Lower North Shore marine service study

The first phase of the study ended on January 29, with the closing of the online survey. We had great participation from the various users of the service, and we're very satisfied with the results.

The results will be presented at the public consultations. What's more, the key points arising from this analysis will be incorporated into the main report of the study to evaluate marine service on Anticosti Island and the Lower North Shore.

It's now time to move on to the next stage of the study: public consultations in the various communities of the Lower North Shore.

Here is a detailed schedule of upcoming consultations in each of the communities to be visited.

View public consultation dates

This maritime service links Rimouski to Blanc-Sablon, providing a gateway to the natural beauty of Anticosti Island and the Lower North Shore that has fuelled many an imagination.

After calling at Sept-Îles, the MV Bella Desgagnés docks at Port-Menier on Anticosti Island. This idyllic island at the heart of the Gulf of St. Lawrence is home to an abundance of flora and fauna and to a landscape of gigantic cliffs, secret caves and breathtaking waterfalls. The ship then continues on to ports of call at Havre-Saint-Pierre, Natashquan, Kegaska, La Romaine, Harrington Harbour, Tête-à-la-Baleine and Saint-Augustin. Succumb to the charm of these picturesque villages dotting the Lower North Shore, the ancestral homeland of the Innu communities, and marvel at the spectacular wilderness out here.

This maritime service is operated in partnership with Relais Nordik, a subsidiary of Groupe Desgagnés. For more information and to reserve your sailing, visit relaisnordik.com

Operating: April to January

Total crossing time (Rimouski–Blanc-Sablon): 7 days

Total distance travelled (Rimouski–Blanc-Sablon): 2237.2 km

Winter Disenclavement Program

With alternative transportation routes (road and air) to the maritime service, the objective of the Lower North Shore and Anticosti Island winter Disenclavement Program is to give access to perishable foods at a maritime transportation rate.

More details in January 2021.