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Essipit: meeting the Innu Nation between land and sea in Quebec


Essipit: meeting the Innu Nation between land and sea in Quebec

To experience Canada in all its fullness, getting to know local Indigenous peoplesExternal Link Title is a must. A three-and-a-half hour drive east of Quebec CityExternal Link Title, or a 30-minute drive from TadoussacExternal Link Title, takes you to one of the nine Innu communitiesExternal Link Title that have been in Quebec for millenniaExternal Link Title, the Essipit Innu First NationExternal Link Title. Along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, you will discover the rich culture and thriving traditions of this welcoming community. Since 1978, Entreprises EssipitExternal Link Title has been offering tourism activities based on ancestral values as well the natural land and sea attractions of this must-visit C?te-NordExternal Link Title destination.

Exploring the waters

Whale-watching with Croisières Essipit
Whale-watching in an inflatable boat with Croisières Essipit. Credit: Audet Photo

Join Croisi?res EssipitExternal Link Title aboard an inflatable motorboat that skims the waves for a close-up view of the marine life in the protected waters of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine ParkExternal Link Title. Seasoned guides share a treasure trove of knowledge as they lead guests safely out to meet a variety of whale species including humpbacks, blue whales, fin whales, minke whales and belugas. With a bit of luck, you'll also spot seals in these fish-filled waters.

Kayak excursion with Mer et Monde écotours
A kayak excursion with Mer et Monde écotours at Anse à la Cave. Credit: Audet Photo

After a thrilling whale-watching tour, make your way to Les Bergeronnes for a guided sea-kayaking tourExternal Link Title or a leisurely stand-up paddleboardExternal Link Title outing at Anse ? la Cave with Mer et Monde ?cotoursExternal Link Title. With the soothing sea air and shoreline vista of large rocks and conifers, relaxation is guaranteed.

Seaside camping at Anse à la Cave
Seaside camping platform at Anse à la Cave by Mer et Monde écotours. Credit: Audet Photo

At the end of the day, sleep right on shore, lulled by sound of waves and blowing whales at Anse ? la Cave. The site is home to one of the world's most beautiful seaside campgroundsExternal Link Title, complete with ready-to-camp unitsExternal Link Title and wooden camping platformsExternal Link Title. There are also rustic but modern sheltersExternal Link Title available. Spending one night by the water is worth the entire trip!


In the heart of Essipit, Natakam Condo-HotelsExternal Link Title is the place to stay. Your private balcony opens up to stunning views of the St. Lawrence, where the whales feed just metres from shore! It also makes a great starting point for activities on land.


Exploring on land


For the ultimate outdoor experience, observe the black bearExternal Link Title, a symbol of traditional Innu culture. In a secure shelter in the heart of the boreal forest, experienced guides will show you black bears in their natural habitat at only a few metres' distance.

Fish for brook trout in one of the 125 lakes in the Essipit area.
Fish for brook trout in one of the 125 lakes in the Essipit area. Credit: Audet Photo

The Essipit's wilderness and numerous lakes lend themselves particularly well to an outfitting adventureExternal Link Title with numerous activities: hiking, fishing, ATVing, voyageur canoeing, and swimming.

Essipit, where the great outdoors, age-old traditions and culture come together to provide a relaxing getaway. Credit: Audet Photo

Essipit is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and experience an age-old culture. Leave your cell phone and the daily grind behind and recharge in this amazing place.