Treats of the sea, adventure and the great outdoors await you in Côte-Nord

Destinations to explore, May 27, 2024 2024-05-27
Car on a scenic road in Côte-Nord. © PRÊTS pour la route

With its fragrant sea breeze, idyllic coastal landscapes, magnificent views of the St. Lawrence River and welcoming villages, Côte-Nord is a region that invites you to combine gourmet pleasures, nature and adventure for your vacation. What would you say to savouring fresh oysters, discovering diverse wildlife, paddling in one of the world's best whale-watching spots or even spending the night in a birdhouse? This fabulous region has no end in sight when it comes to surprises for you! Here are three ideas to add to your trip to enjoy it to the fullest.

The Ferme Manowin oyster farm.
Photo credit: Ferme Manowin

Taste succulent oysters on beautiful Anticosti Island

Approximately 17 km west of Port-Menier, you'll discover the Manowin Oyster Farm, which specializes in breeding American oysters. The type of technology employed in this farm is unique in Quebec, and represents the fruit of three years of experimentation. In collaboration with the Sépaq network of national parks, the farm offers a guided tour to learn more about oyster farming and the history of the ancient village of l'Anse-aux-Fraises, where the farm is located. What's more, this discovery-filled activity concludes with an oyster tasting and a delicious glass of sparkling wine!

Discover the wonderful biodiversity of the region

Need to fill up on fresh air? Explore the Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes (website available in French only) home to incredibly rich ecosystems. The park features superb trails, observation towers and interpretive activities, from astronomy to berry-picking, that are open to all. You'll also love the garden, where everything has been designed to create a balance between plant and animal species. If you want to stay in this wonderful place longer, why not stay in one of the ready-to-camp units that resemble huge birdhouses? Comfortable and beautifully appointed, these birdhouses are inspired by the different species that can be seen in the park.

Paddle in symbiosis with nature on the river and the fjord

Vacances Essipit invites you on a sea-kayaking adventure to contemplate the immensity of the landscape and exceptional marine wildlife. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, Vacances Essipit offers a wide range of expeditions that are sure to please departing from either Tadoussac or Les Bergeronnes. You could, for example, choose an activity around sunrise or a night outing to observe the phenomenon of bioluminescence. Each expedition is exhilarating and promises to be an emotional experience. Just think of the indescribable sensation of a whale gently breathing at the surface as you paddle gently through its habitat... It's breathtaking!

Cruise ship in Tadoussac.
Photo credit: Marc Loiselle

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