The creation of CoSte is the result of a discussion between local people.
During a forum in 2006 in Natashquan, it was decided that a cooperative approach would not only benefit both the region and travelers.
The cooperative was created in 2009 after three years of study, market research and assorted tours across the territory and as a result of encouragement from the institutions in place, elected representatives and Tourisme Québec.
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 benefited 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.
This initiative is based on a business model that has the potential to lead to collective responsible development and management for all of Northern Quebec.
Many Canadian travel agencies see Voyages Coste as leading the way to a respectful and original way to showcase a relatively unknown, somewhat inaccessible territory. If not for Voyages Coste, the travel possibilities in the region would be very limited and less focused on the unique experience of experiential tourism.