Île Quarry dans l’archipel de Mingan, Duplessis © É. Marchand

Duplessis

Looking for a great escape? Côte-Nord–Duplessis is a region of majestic proportions. Amidst the immensity of the river and mountains, eastern Côte‑Nord will take your breath away with its views of the Mingan Archipelago, Anticosti Island and the Lower North Shore. Hunting and fishing buffs: adventure awaits you!

Location and access

Sept-Îles is 645 km northeast of Québec City on Route 138, which hugs the coastline to Kegaska, 45 km from Natashquan. For a 400-km stretch, a combined cargo and passenger ship serves the villages of the Basse-Côte-Nord as far as Blanc-Sablon, a community accessible by highway from Labrador and by ferry from Newfoundland. Fermont, in the region’s north, connects to Baie-Comeau (570 km) via Route 389.

Salmon fishing © Tourisme Port-Cartier/J. Bélanger
Whale watching © C. Cloutier
Vauréal falls in the Parc national d’Anticosti © M. Malherbe
Baie de la Tour in the Parc national d’Anticosti © M. Deslongchamps
One-of-a-kind stay on Île aux Perroquets in the Mingan Archipelago © Optik 360

Those who love nature and wide open spaces will be rewarded in Duplessis with magnificent panoramas the entire length of its 900‑km (560‑mi.) coastline. Some of the region’s highlights include the mighty Gulf of St. Lawrence, whales, the mythical Mingan Archipelago, seaside villages and fine-sand beaches. Photographers, grab your cameras! You’re sure to be captivated by our scenery and northern lights.

Also enjoy the diversity of our region’s offering: the beaches of Port‑Cartier, city life in Sept‑Îles, the gargantuan hydroelectric projects in Fermont (via Route 389), the large concentration of white‑tailed deer on Anticosti Island, and the down-to-earth villages of the Lower North Shore. The numerous outfitters dotting the territory have everything to please hunting and fishing enthusiasts.

The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada protects a string of limestone islands, the site of mythical monoliths. The Park protects some 1,000 islands and islets along a 150‑km (93‑mi.) stretch of coast from Longue‑Pointe‑de‑Mingan to the mouth of Rivière Aguanish.

In 2008, the Côte‑Nord region established a gourmet route boasting over 30 attractions and restaurants in the area that offer diverse flavourful products. By taking the gourmet route from the Fjord du Saguenay to Natashquan, you’ll sample local products and meet the people who bring these creations to life. For those always on the hunt for something new and different, you’ll enjoy discovering Aboriginal delicacies, fresh seafood dishes and the culinary specialties of the region’s chefs.

Along the way, you’ll find unique shops, inns and restaurants that stand out for their authentic local cuisine. Get swept up in all the mouth‑watering goodness of the butchers, fish mongers, sweet shops and fine food stores. Food lovers take note: you won’t be disappointed!

The cloudberry is a small, delicious fruit that’s primarily found in Côte‑Nord and other Nordic regions around the world. The berry is used to make desserts, liqueurs and jams. Its original French name, plaquebière, means “beaver food.”

The northern coastal area of Duplessis offers myriad recreational, sports and outdoor activities. Here, you’ll enjoy some 40 specialized hunting and fishing outfitters, numerous campgrounds and cottages, not to mention the Anticosti Island and Port‑Cartier‑Sept‑Îles wildlife reserves. Enjoy nature to the fullest on the region’s hiking trails and at its attractions and outdoor activity centres.

Côte‑Nord is also notable for the vast number of fine-sand beaches that line its shores. The numerous bays and coves make this ideal kayaking country. 

The Réserve faunique de Port‑Cartier‑Sept‑Îles covers 6,423 km2 (2,480 sq. mi.) and boasts 15 rivers and over 100 accessible lakes. The wildlife in its midst include the moose, black bear, wolf, lynx and many other species you’ll delight in photographing on your excursions.

Winter in Côte‑Nord is grandiose and offers a variety of fun activities such as snowmobiling. Much to the delight of snowmobiling fans, the region has over 600 km (375 mi.) of trails.

For skiers and snowboarders, the Station récréotouristique de Gallix ski resort has 22 ski runs and four tube‑sliding runs. Breathtaking scenery on par with Antarctica’s blue ice is yours to take in all along the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Festival des hivernants in Sept‑Îles and the Taïga Carnaval northern lights festival in Fermont serve up plenty of winter cheer with their numerous activities and shows to please everyone.

The Lower North Shore, which is not connected to the Québec road network, becomes easily accessible in winter thanks to the Route Blanche snowmobile trail. The approximately 460‑km (280-mi.) trail passes through 14 fishing villages, including Harrington Harbour.