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The White Route of Lower-North-Shore
Credit : Sébastien St-Jean

Winter is the ideal time to discover the Lower North Shore, which is draped in immaculate blue and white. While the maritime service has stopped for the winter period, snowmobilers speed along the waterway with sheer freedom. Maintained and marked by the Ministère des Transport, the Route Blanche is the preferred means for citizens to travel from one village to another. Festivals, sports tournaments and other events are all reasons to say Bonjour, Hello or Kuei when visiting Francophone, Anglophone and Innu villages located along the littoral, which is covered in ice. The Coasters will be thrilled to show you their favorite winter refuges, hidden in the back country where grouse hunting and miraculous ice fishing is just waiting for you!

 

The White trail

The White trail is a snowmobile trail primarily intended for residents of the Basse-Côte-Nord to facilitate their winter travel. It is also the only continuous land link between Natashquan (Pointe-Parent) and Blanc-Sablon. This vast territory, part of which borders the shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is not connected to the rest of Quebec by road. During the winter season, the Ministère des Transports maintains the White Route, a nearly 525 km snowmobile trail between Natashquan (Pointe-Parent) and Blanc-Sablon. Over the winter, the course of the white road may vary depending on obstacles (rivers and lakes) and the weather conditions.

The transport network
Highway 138 leading to the Lower North Shore has stopped at Kegaska since September 26, 2013. In order to serve the populations further east, boats and planes refuel the inhabitants with foodstuffs and other consumer goods. In the summer, the Department of Transport also maintained some sections of road between certain communities, such as Vieux-Fort and Blanc-Sablon. When winter arrives, the White Road takes over the traffic between the villages.

The distance between the villages of the Lower North Shore

  • Kegaska - La Romaine: 57 km
  • La Romaine - Chevery: 100 km
  • Chevery - Harrington Harbour: 16 km
  • Harrington Harbour - Whale Head (gasoline only): 33 km
  • Whale Head - Mutton Bay: 28 km
  • Mutton Bay - La Tabatière: 9 km
  • La Tabatière - Saint-Augustin: 62 km
  • Saint-Augustin - Saint-Paul River: 104 km
  • Rivière-Saint-Paul - Blanc-Sablon: 63 km


Check the Route Blanche trail conditions on the map of Quebec City 511 by checking in the Route Blanche menu.

Some tips
Since the Lower North Shore is a relatively isolated and wild area, it is preferable to prepare well before taking the Route blanche. Since the cellular phone does not work, nothing should be left to chance. It is therefore recommended to travel in groups of at least two snowmobilers and to be accompanied by a rescuer. To plan your trip, visit www.tourismecote-nord.com or call 1-888-463-0808.

If weather conditions deteriorate, travellers have the option of stopping at one of the 21 shelters maintained by the Department. They contain a wood stove and a supply of firewood. Of course, shelters must be used only in the event of an emergency and users must replace the elements used or inform an office of the Ministry of Transport. Food and lodging services, as well as gas stations, are located in most communities along the road.

The essential equipment

  • Spare parts (belt, candle, headlight bulb, etc.)
  • Fire lighters, lighters and matches
  • Candles
  • Metal container
  • Rope (6 metres) 13 mm in diameter
  • Dry food for one day
  • Flashlight Canvas tarpaulin
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Can of gasoline

Some tools

  • Kit provided with snowmobile
  • Knife
  • Shovel
  • Axe or hatchet

Dress properly

  • Put on warm clothes and dry quickly
  • Put on several thin garments instead of one thicker garment
  • Wear waterproof boots
  • Have spare wool stockings, mittens and gloves

In case of failure

  • Always stay in the marked path
  • Choose the shortest route between two camps for a walk
  • Faced with the impossibility of moving, build a shelter with a tarp, make a fire and wait for help. 

 

 

Here is a list of accommodation in the Lower-North-Shore

 

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Association loisir plein air de Fermont Fermont (Québec)
581 444-1172
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Chalets de la Baie Baie-Trinité (Québec)
418-939-2242
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Le Goéland Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-4474
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Le Boréal Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418 589-7835
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Hébergement de la chute Aguanish (Québec)
418 533-2316
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Camping Laurent-Val Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 927-2899
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Hôtel Les Mouettes Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 962-9427
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Auberge La Grande Les Bergeronnes (Québec)
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Auberge de l'Archipel Tête-à-la-Baleine (Québec)
418 242-2917
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Gîte Dupuis Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
418 538-2082
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Residence La Chicoutée Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Québec)
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Motel Le Marinier Les Escoumins (Québec)
418 233-3309
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Chalet du club chasse et pêche de Tadoussac Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
418 235-4723
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Hôtel-Motel Restaurant Coronet Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
418 236-9444
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Les Chalets au bord de la mer Les Escoumins (Québec)
418 233-2213
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Camping ZEC de la rivière-Moisie Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 927-2021
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Hôtel-Motel Hauterive Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418 589-2041
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Camping de la Minganie Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Québec)
418 949-2307
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Complexe Écosphère Estate - Unique Glamping Experience Longue-Rive (Québec)
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Havre du phare Baie-Trinité (Québec)
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Camping Domaine Ensoleillé 2000 Baie-Trinité (Québec)
418 939-2002
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Vacances Minganie Rivière-au-Tonnerre (Québec)
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Domaine de l'ours noir Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
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Motel ChantMartin Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-4733
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Hôtel-Motel La Caravelle Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418 296-4986
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Bardsville Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
418 236-4604
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Camping - Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
418 538-3285
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Entre plaine et mer Baie-Johan-Beetz (Québec)
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Domaine santé nature des Sept-Rivières Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 766-2425
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Hôtel Le Manoir Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418 296-3391
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Motel Maisonnettes des Îles Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Québec)
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Gîte Chez Françoise Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
418 538-3778
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Motel Le Poséïdon Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Québec)
418 949-0080
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Ferme 5 Étoiles Family Vacation Resort - Hébergement insolite Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
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Motel Vent du Nord Fermont (Québec)
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Studio chez Françoise Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
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Chalet Belley Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
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Camping île Grande Basque Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 962-1238
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Gîte Bon matin Longue-Rive (Québec)
418 587-0204
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Auberge Motel Quatre Saisons Blanc-Sablon (Québec)
418 461-2024
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Camping Centre de vacances Ferme 5 Étoiles Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
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Camping Mer et Monde Écotours Les Bergeronnes (Québec)
418 232-6779
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MontFJORD Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
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Studio La Chicoutée Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Québec)
418 949-0030
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Jean's Boarding House Harrington Harbour (Québec)
418 795-3354
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Complexe hôtelier Escoumins Les Escoumins (Québec)
418 233-2401
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Hôtel Boutique Atikuss Uashat (Québec)
418 962-6377
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Bed & Café Petit Papillon Les Bergeronnes (Québec)
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Camping Tadoussac Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-4501
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Havre-Saint-Pierre Municipal Campground Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
418 538-2415
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Ôasis - Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
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Les Nichoirs d'oiseaux géants - Parc Nature | Giant birdhouses Pointe-aux-Outardes (Québec)
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Domaine du Lac-des-Cèdres Longue-Rive (Québec)
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Gîte LaRichardière Godbout (Québec)
418 568-7446
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Camping municipal Chemin Faisant Natashquan (Québec)
418 726-3697
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Camping Manic 2 Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418 296-2810
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La Maison Molson-Beattie Tadoussac (Québec)
514 393-1417
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Hôtel Place Saint-Laurent Baie-Trinité (Québec)
418 939-2148 (en hiver)
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Station Uapishka Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418-296-8514
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Complexe locatif La Familia Rivière-au-Tonnerre (Québec)
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Hôtel Fermont Fermont (Québec)
418 287-5451
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Camping Lac Walker Réserve faunique de Sept-Îles-Port-Cartier Port-Cartier (Québec)
418 766-4743
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Camping Paradis-marin Les Bergeronnes (Québec)
418 232-6237
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Motel Manic 2000 Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418 589-3751
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Camping Parc de la Rive Pointe-aux-Outardes (Québec)
418 567-4021
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Motel de la rivière Sault-au-Mouton Longue-Rive (Québec)
418 231-2214
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Motel 4 Saisons Forestville (Québec)
418 587-6666
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POD cabins and Ready-to-camp Camping Tadoussac Tadoussac (Québec)
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Hôtel Comfort Inn Baie-Comeau Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418 589-8252
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Motel du Vieux Townside Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
418 538-7387
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Auberge de l'île aux Perroquets Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Québec)
418 949-0005
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Motel de l'Énergie (Manicouagan V) Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418 584-2301
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Camping Lac Malfait Baie-Comeau (Québec)
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Camping Le Tipi Essipit (Québec)
418 233-2266
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Auberge Franquelin Franquelin (Québec)
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Camping de la Baie-Verte Forestville (Québec)
418 587-6561
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Hôtel Sous la Croix Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-2022
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Saguenay Fjord National Park (Baie Sainte-Marguerite sector) Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
418-272-1509
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La Maison des Pionniers Port-Cartier (Québec)
514 394-2806
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Auberge Boréale Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
418 538-3912
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Camping Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes Pointe-aux-Outardes (Québec)
418 567-4227
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Condos hôtel Natakam vue sur mer Essipit (Québec)
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Chalets Didoche Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
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Boreal Campground Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418 296-6949
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Motel du Rosier Baie-Comeau (Québec)
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Grand chalet du Lac Vallant Baie-Comeau (Québec)
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Hébergement Réserve faunique Port-Cartier—Sept-Îles Port-Cartier (Québec)
418 766-2524
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Chalet au bord du Fjord-du-Saguenay Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
418 236-4551
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Motel La Relance Chute-aux-Outardes (Québec)
418 567-8557
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Chalets Didoche Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
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Résidence Un air de par ici Natashquan (Québec)
418 654-8791
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Alfred le voisin d'Oscar | Glamping Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
418 571-0533
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Camping Domaine des Dunes Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-4843
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Hôtel Comfort Inn Sept-Îles Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 968-6005
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Chalets du Gîte du Phare de Pointe-des-Monts Baie-Trinité (Québec)
418 939-2332
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Hôtel Travelodge Baie-Comeau Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418 296-9686
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Auberge chez Caro Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
418 236-9371
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Econolodge Forestville (Québec)
418 587-2278
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Le Grand Hôtel Baie-Comeau (Québec)
418 297-6994
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Le Port d'Attache Natashquan (Québec)
418 726-3569
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Motel de l'Anse-à-l'Eau Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-4313
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Domaine du Lac-des-Cèdres Longue-Rive (Québec)
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Motel Le Béluga Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-4784
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Hotel Motel Le Beluga Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-4784
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Camping de la plage Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Québec)
418 949-2302
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Camping Portneuf-sur-Mer Portneuf-sur-Mer (Québec)
4182381056
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Hôtel Sept-Îles Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 962-2581
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Camping de la Mer Pointe-Lebel (Québec)
418 589-6576
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Chalets Domaine des Dunes Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-4843
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Auberge Whiteley Bonne-Espérance (Québec)
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Chalets Zec Matimek Sept-Îles (Québec)
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Le Chalet de la Montagne Tadoussac (Québec)
418 214-0009
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Le Sahara du fleuve Longue-Rive (Québec)
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Camping Bon-Désir Les Bergeronnes (Québec)
418 232-6297
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Canopée Lit Treetop cabins and bubbles Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
418 236-9544
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Godbout ZEC Ready-to-camp Tents Godbout (Québec)
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Tadou-shack Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-1218
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Le Bleuvet Campground - Saguenay Fjord National Park Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
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Hôtel Le Voyageur Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 962-2228
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Hôtel Tadoussac Tadoussac (Québec)
418-235-4421
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Domaine des Dunes Accommodation Tadoussac (Québec)
418-235-4843
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Camping Lavoie S-I Sept-Îles Sept-Îles (Québec)
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oTENTik tents - Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
418 538-3285
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Chez Lucie Les Escoumins (Québec)
418 233-3055
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Camping Relais des Cayes Aguanish (Québec)
418 533-2002
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L'Escale LAM-AIR Rivière-au-Tonnerre (Québec)
418 465-2030
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Village forestier d'Antan de Franquelin | Rustic accommodation Franquelin (Québec)
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Camps familiaux et camp des Jeunes Explos Les Bergeronnes (Québec)
418 232-6249
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En Forêt Ragueneau (Québec)
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Camping du Château Port-Menier (Québec)
418 535-0250
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Camping municipal Le Paradis Port-Cartier (Québec)
418 766-7137
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Château Arnaud Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 960-5511
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Résidence nordique Sept-Îles (Québec)
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Motel la Croisière Les Bergeronnes (Québec)
418 232-6247
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Au domaine en forêt Sept-Îles (Québec)
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Hébergement Copaco Anticosti Port-Menier (Québec)
418 535-0315
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Seduction Côte-Nord-du-Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent (Québec)
418 795-3339
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Hôtel Motel du Havre Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec)
418 538-2800
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Pods Zec Matimek Sept-Îles (Québec)
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Chalets de l'Anse à Jos et Anse à Yves Essipit (Québec)
418 233-2266
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Camping du Fjord Baie-Sainte-Catherine (Québec)
418 237-4230
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Auberge la Rosepierre Les Bergeronnes (Québec)
418 232-6543
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Camping de la Baie Baie-Trinité (Québec)
418 939-2010
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Camping de la Pointe à la Perche Baie-Johan-Beetz (Québec)
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Hôtel Mingan Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 968-2121
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Entre Mer et Montagne Franquelin (Québec)
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Hôtels Gouverneur Sept-Îles Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 962-7071
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Le Petit Hôtel La Passe-Pierre Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-4959
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La Galouïne Auberge Tadoussac (Québec)
418 235-4380
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Ferme maricole Purmer - Yurts Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 960-4915
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Mer et Monde Écotours Ready-to-camp tents & Rustic cabins Les Bergeronnes (Québec)
418 232-6779
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Chalets Shipek Essipit (Québec)
418 233-2266
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Hébergement du Bateau Tadoussac (Québec)
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Condos de la Mer Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Québec)
418 949-2307
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Auberge Mon coin de Pays Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
418 236-4445
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Municipal campground of Sept-Îles Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 962-1238
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Centre de Vacances Ferme 5 Étoiles Sacré-Coeur (Québec)
418 236-4833
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Hôtel Quality Inn Sept-Îles Sept-Îles (Québec)
418 960-5600
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Le Q'artier des Îles Port-Cartier (Québec)
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