Route 138 – 1730 km (1075 mi.)
As you travel across the Côte-Nord region from Tadoussac to Kegaska, you will be riding along waters that are home to 13 species of whales. Meandering Route 138 will take you across rushing rivers and offers many stunning views. If you are looking for an unusual adventure, hop on a supply ship from Natashquan to Blanc–Sablon or head north on Route 389 to through Labrador, Newfoundland and the Maritimes.
What not to miss: The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, whale-watching cruises, Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay, Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre, Chauvin Trading Post, Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre at Tadoussac; the Marine Environment Discovery Centre, whale-watching cruises, black bear watching at Les Escoumins; the Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes, St-Pancrace microbrewery, Manic-2 and Manic-5 dams at Baie-Comeau and over 400 twists and turns along Route 389 to Labrador; the Sept-Îles Archipelago, Vieux-Poste de Sept-Îles (Old Trading Post) at Sept-Îles; the impressive Manitou Falls (35 m / 115 ft), Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve and Les Galets heritage site at Kegaska.
Looking for a unique getaway? Board the Bella Desgagnés, a supply ship operated by Relais Nordik, and visit the remote English-speaking, French-speaking and Innu villages of the Lower North Shore. From Blanc-Sablon, you can return aboard the ship or, set off to Labrador on Route 510 or take the ferry to St. Barbe, Newfoundland.
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MORE INFO: www.quebecbythesea.ca/Whale
Places to Eat, Stay & Play
RIOTEL Seaside Hotels – 3 locations around the Gaspé Peninsula – 1-888-GASPESIE
Matane • Bonaventure • Percé , Quebec; www.riotel.com
Cruise & Ferry Services
Relais Nordik Inc. Sail on Bella Desgagnés- 1-800-463-0680
Sails to: Anticosti Island, Lower North Shore, Quebec; www.relaisnordik.com
Cross to the other side of the St. Lawrence, panoramic views traversiers.com
From Gaspésie to Cote-Nord: Matane • Baie-Comeau • Godbout, Quebec