La Grande Séduction
From 1263$per person
The package “La Grande Séduction” on the typical and fabulous island of Harrington Harbour (place of shooting of the movie that made many Quebecers laugh, also touched by the visual environment of the place), is currently offered by Voyages CoSte* until September 2, 2022.
Price per person in double occupancy, starting at : $1263 per person double occ. without taxes.
This stay of pure change of scenery includes a round trip flight from a no less famous village, Natashquan, for three nights spent on the Isle of Legends including an almost day (am and pm) in the administrative center of Chevery on the mainland of the Lower North Shore which is reached by a fast ferry that you will use upon arrival. An adventure ride!
The “art of unplugging” from city life if ever there was one, it happens well here: a fishing village founded in 1871 by Newfoundland families who take good care of their island of barely 250 inhabitants, there is no street in Harrington Harbour. Instead, there are wooden sidewalks and pedestrian bridges. An island to explore as the hours go by slowly. Observation of the daily life of a small village that could be in Patagonia in the south of our Americas. But here we are in maritime Boréalie, in our mid-north of Quebec, straddling the fiftieth parallel. On the island, the all-purpose vehicle is the quad to go to the post office, to buy groceries, to go to work at the seafood processing plant and to carry your luggage between the wharf and your lodge where you will be served tasty meals.
* Cooperative of solidarity in fair tourism, your incoming travel agency dedicated to the Minganie & Lower North Shore regions.
As for the village of Chevery, where the airport is located, chief town of the regional municipality regrouping 5 distant localities, it is the most recent agglomeration on the Coast at this latitude. English is generally spoken in these places of pure discovery; it is because we find ourselves, in this unknown part of Québec-maritime, as if we were exploring a typical excrescence of the Great Granite Rock that is Newfoundland. Some French-speaking families are established in Chevery, which will allow you to benefit from a bilingual guide on the continent.
Departures are every Monday from Natashquan, at the very beginning of the day.
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DepartureJune 27 to September 02, 2022
Not IncludedTaxes and feesTipsTravel insurancePersonal expenses
Day 1: Mondays, July 19 and 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2021
Note for the day before your departure: depending on availability* at Natashquan, we can (for a supplement) include dinner and overnight stay from Sunday to Monday am, the day of your departure by plane. Otherwise, you will have to leave early from your lodging, previously booked in Rivière-au-Tonnerre (base of our cooperative agency), in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan or in Havre-Saint-Pierre (always according to availability) to be at the Natashquan airport at 9am at the latest. If you stayed the day before in Rivière-au-Tonnerre, calculate a 3-hour drive (so departure at 6am). Otherwise, you should allow 115 minutes (from Havre-Saint-Pierre) to 140 minutes (from Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan) and make sure you have the road CD or the USB road key "Sur la route de Natashquan" to enhance your audio tour. There is no cell phone service on the road, except between Mingan (Ekuanitshit) and a few kilometers after Havre-Saint-Pierre. This being noted, here is your program from Natashquan.
Your departure from Natashquan on Air Liaison is scheduled for 9:50 am. You should arrive at the local terminal one hour before your departure time. Your car will be waiting for you in the parking lot adjacent to the airport (the time you will be in the Lower North Shore as you are leaving this morning the Middle North Shore, more precisely, the Minganie region, to literally go "down" the Gulf of St. Lawrence).
Your flight takes you over the pretty little village of Kegaska (end of route 138 since 2013) and the village of Romaine (Innu community of Unamen Shipu, the most populous east of Sept-Îles, Uashat mak Mani-Utenam). You land in Chevery in time for lunch. You will take a local cab to transfer to the ferry from Chevery to Harrington Harbour Island. Ferry time can vary between 45 to 75 minutes depending on sailing conditions. From this moment on, a different pace of life awaits you as you step onto the Harrington dock. Your hostess, owner of the lodge where you will stay for the next three nights, is waiting for you. Once settled in, you will have the time to orient yourself in the typical village and to integrate gently into your new environment.
Around the dinner table, at supper time, you will have the opportunity to be served a hearty meal (included) of fresh seafood from the local seafood processing cooperative; a cooperative you will have the chance to visit during your stay. You are definitely in a maritime environment and in a town that lives by fishing.
After dinner, a short walk (maybe?) at the end of this day of travel followed by a good and peaceful night of rest.
* The availability of lodging in Natashquan cannot be guaranteed due to an overcrowding of the tourist clientele compared to the available lodging in the summer season 2021. We will check for you.
Day 2: Explore your host village, Harrington Harbour.
Back at your lodge, in good weather, a picnic basket (included) with local flavors will have been prepared for you to climb the island (note that the difference in altitude is accessible to most walkers) to enjoy the view of the Archipelago surrounding your place of stay.
Late afternoon and evening free. If, at dinner (included), you find yourself at the table with "coasters" (people from the Lower Shore), your questions will normally be followed by interesting answers about life in this region that is not only remote but also isolated from the Quebec road network. You will also learn about the ties that bind these people to Newfoundland, including the small town of Saint-Anthony.
Day 3: An escape of a few hours in Chevery, on the mainland.
After breakfast at your cottage on the island, which you will have had time to get used to, you will board the ferry Les Eaux scintillantes (we hope they will sparkle for you that morning...) to discover the youngest village of the Lower North Shore established on a sandy point; a village considered an administrative center for the region, where life is good.
From Cross River (Rivière-à-la Croix) to the Nétagamiou River (in Innu Nutuakamiu meaning "river widening to form a large basin of calm water"), you will discover the natural beauties of this beautiful part of the country where the notion of time is not the same since we live in the rhythm of the seasons. In fact, depending on the season, you will be able to pick the small fruits native to the region (red seeds or Ida's vine cranberry, cloudberry or Chicoutai and wild blueberries). After your hike up the trail to see the 15-meter high waterfall and your picking, you will enjoy a lunch (schedule to be determined on the day depending on weather conditions) and hear your guide tell you a bit of history and about the way of life of the Chevery residents. You will be escorted back to the boat landing to return to Harrington Island where you will spend your last evening and night. Evening meal served at your lodge.
Day 4: Return day to Natashquan
Let us mention, among others, the tourist reception center, the church, the old school, the heritage site of the family of the poet and national chansonnier, the café on the beach and the restaurant on the Petite Natashquan River for your meals. Possible contacts with representatives of the Innu community of Nutashkuan. Your vehicle will be waiting for you near the airport terminal. You are 1.5 hours away from Havre-Saint-Pierre, a little more than 2 hours from Longue-Pointe-Mingan (two places from which cruises to the Mingan Archipelago Natural Park Reserve depart in good weather). The city of Sept-Iles is 4 hours away.