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Cruises to Baie-Comeau

Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve (Photo: Mike Sudoma/Students on Ice)

About Baie-Comeau

This small Canadian town, located on the north bank of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, was founded in 1936 by a Chicago newspaper baron who deemed the location ideal for a paper mill. The mill, prominently located on the shore, is still one of the main industries (along with hydroelectric power), but don't let that discourage you from seeking out the village's charm. The surrounding landscape is part of UNESCO's Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve, and the port offers a scenic, laidback vibe that is a welcome alternative to today's usual hustle and bustle.

Ships dock at the commercial pier, where shuttles (in the form of yellow school buses) take passengers the 1.5-mile distance to the tiny downtown: basically a two-block stretch of Boulevard de Salle with a few shops, a hotel restaurant, a coffee shop and a microbrewery. Or go by foot; the walk is delightful, along a riverfront path. Three larger-than-life megaphone-shaped installations invite strollers to pause, sit and look out to sea, the scenery amplified by the pleasing acoustics. The waterside park is frequented by locals out jogging, walking dogs or playing petanque (a French lawn game similar to bocce ball), and is a great spot for whale-watching.

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Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 3, 2023
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Leaving:Baltimore
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Sep 21, 2023
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Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Aug 27, 2022
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Leaving:Montreal
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May 20, 2023
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Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
May 31, 2023
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Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Sep 18, 2024
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Leaving:Montreal
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Sep 26, 2024
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Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jun 11, 2023
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355 Reviews
Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Oct 6, 2024
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Why go to Baie-Comeau?

Pros:

This peaceful port offers an authentic glimpse of small-town life along the St. Lawrence, with abundant natural beauty on and offshore.

Cons:

Tiny downtown without much to do; if you're looking for action beyond planned excursions, you might be disappointed.

Bottom Line:

Seeing only a handful of ships per year, Baie-Comeau is a restful alternative to more crowded ports along the busy waterway.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the Canadian dollar, colloquially called the loonie. The closest bank to the cruise terminal is Services Financiers Baie-Comeau, located at 45 Place La Salle on the port end of downtown.

Language?

Quebec is a French-speaking province, but most people speak fluent English as well.


Baie-Comeau Cruise Reviews
Baie Comeau itself is rather dominated by the paper mill created by the Chicago Tribune founder but do visit the English Marie-Amelie where there are some wonderful frescos by Guido Nincheri that were funded by the nRead More
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Gastroinn
As a Chicagoan, I thought I knew a lot about Col. McCormick, but I’d never heard of Baie-Comeau and its historical importance to the Chicago Tribune. A true company town. Very interesting tour with informative guideRead More
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Pathfinder88
The Eglise Saine-Amelie is a beautiful church and worth a visitRead More
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mc2bruin
Cold. Freezing cold. Strong winds, but warm people. Quaint little stop.Read More
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