this reserve will make you want to stay there for several days. Whether you choose to pitch your tent or book a ready-to-camp site from Sépaq, you will have access to water activities in a splendid fjord and to hiking trails in the heart of luxurious vegetation unique to the Côte- North. You can even walk through birch and evergreen forests while harvesting your own Labrador tea!
The Cap Ferré trail in Havre-Saint-Pierre
To complete your roadtrip on the Côte-Nord, you will probably visit the pretty town of Havre-Saint-Pierre, which is the starting point for many excursions to the Mingan Islands (which are certainly worth the detour!). I encourage you to continue your journey a few kilometers further to get to the Cap Ferré trail where you will be able to enjoy an easy hike that will lead you to incredible iron-red rock formations contrasting with the blue ocean!
JI hope you will make wonderful discoveries on the Côte-Nord during your next roadtrip!
Do you want to go on more adventures off the beaten track in Canada or internationally? I offer small group organized trips with my travel agency called Yulgo Travels! Please feel free to check out my website www.yulgotravels.com or my Facebook page @Yulgo Travels. See you soon!