Quebec's Lower North Shore is a great place to camp and explore nature. But it can have a great night life too!
Many of the settlements in the Base Cote Nord are small and remote with no roads; However, many of them do have a bar, even two. Restaurants and Bars exist in almost all communities on the Base Cote Nord. For example:
Pakuashipi on the St. Augustine River (population approx. 200) has the Resto P-K . A great place for orange and grape pop and burgers and chips. Be prepared, The Ritz it is not.
When we were at the Resto P-K , the persons serving us spoke Innu. Hardly any french and less english. They were all very friendly and accomodating. However, They asked, in French, why we would come to Pakuashipi and the Resto P-K. Tourists are rare in Pakuashipi.
The Village of St. Augustine (Population approx. 300) has a bar and a couple of nice clean reasonable restaurants.
Harrington Harbour ( Population approx. 400) has Rowsell's restaurant, they serve liquor.
There are bars and restaurants in the small fishing village of La Tabatier. And Lourdes-Blanc-Sablon ( Population approx. 1800) has a number of clubs including The Blue Moon Disco.
The people lounging around these small bars and restaurants are young, well dressed and surprisingly good looking. Base Cote Nord girls are pretty.
Favorite Dish: Be prepared for pizza, fish and chips, hamburgers and poutine.
Quebec's Lower North Shore is a great place to camp and explore nature. But it has a night life too!.
Many of the settlements in the Base Cote Nord do not have roads; However, many of them do have a bar, even two. Restaurants and Bars exist in almost all communities on the Base Cote Nord. For example;
Pakuashipi ( Population approx. 200) has the P-K Diner.
Harrington Harbour ( Population approx. 400) has Rowsell's restaurant.
Lourdes-Blanc-Sablon ( Population approx. 1800) has a number of clubs including The Blue Moon Disco.
Dress Code: No Dress Code
Along the Base Cote Nord and the Labrador Coast the visitor can find old ship wrecks, abandoned Basque fishing stations, an ancient Maritime Archaic burial plot, light houses etc.
There is a road from Sept Isles to Kegaska. And a road from Lourde-Blanc-Sablon to Vieux Fort. However, many of the Base Cote Nord communities have no road: Baie Mutton, St. Augustin and Whale Head are among them. There are regular cargo and passenger services that run from Sept Isles to Blanc-Sablon.
Blanc Sablon is the terminous for two ferry services. The Newfoundland/Quebec Run and the Base Cote Nord run. Both ferry services can accomodate cars.
This writer suggests the Lourdes-Blanc-Sablon's celebrations for Quebec's National holiday Fete de St. Jean; There is a huge bonfire on the Brador beach. People gather from all up and down the Coast. Young people frolic and party until dawn in the light of the bonfire and the shelter of the sand dunes; it is a must see for anyone in the area on the June 21 weekend.
Harrington Harbour, St. Paul's River, St. Augustine, and the other communities are all typically small and homogenous. The people are friendly and curious. Many of the communities have a bar or liquor store.
If you do intend to visit the Base Cote Nord, bring a heavy sweater and a rain jacket.