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Baie-Comeau, QC, Canada

Baie Comeau is a city located approximately 420 kilometres (260 mi) north-east of Quebec City in the Côte-Nord region of the province of Quebec, Canada. It is located on the shores of the 

Saint Lawrence River

near the mouth of the

Manicouagan River

, and is the seat of Manicouagan Regional County Municipality. There are two urban area population centres within the city limits: Baie-Comeau proper, with a population of 9,917, and Hauterive, with a population of 11,844, as of the Canada 2011 Census. The total population is 22,113.

History

Baie-Comeau itself (the eastern part of the current town) was founded in 1936 when a paper mill was constructed... Read more

Baie-Comeau, QC, Canada

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Baie Comeau is a city located approximately 420 kilometres (260 mi) north-east of Quebec City in the Côte-Nord region of the province of Quebec, Canada. It is located on the shores of the 

Saint Lawrence River

near the mouth of the

Manicouagan River

, and is the seat of Manicouagan Regional County Municipality. There are two urban area population centres within the city limits: Baie-Comeau proper, with a population of 9,917, and Hauterive, with a population of 11,844, as of the Canada 2011 Census. The total population is 22,113.

History

Baie-Comeau itself (the eastern part of the current town) was founded in 1936 when a paper mill was constructed by Colonel Robert R. McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Experiencing remarkable growth, the Town of Baie-Comeau was incorporated the following year. The area continued to see economic development with the establishment of the hydro-electric power stations on the Manicouagan and Outardes Rivers beginning with the Chutes-aux-Outardes Station in 1952, an aluminum smelter in 1958, and grain warehouses (the largest in Canada) in 1959.

Climate

In July, the average daily high is near 21°C (70°F) but at night it cools down to a temperature near 10°C (50°F). In January, the average daily high is about -9°C (16°F) but at night it cools down to a temperature near -20°C (-4°F). No matter when in the year you go, you should always bring a jacket. Temperatures can deviate significantly from the average, so be prepared.


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Baie-Comeau, QC, Canada: Port Information


Cruise ship dock at the pier. The center of the city is within walking distance (around 1.2 miles). You also can take a shuttle bus. 

Get around Baie-Comeau, QC, Canada


It's best to have a car to drive around since the two parts of Baie Comeau are separate. Walking may be reasonable depending on the distance and season.

  • Budget Location De Vehicules, 799, boul Laflèche, ☎ +1 418-294-4404. Hire car rental.

What to see in Baie-Comeau, QC, Canada


  • Atelier Carole Caron, 1181 rue de Dieppe, G5C 3G4, ☎ +1 418 589-9547. Carole Caron paints on fabric with acrylic resin. Her works mostly feature colorful and lively scenes of children.
  • Centre Boreal du St-Laurent, 3, avenue Denonville, G4Z 2W6, ☎ +1 418 296-0177. This forest learning center allows visitors to discover the effects glaciers had on the Cote Nord region and its landscapes. Other attractions and activities include a natural park, observation sites, hiking trails and more.
  • Centre des arts de Baie-Comeau, 1660, rue de Bretagne, ☎ +1 418 295-2000, e-mail: info@cabc.baie-comeau.ca. Shows and Concerts
  • Galerie d'art Claude Bonneau, 13, place La Salle, ☎ +1 418 296-8862. Exhibition of art and antiques.
  • Maison de la Faune, 3501, boulevard Lafleche, G5C 3W7, ☎ +1 418 589-2219. Visitors will discover and learn about the fauna or wildlife of the Cote-Nord region. Children under the age of seven get in free. Hiking trails and a boutique are also available.
  • Le Theatre de Baie-Comeau, 1660, rue de Bretagne, G5C 3S3, ☎ +1 418 295-2500. Constructed in 1992, the theatre can accommodate 850 guests and showcases a variety of plays and shows during the year. Ticket packages are available.
  • The Whale Route. Côte-Nord – Manicouagan and Côte-Nord – Duplessis border the St. Lawrence for 1250 kilometres (775 miles), from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon. The coastline of these regions has been designated the Whale Route, since 13 different species, including the blue whale, can be found in the waters of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

What to do in Baie-Comeau, QC, Canada


  • Atelier Carole Caron, 1181 rue de Dieppe, G5C 3G4, ☎ +1 418 589-9547. Carole Caron paints on fabric with acrylic resin. Her works mostly feature colorful and lively scenes of children.
  • Centre Boreal du St-Laurent, 3, avenue Denonville, G4Z 2W6, ☎ +1 418 296-0177. This forest learning center allows visitors to discover the effects glaciers had on the Cote Nord region and its landscapes. Other attractions and activities include a natural park, observation sites, hiking trails and more.
  • Centre des arts de Baie-Comeau, 1660, rue de Bretagne, ☎ +1 418 295-2000, e-mail: info@cabc.baie-comeau.ca. Shows and Concerts
  • Galerie d'art Claude Bonneau, 13, place La Salle, ☎ +1 418 296-8862. Exhibition of art and antiques.
  • Maison de la Faune, 3501, boulevard Lafleche, G5C 3W7, ☎ +1 418 589-2219. Visitors will discover and learn about the fauna or wildlife of the Cote-Nord region. Children under the age of seven get in free. Hiking trails and a boutique are also available.
  • Le Theatre de Baie-Comeau, 1660, rue de Bretagne, G5C 3S3, ☎ +1 418 295-2500. Constructed in 1992, the theatre can accommodate 850 guests and showcases a variety of plays and shows during the year. Ticket packages are available.
  • The Whale Route. Côte-Nord – Manicouagan and Côte-Nord – Duplessis border the St. Lawrence for 1250 kilometres (775 miles), from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon. The coastline of these regions has been designated the Whale Route, since 13 different species, including the blue whale, can be found in the waters of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

What to eat and drink in Baie-Comeau, QC, Canada


Eat

  • L'Aquarium Sushi Bar, (West) 861, boulevard Lafleche, (East) 38 Place LaSalle G5C 1C7, ☎ +1 418 589-5887 (West), +1 418 296-2887 (East). Casual dining and an impressive selection of fresh sushi rolls, combination platters and signature dishes are served up at this restaurant, which offers locations in the eastern and western sectors of the city.
  • Brochetterie Chez Greco, 1257, boul. Laflèche, ☎ +1 418 295-3003. There are a variety of authentic Greek specialties at this restaurant. The menu features moussaka, spanakopita, tzatziki and more Greek foods.
  • Restaurant Bar Terrasse Les Trois Barils, 200, boulevard Lasalle G4Z 1S7, ☎ +1 418 296-3681. This restaurant has a varied menu consisting of Canadian, Italian and regional specialties. Steak and seafood dishes also popular. Dining accommodations for up to 175 guests including a terrace.
  • Restaurant Dixie Lee Poulet Frit, 1150, boulevard Laflèche G5C 3B2, ☎ +1 418 589-3376. This restaurant serves flavourful fried chicken. The chicken is tender and seasoned.
  • Restaurant La Cache d'Amelie, 37, avenue Marquette, G4Z 1K4, ☎ +1 418 296-3722. Guests can enjoy a fine-dining experience and sample regional dishes. The restaurant is licensed and includes a non-smoking section.
  • Restaurant Les Pates, 836, rue de Puyjalon. G5C 1N1, ☎ +1 418 589-9921. Enjoy pizza and fresh stuffed pastas from this restaurant. Delivery is available.
  • Restaurant Nori, 905, rue Bosse, G5C 1L8. The restaurant features an Asian menu of fine-cuisine including seafood specialties. The location is licensed and provides non-smoking sections for its patrons.
  • Restaurant Pizza Royale, 2674, boulevard Laflèche (Route 138) G5C 1E4, ☎ +1 418 589-5427, e-mail: emplois@pizzaroyale.ca. Menu includes several types of pizza as well as other dishes such as pasta, salads, sandwiches and Chinese food. The restaurant is also licensed and is open late on weekends.

 

Shopping in Baie-Comeau, QC, Canada


  • Centre Manicouagan, 600, boul. Laflèche G5C 2X8, ☎ +1 418 589-9651. There are over 50 stores and boutiques at this shopping mall in Baie-Comeau. A renovated food-fair offers a non-smoking environment. Open daily.
  • Galeries Baie-Comeau inc., 300, boulevard La Salle, ☎ +1 418 296-6461. Shopping mall, several shops.
  • Trés'Arts d'ici, 17, place La Salle, ☎ +1 418 296-2788. Gifts and souvenirs.

Safety in Baie-Comeau, QC, Canada


The level of violent crime and homicides in Quebec is far lower than almost all other large cities in Canada or the USA.
Visitors should use common sense when travelling, as they would anywhere else, and keep cars locked so that they do not fall prey to theft.
During the day, you should have no fear about traveling around the city; but at night, there might be the usual drunk bar patrons and those who prey on people unfamiliar with where they are. Take the usual precautions to protect yourself and you should be fine. However, the city is very safe for solitary female travelers.

Language spoken in Baie-Comeau, QC, Canada


Canada is officially bilingual at the federal level, meaning that all federal government official documents, signs, and tourist information will be presented in French and English. Staff at retail shops, restaurants and tourist attractions will often speak English, especially in Montreal. Smaller establishments, especially outside Montreal, may not offer services in English but try their best to accommodate travellers. About 8% of the province's residents speak English as a mother tongue, and an additional 31% consider that they can get by speaking it. All offices of the federal government are required by law to provide services in French and English.

The official language of Quebec, however, is French. Provincial government signs (highway signs, government buildings, hospitals, etc.) are generally posted in French only. Services at provincial and municipal government offices are also often available in French only, though they are available in English in areas with significant Anglophone (English-speaking) populations. Tourist information is offered in English and other languages. The visibility of commercial signs and billboards in English and other languages is restricted by law (except for English-language media and cultural venues such as theatres, cinemas and bookstores). Most businesses will not have signs in English except in tourist areas and localities with a large English-speaking population. Language is a very sensitive subject politically, particularly in Montreal. If you cannot read a sign in a store or restaurant, most sales people will be sympathetic and help you find your way. Most restaurants in tourist areas will supply English menus if asked. In general, you should always begin the conversation in French, and ask if the person can speak English. Assuming that the person can speak English is considered to be very rude.

82% of Quebec’s population is francophone, but English is also commonly spoken, particularly in the province’s major cities such as Montreal where the percentage is 24%. For French-speaking people from elsewhere, the French spoken in Quebec is often difficult to understand. Books have been published on Quebec expressions, and these may be worth consulting if you are planning to stay in Québec for any length of time.

LOCAL TIME

8:39 pm
September 15, 2019
America/Toronto

CURRENT WEATHER

13.57 °C / 56.426 °F
light rain
Mon

11.55 °C/53 °F
light rain
Tue

12.84 °C/55 °F
broken clouds
Wed

14.83 °C/59 °F
sky is clear
Thu

16.15 °C/61 °F
broken clouds

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