Lower North Shore

Lower North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (Basse-Cote-Nord in French) is a vast beautiful region located in the North Shore region of Quebec. Going to the Lower North Shore, keep in mind that winds can be strong there, so be sure to bring wind-breakers and other warm clothing to ward off the chills.

Temperatures on the Lower North Shore occasionally exceed 18°C in June, July, or August, but they usually hover around 13°C. Visitors can see patches of snow onshore and icebergs offshore even in June. Besides, insect repellent to keep mosquitoes and black flies at bay is a must.

There are five municipalities here. Each one is composed of a number of villages:

  • Municipality of Cote-Nord-du-Golfe-Saint-Laurent – Aymler Sound (this village will has been closed), Chevery, Hurrington Harbour, Kegaska, La Romaine and Tete-a-la-Baleine);
  • Municipality of Gros-Mécatina, which consists of Mutton Bay and La Tabatiere; Municipality de Saint-Augustin – only one village of St. Augustine;
  • Municipality of Bonne-Esperance - Old Fort Bay, St. Paul's River and Middle Bay;
  • Municipality of Blanc-Sablon - Brador, Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon and Blanc Sablon.

Visitors seeking detailed information about a particular village should ask the municipal office how to contact the relevant municipal committee. Note than English is the most commonly spoken language on the Lower North Shore. They speak only English in twelve of the sixteen villages.

The regional dialect reflects the Newfoundland roots of many of the inhabitants. French is spoken in the La Romaine village, as well as in Tete-a-la-Baleine. Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon village is bilingual. The Montagnais language is spoken at the aboriginal Reserve of La Romaine and in Pakua Shipi. Well, federal government employees are expected to speak both French and English languages. A few villages have small hotels or motels.

All have established bed-and-breakfast accommodations. In every village tourists will find friendly families willing to invite guests. Most villages of Lower North Shore have at least one restaurant and bar.

However, some are open only on weekends or only in the evening.

Take-out service only is very expanded.

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