Located in the Côte-Nord region of the province of Quebec, Canada, the city of Baie-Comeau is nestled on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River near the mouth of the Manicouagan River, and is the seat of Manicouagan Regional County Municipality. The city is comprised of two urban centres, Baie-Comeau proper and Hauterive. The landscape of the Baie-Comeau region has been shaped by glacial retreats and other natural phenomena. Important geological features include the Manicouagan and St. View more
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This tour, combining history, nature, and technology, is another great way to get an overview of Baie-Comeau!
Colonel Robert McCormick, the president of the Chicago Tribune, founded the city in 1937 when he established a pulp and paper plant to control costs for his newspaper business. Today, Baie-Comeau is a high-tech industrial hub for hydroelectricity and home to about 23,000 residents. On this tour you will learn about the rich religious and cultural heritage, as well as the strong character of the hearty souls living in this remote paradise.
Havre St. Pancrace Lookout
From the pier, depart on the short drive to the magnificent Havre St. Pancrace lookout, 600 metres high for a brief photo stop. During Prohibition in the 1930s, this isolated spot was a popular delivery point for contraband liquor!
Village Forestier d'Antan
Continue on to a forest interpretation center known as Village Forestier d'Antan. The forest industry was crucial to the development of the North Shore. Activities such as cutting, hauling, driving, and other aspects of life in the forest are presented at this interpretation center. Typical buildings, period objects, and old photographs illustrate lumberjack's living conditions and way of life of this period.
Place La Salle
Finally there will be a short tour of Baie-Comeau's heritage area, including Place La Salle (this quaint commercial artery, home of the Biosphere square, full of sites of historical interest, bustles with specialty food shops, souvenir stores, art galleries, fine restaurants, and nightclubs), where visitors can admire the magnificent scenery and Champlain Street where the former Premier of Canada, Brian Mulroney, spent his childhood.
Please note: This tour involves approximately 200 yards (182 metres) of walking and is not recommended for guests utilising a wheelchair or with limited mobility. Comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight jacket are recommended. Tour may operate in a school bus.
Depart the pier for a short ride on the shuttle bus to the Baie-Comeau's town centre. Take a walking tour through Baie-Comeau's heritage area and enjoy culture of this unique French community with its scenic views,boutiques, art galleries, landmarks and, of course, it's beautiful natural setting.
Place La Salle
Starts at Place La Salle, situated in Baie-Comeau's heritage area. This quaint commercial artery, full of sites of historical interest, bustles with specialty food shops, souvenir stores, art galleries, fine restaurants, and nightclubs.
St. Amelie's Church
The church features the pink granite of Québec's North Shore. Once inside, note the 1,793 square yards (1500 square metres) of fresco paintings, the thirty stained glass windows representing characters from the Bible, and the magnificent Casavant organ.
St. Andrew's Anglican Church
Built in 1937, this was the first church in the Baie-Comeau area. Built in Tudor style, it has imposing oak trim and stained glass windows. The main window depicts local forest animals
Continue walking along Champlain Street where the former Premier of Canada, Brian Mulroney, spent his childhood. Have the chance to visit the town's famous hotel, Manoir Baie-Comeau, where cake and tea will be served.
Robert Rutherford McCormick, president of the Chicago Tribune, founded Baie-Comeau in 1937 when he established a paper plant to control costs for his newspaper business. He built a sumptuous manor that later burned to the ground in 1965. The manor was re-built in 1965 using stone instead of wood. It was completely renovated in 2004 and is now a hotel with all the charm of an old French colonial manoir, with most of the rooms, dining room, terrace and gardens open on to spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River. Enjoy cake and tea during your stop at the Manoir.
Return to Place La Salle on foot where you have the option of either remaining in town and taking the shuttle back to the ship, or returning immediately to the ship.
Please note: This tour is conducted entirely on foot, and is not recommended for guests utilizing a wheelchair or with limited mobility. Comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight jacket are recommended.
Unique in the world, only in Baie-Comeau, right in the heart of the Manicouagan-Uapishka Reserve this is the best immersive, interactive and multi-sensory experience in Canada. Take a journey back in time and experience the northern adventure some 20,000 years under the ice. Through the magic of sound, image, light and multimedia technologies, you will be transported to the centre of the glacier.
Depart the pier via coach for the short ride to the Glacier Exploration Station
Glacier Exploration Station
This world class multimedia show is an interactive, immersive, and multi-sensory experience that allows you to explore a glacier from top to bottom and even gives you a glimpse of the old seas that lie beneath. Be inspired as you to learn, dream, and see yourself in a new light; to win you over, distract you, and dazzle you; to immortalize the past; and tell a fascinating story. As you pursue this multifaceted mission, strive to transform your visit into a unique and fascinating multi-sensory experience.
The multimedia show is divided into three acts composed of spectacular and unique projections. You will first you admire the "Vastness of the Glaciers", a three Dimensional-inspired projections that flies you over a glacier that has evolved and been shaped by the Earth's changing climate throughout history.
You will then hop in a virtual elevator that will take you 4 km underneath the glacier. It's an environment of immersive visuals and stunning sound effects. Finally, you will discover the "Ancient Seas of Québec".
The Garden of the Glaciers, in collaboration with Chamonix Mont-Blanc, presents its most impressive temporary exhibition to date: Glaciers and Men. Keepers of the precious archives about the past climate of our planet, as well as experts of the discipline, have brought to the public and newcomers an exhibition of the most significant glaciers by presenting photos from all around the world.
There will be a short tour of Baie-Comeau's heritage area, including Place La Salle (this quaint commercial artery, home of the Biosphere square, full of sites of historical interest, bustles with specialty food shops, souvenir stores, art galleries, fine restaurants, and nightclubs). Visitors can admire the magnificent scenery and Champlain Street where the former Premier of Canada, Brian Mulroney, spent his childhood. Guests may either stay in town or return immediately to the ship at the end of the tour if time permits.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking at the station and in town. It is wheelchair accessible and suitable for guests with limited mobility. Comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight jacket are recommended. Tour may operate in a school bus.