Access to the Côte-Nord
Credit : Sébastien St-Jean

Côte-Nord region is easily accessible by the Road 138, Road 172 or Road 389, by boat or aircraft.


By road:

If you are from Montreal or from Quebec, set off 138 in east direction. Cross the region of Charlevoix.To Baie-Sainte-Catherine, take the ferry, which offers the service free of charge all year long, 24 hours a day. A regular schedule is offered every 20 minutes in the daytime, every 40 minutes in the evening and every hour harm. Ten minutes are enough for arriving at Tadoussac, front door of the region Côte-Nord. From Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, take Route 172 South via the Dubuc Bridge, towards St-Fulgence, heading to Sacré-Cœur and Tadoussac, for a distance of approximately 110 kilometers.For information, communicate with the Société des traversiers du Québec at : 1 877.787.7483, or at www.traversiers.com.


By bus:

Bus service between Québec City and Havre-Saint-Pierre via all major towns. Bus charters departing from Côte-Nord. Sept-Îles Station, 126 rue Mgr-Blanche. Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.


By air:

Baie-Comeau Airport

Located in Pointe-Lebel, only 10 minutes from Baie-Comeau, this airport serves a number of airlines that will be pleased to fly you to Côte-Nord, including Air Liaison, Air Canada Jazz, and Pascan Aviation. 418 589-8285 | 418 589-9177 | 418 589-9133 - aeroport.adm@mrcmanicouagan.qc.ca.

Pascan Aviation

Pascan Aviation has a fleet of 23 turboprop aircraft, of which 17 fly daily to 17 regional destinations in QUébec and Labrador. Pascan Aviation offers sameday return flights to Abitibi, Saguenay, Côte-Nord, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and Gatineau from the airports of Saint-Hubert, Québec City, Sept-Îles and Baie-Comeau. Flight schedules are available online. www.pascan.com.

Provincial Airlines

Sept-Îles G4R 4K2
418 962-1222 • 1 866 962-0380 • provincialairlines.com

Provincial Airlines (PAL) has been in operation for over 37 years and is a proud partner of Innu Mikun Airlines. PAL offers direct flights from Sept-Îles to Montréal with convenient schedules. The company is known for superior client service featuring friendly staff, free meals and beverages, hot towel service, children's activity kits, business rates, newspapers, magazines, and comfortable leather seats. PAL also offers regular and charter flights throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.


By boat:

Matane - Baie-Comeau - Godbout Ferry
Baie-Comeau, 14 route Maritime G4Z 2L6
Godbout, 117 rue Pascal-Comeau G0H 1G0 (Closed temporary Summer 2015)
Matane, 1410 rue de Matane-sur-Mer G4W 3M6
1 877 562-6560 • traversiers.com

This ferry service runs between Matane on the Gaspé Pensinsula and Baie-Comeau or Godbout in Côte-Nord. Schedule: Year-round; 2 to 6 crossings per day, depending on the season. Average length: 2 hr. 20 min. Rates: Visit the website for rates. Reservations recommended for vehicles and groups of 15 or more.

Tadoussac-Baie-Sainte-Catherine Ferry
Tadoussac, 98 route du Bateau-Passeur G0T 2A0 • 1 877 787-7483 (ext. 3) • traversiers.com
The Tadoussac-Baie-Sainte-Catherine ferry on Route 138 links the Charlevoix region with Côte-Nord. The free 10-minute crossing gives you time to relax on deck and breathe the bracing sea air before continuing your journey. It's a unique opportunity to admire the majestic Saguenay Fjord and the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, located in the biggest estuary in the world. Schedule: Year-round. Departures: Every 13 or 20 minutes during the day; every 40 or 60 minutes in the evening and at night. Length: 10 minutes. Rates: Free.

Compagnie de navigation des Basques
1 877 851-4677 • traversiercnb.ca
This ferry service runs between Trois-Pistoles on the south shore of the St. Lawrence and Les Escoumins in Côte-Nord. Enjoy a safe crossing aboard the L'Héritage I. You might even spot a few whales on the way. In 2013, the company celebrated its 100th anniversary. Schedule: May to October. Average length: 90 minutes. Rates: Reserve by phone or online.


Lower-North-Shore - Relais Nordik
418 723-8787 • 1 800 463-0680 • relaisnordik.com
From mid-April to mid-January, Relais Nordik Inc. offers weekly passenger and cargo service to the Lower North Shore. Passengers can board the vessel at various ports of call, including Rimouski, Sept-Îles, and Blanc-Sablon, for an authentic North Shore adventure. The ship makes stopovers at six remote villages: Kegaska, La Romaine, Harrington Harbour, Tête-à-la-Baleine, La Tabatière, and Saint-Augustin, and also serves Anticosti Island (Port-Menier). One-way (upstream or downstream) and roundtrip tickets are available and there is also space in the cargo section for vehicles (upstream or downstream). Connections are possible via regional air services. During the tourist season, reservations are required for passengers and vehicles (up to 90 days in advance for trips east of Natashquan and 30 days for Anticosti Island). The carrier accepts no-obligation pre-bookings beginning November 15 of the year preceding passage.

Harrington Harbour-Chevery Ferry
1 877 787-7483 • traversiers.com
Visitors aboard the M/V Les Eaux Scintillantes will fall in love with this region when sailing to Harrington Island, where the Québec movie La Grande Séduction (Seducing Dr. Lewis) was filmed. Schedule: April to November, 4 to 16 crossings per day, depending on the schedule. Length: 30 minutes. Rates: Free.

Saint-Augustin River Ferry
418 947-2027 | traversiers.com

The Esprit-de-Pakuashipi, the only hovercraft of its kind in Québec, links the communities of Pakuashipi and Saint-Augustin. This amphibious vehicule can carry up to 16 passengers and offers a safe, comfortable ride. Schedule: Year-round, except when "La Route Blanche" (the White trail) is open. Departures: 8 to 20 departures per day, depending on the schedule. Lenght: 10 minutes. Rates: Free.

À la carte Packages

Voyages CoSte (Cooperative for a Sustainable Tourism Environment)

22 rue de l'Église, Rivière-au-Tonnerre
418 465-2002, 1 877 573-2678 - voyagescoste.ca

Voyages CoSte, a community-based cooperative focussed on sustainable tourism, is a brick-andmortar travel agency that offers tourist packages and products in the North Shore, mainly in Minganie, Île d'Anticosti and in the Lower North Shore. From Tadoussac to Labrador, it offers the very best of this vast region. Enjoy a unique and authentic experience and contribute to the growth of local communities (French, English, and Innu) by encouraging fair, responsible, and sustainable tourism. Our wide range of services includes flight and cruise reservations as well as customized packages or individual products.

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