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Voyages Coste / Spectacular Icebergs on the Lower North Shore

Spectacular Icebergs on the Lower North Shore

2289$

per person

This exclusive “trip of a lifetime” offered by Voyages CoSte takes you to the edge of the eastern border of Quebec, the end of the North-Shore of the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence.

  • Thursday to Monday
  • 4 nights/5 days, 2 options available

Return flights between Montreal or Quebec and Blanc-Sablon

This exclusive “trip of a lifetime” offered by Voyages CoSte, takes you to the edge of the eastern border of Quebec, the end of the North-Shore of the Gulf of the Saint-Lawrence.

A true initiation to the “other Quebec”: that of a maritime way of life that was established thanks to the resilience of settlers and fishermen from “upstream” of the Saint-Lawrence, France, the Island of Jersey, the Basque country, Norway and Iceland, and more recently, from Newfoundland.

After passing over the Saint-Lawrence and the hundreds of kilometres of Lower-North-Shore coastline (seen from above, the landscape looks like lace, composed of rock and lichen that the rest of the boreal forest adheres to, sprinkled with lakes and rivers and a multitude of islands that characterize the outskirts of this remote region of Quebec), your plane sets down on the tarmac of Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon (with stops in Wabush and Goose Bay): mythical village because of the distance that once separated it from the large urban centres.

Here is where your experience begins, the place Jacques Cartier labelled as the “the land that God gave to Cain”. However, nothing could be further from the truth!

In Blanc-Sablon, and the neighbouring communities that make up the municipality of Bonne-Esperance, a regional lifestyle has clearly been organized with services that only the resilience of the early pioneers and the vitality of the people can explain.

We are at the border of Labrador, which you will have a chance to discover after you have traveled along the last section of road 138 to Vieux Fort. Everything here tends to emerge from the fabulous history of great hunting and fishing expeditions that have occurred through the centuries.

You’ll hear residents speaking French and English, some of them are of Inuit descent: differences within a community of sharing established over more than two hundred kilometres of coastline that you will leave momentarily to go see the icebergs that linger on their way through the Straits of Belle-Isle.

Option 1

available from May to July 2017

starting at $2289 / person

Option 2

available in June and July 2017

starting at $3029 / person

The tour package includes :

Return flights between Montreal or Quebec and Blanc-Sablon with Provincial Airlines

Lodging for 4 nights in an Inn, Hotel or B&B

5 meals: 4 breakfasts and 1 dinner (Aqua Labadie)

Rental of an intermediate sized vehicle or a minivan for the duration of the trip. If you are traveling further than Red Bay, it is mandatory that you take a pickup truck because of the gravel roads past this point

All the visits indicated in the program, except those that are optional

The meetings with the “Coasters”

All taxes (GST & QST), tax on lodging and FICAV (0.1%), where applicable

The tour package includes :

Return flights between Montreal or Quebec and Blanc-Sablon with Provincial Airlines

Lodging for 3 night in an Inn, Hotel or B&B and one night’s lodging in Battle Harbour

7 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch (Battle Harbour) and 2 dinners (Battle Harbour and Aqua Labadie)

The pick-up truck rental for the duration of your stay

The admission fees to the sites of Battle Harbour and Red Bay

All of the visits indicated in the program, except those that are optional

The meetings with the “Coasters”

All taxes (GST & QST), tax on lodging and FICAV (0.1%), where applicable

The tour package does not include :

Car insurance, tire management fees, gas, registration and $0.20 per kilometre for the rental vehicle

The meals, excursions or visits not indicated in the program

The wine and beverages during meals

Gratuities

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Baggage handling

A 20$ contribution in support of the Cooperative for a Sustainable Tourism Environment

The tour package does not include :

Car insurance, tire management fees, gas, registration and $0.35 per kilometre for the rental of a vehicle

Meals, excursions or visits not indicated in the program

Wine and beverages during meals

Gratuities

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Baggage handling

A 20$ contribution in support of the Cooperative for a Sustainable Tourism Environment

5 days
  • Departure
    From may to july
  • Include
    Taxes and fees
    Accommodation
    Meal
  • Not Included
    Tips
    Travel insurance
    Personal expenses
1

Day 1: flight from Montreal/Québec City to Blanc-Sablon

Fly with Provincial Airlines with stopovers in Sept-Iles, Wabush and Goose Bay before arriving at your final destination, Blanc-Sablon.
Departure from Montreal at 06:30 or Québec City at 07:00; arrival in Blanc-Sablon at 13:30. Airline: Provincial Airlines
* Notice: It is important to arrive at the airport at least one hour before departure or your reservation may be cancelled.
Your adventure begins when you deboard from your aircraft in the village of Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon. After picking up your rental vehicle, you are invited to take a 3-hour iceberg observation cruise. Later, cap off your first afternoon with a visit to the interpretation centre, and then settle into 3-star Auberge 4-Saison, or 2-star Hotel-Motel Blanc-Sablon. In a few hours, you will have spent an eventful first day in a completely different environment.
Meals: Not included.
Lodging: Auberge Quatre Saisons (3*) or Hotel/motel Blanc-Sablon (2*)

Important
* Restaurant L’Ancre is open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 ‒ 21:00, and Sundays from 15:00 – 21:00. There are also two canteens open during the summer.
2

Day 2: Blanc-Sablon | Vieux-Fort (82 km)

After breakfast, depart for the western limit on the last section of Route #138, towards Bonne Espérance Municipality. It regroups 3 villages: Middle Bay, Rivière-Saint-Paul and Vieux Fort. During the trip, stop at Middle Bay Interpretation Centre and Whitley Museum in Rivière-Saint-Paul. We suggest having lunch at Middle Bay Interpretation Centre. Continue to Vieux Fort where the interpretation panels inform you about Jacques Cartier’s trip here. Enjoy a delicious meal at your B&B before settling in for the night.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included ‒ Lunch not included.
Lodging: Waterfront B&B
3

 Day 3: Vieux-Fort | Blanc-Sablon (82 km)

In the morning, meet with Garland Nadeau, a “Coaster” brimming with historical facts and anecdotes. In the afternoon, we suggest a 3-hr land & sea tour with Aqua Ladadie scallop farm which includes their facilities and the region’s exceptional maritime environment, followed by a seafood dinner. Return to Blanc-Sablon for the night.

Meals: Breakfast included ‒ Lunch on your own; dinner at Aqua Labadie
Lodging: Auberge Quatre Saisons (3*) or Hotel/motel Blanc-Sablon (2*)
4

Day 4: Blanc-Sablon & Labrador

A few kilometres to the east and behold, you are in Labrador. Continue along your route and discover 33-metre Amour Lighthouse Point, home the region’s tallest lighthouse and the second tallest in Canada. Magnificent landscapes await you. Back in Blanc-Sablon later in the afternoon, another cruise awaits you.
Meals: Breakfast included ‒ Lunch and dinner not included.
Lodging: Auberge Quatre Saisons (3*) or Hotel/Motel Blanc-Sablon (2*
5

Day 5: return flight from Blanc-Sablon to Québec City or Montreal

Head to the airport for your 11:20 flight. Arrive in Québec City at 20:45 and Montreal at 21:45. There are stopovers in Goose Bay (1¼ hours) and Wabush (3¼ hours) where you can enjoy a guided tour of Fermont to see the famous 1 km long wall that houses and protects the majority of the town’s infrastructures. Return to Wabush for your flight that marks the end of your North-Shore Tour.

Tour Location

1

DAY 1 ‒ Montreal or Québec city to Blanc-Sablon

Fly with Provincial Airlines with stopovers in Sept-Iles, Wabush and Goose Bay before arriving at your final destination, Blanc-Sablon. Departure: from Montreal at 06:30 or from Québec City at 07:00, arrival in Blanc-Sablon at 13:30. Airline: Provincial Airlines
* Notice: It is important to arrive at the airport at least one hour before departure or your reservation may be cancelled.
Your adventure begins when you deboard from your airplane in the village of Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon. After picking up your rental vehicle, you are invited to take a 3-hour iceberg observation cruise. After, take a few moments to cap off your first afternoon with a visit to the interpretation centre before settling into 3-star Auberge 4-Saison or 2-star Hotel-Motel Blanc-Sablon. In just a few hours, you will have spent an eventful day in a completely different environment.
Meals: Not included.
Lodging: Auberge Quatre Saisons (3*) or Hotel/Motel Blanc-Sablon (2*) Important
* Restaurant L’Ancre is open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 ‒ 21:00, and Sundays from 15:00 – 21:00. There are also two canteens open during the summer.

2

DAY 2 ‒ Blanc-Sablon | Battle Harbour (172 km)

After breakfast, drive to Mary’s Harbour (plan 3 hours’ travel time) in Labrador to catch the 11:00 ferry (local Labrador time) to Battle Harbour. Battle Harbour is a gem of a museum, reminiscent of this seafaring community’s great moments in fishing history. Lunch and dinner are offered onsite so you can experience typical accommodations in this unique village. Battle Harbour all-inclusive plan: Ferry, room (dbl occ.), 3 meals (lunch, dinner, breakfast) and guided tour
3

DAY 3 ‒ Battle Harbour | Blanc-Sablon (172 km)

After breakfast, board the ferry (09:00, local Labrador time) for the Labrador coast and head to Red Bay, a renowned Parks Canada National Historic site, to visit the Interpretation Centre. Back in the XVIth century, hundreds of whale-hunters from France and Spain came to hunt in this region. Lunch not included. When you return to Blanc-Sablon, go on a second sea cruise (duration: 2 ‒ 3 hours) to get up close and personal with the icebergs or visit Monseigneur Scheffer Museum to learn all about the history of this eastern region of Ladicte CoSte de nort. Lastly, enjoy a meal at a local restaurant before returning to your lodging and settling in for the night.
Meals: Breakfast included ‒ Lunch and dinner not included.
Lodging: Auberge Quatre Saisons (3*) or Hotel/Motel Blanc-Sablon (2*)
4

DAY 4 ‒ Blanc-Sablon | Vieux-Fort (82 km)

After breakfast, depart for the western limit of the last section of Route #138 towards Rivière-Saint-Paul and Vieux Fort. During the trip, stop at Middle Bay Interpretation Centre and the Whitley museum in Rivière-Saint-Paul. Also, meet with Garland Nadeau, a “Coaster” brimming with historical facts and anecdotes. We suggest you have lunch at Middle Bay Interpretation Centre. In the afternoon, enjoy a 3-hour land & sea tour at Aqua Ladadie scallop farm which includes their facilities and the region’s exceptional maritime environment, followed by a seafood dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included ‒ Lunch not included.
Lodging: Waterfront B&B.
5

DAY 5 ‒ RETURN FLIGHT FROM Blanc-Sablon to QuÉbec CITY or Montreal

After your B&B breakfast, return to Blanc-Sablon for your 11:20 am flight. Arrive in Québec City at 20:45 or Montreal at 21:45. There are stopovers in Goose Bay (1¼ hrs) and Wabush (3¼ hrs) where you can enjoy a guided tour of Fermont to see the famous 1 km long wall that houses and protects the majority of the town’s infrastructures. Return to Wabush for your flight that marks the end of your North-Shore Tour.
Have a great time on your visit to the North-Shore!