Middle Bay is a very lovely and picturesque community of 200 inhabitants, located on the North Shore of Quebec, as you drive along Route 138, west of Blanc-Sablon.
Middle Bay is one of the three villages of the municipality of Bonne-Esperance. The community is surrounded by rolling hillsides, fronted with a tiny, pristine beach, perfect for a tranquil walk and seashell collecting.
The village is rich in history. Pyrenees fisherman came here to hunt whales as early as the 1500’s. Somewhere between twenty and thirty Basque crew fished cod and harpooned whales in the Strait of Belle Isle near by.
They built seasonal shelters and sheds with red tile roofs to render whale blubber into oil. Barrels were also assembled in the area to transport the oil. Today, the picnic area and boardwalk are located beside the Community Hall of Middle Bay.
Highway 138 goes directly through Middle Bay.