CoSte is the result of a discussion between local people.
It all began in 2006, in Natashquan, home of the well-known poet Gilles Vigneault. During a forum, it was decided that a cooperative approach would not only benefit the region, but travellers too.
Greatly encouraged by the institutions in place, elected representatives, and Tourisme Québec, the cooperative was created in 2009 after three years of studies, market research and assorted tours across the territory.
Prizes and acknowledgements
Voyages Coste received the award for the 2012 regional portion of the Grand Prix du Tourisme Québécois;
Voyages Coste received the Bronze award for Touristic services for the national 2012 Grand Prix du Tourisme Québécois;
Voyages Coste is supported by the Province of Quebec’s Ministère du Tourisme, and Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation. It also benefitted greatly from the help of the Minganie and Lower North Shore CLDs (Centre local de développement), the North Shore CRÉ (Conférence régionale des élus), and Emploi-Québec.
Everyone sees in this initiative a business model that could, eventually, lead to collective responsible development and management for the whole of Northern Quebec.
Meanwhile, many Canadian travel agencies see Voyages Coste as leading the way to a respectful and original way to showcase a lesser-known, lesser-accessible territory. They recognize that, were it not for Voyages Coste, the travel possibilities in the region might be more worrisome, and less focused on the experience of meeting with locals during their stay, answering to the growing trend of experiential tourism.