The Cote-Nord’s interior is blessed with thousands of rivers and lakes. One of the most important is the Magpie River, world-renowned among white water paddling enthusiasts.
But visitors can discover the fascinating world of the black bear, moose, caribou, wolf, wolverine, beaver and many other animals deep in a wild and untouched wilderness.
Tourists can observe the wild nature in complete safety thanks to the know-how of professional guides. Don’t forget the Anticosti Island, where the Anticosti National Park presents nature at its best and most unusual: canyons, cliffs, fossils and crystal-clear waters.
The Anticosti National park is 3000 square miles (8,000 square kilometres) vast, thus it is 2 ½ times larger than the total surface of Rhode Island. Only about 300 people live on Anticosti Island, as well as about 130,000 white-tailed deer. On the Cote-Nord, travellers arrive in Natashquan, Lower Northern Shore; they have reached the end of the road of Quebec. From there the Relais Nordik boat or a plane can take you to Harrington Harbour, Tete-a-la-Baleine or Blanc-Sablon. The French navigator Jacques Cartier called theses regions “land of many isles” because of their sheer number.
The Lower Northern Shore is made up of over a dozen villages. Population of some of them is Anglophone; in some others live French Canadians. A few are populated by the Innu, an Aboriginal people who can speak both English and French, besides their own languages.
Anyway, a journey deep into the Northern Shore is a unique cultural adventure people must experience to truly understand what the meaning of life is.