QUE­BEC’S NORTH SHORE HIGH­WAY

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On Que­bec’s south shore, a road now con­nects these cen­tres of pop­u­la­tion along the shores of the Gaspe Penin­sula, and into New Brunswick. On the north shore, progress has been slow. True, there are a few ma­jor towns, but the Que-138 Rte comes to an in­glo­ri­ous end just past the com­mu­nity of Natashquan. Some­day per­haps, the Que­bec gov­ern­ment will com­plete the road through to Banc Sablon, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to reach Labrador and points be­yond. As it is, to sam­ple the scenery along the north shore of the outer St. Lawrence River, you’ll have to drive it – both ways.

The jour­ney be­gins at Tadous­sac, a mere ferry ride (free) across the Sague­nay River. There was a First Na­tions Story & pho­tos For cen­turies the St. Lawrence River has been a gate­way to Canada, and dur­ing all those years it would have been bet­ter to leave the for­est alone.

set­tle­ment here when Jacques Cartier ar­rived in 1535, but it wasn’t es­tab­lished as a fur trad­ing post un­til about 1600. It has con­tin­ued to grow and is now a vi­tal tourist stop. The im­mense, red roofed Ho­tel Tadous­sac is the trade­mark of the town. Its spec­tac­u­lar river­front view and el­e­gant land­scap­ing are a photo op you don’t want to pass by.

Tadous­sac sits at the junc­tion of the Sague­nay Fjord and the St. Lawrence es­tu­ary, one of the big­gest and deep­est es­tu­ar­ies known to man, that ex­tends 250 km to the widen­ing of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The wa­ter here is salty enough to re­sem­ble the ocean, and there are sev­eral whale watch­ing tours avail­able. You can also book a scenic tour to take you into the high-walled fjord. We found it has spread bits of hu­man­ity along the way. Fish­ing vil­lages pro­lif­er­ated, and hard work­ing peo­ple cleared the land to cre­ate tiny,

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