Ignored and misunderstood by many Quebecers as a holiday destination, the region of the North Coast is attracting more and more interest. The constraints related to the COVID-19 did fear the worst this spring, but, against all expectations, the trend is on the rise.
Denis Fortin and his wife live in the Laurentians. They had not planned to visit the North Shore this summer. “Saw that everyone was still in Quebec, the Gaspé peninsula, there are a lot of people and that New Brunswick is closed, it was one of the places that were most advantageous to come,” said the man encountered by TVA New to the camping Laurent Val de Sept-Îles.
Tourisme Côte-Nord, one expects a very good tourism season, and the bookings in the accommodation premises already bear witness to an upward trend compared to last year.
“It is certain that the closure of borders and the fact that large events in the major centres do not… people have reorganised their holidays at the last minute. Clearly, the North Shore is one of the destinations that people are looking for this year,” says Paul Lavoie, assistant director of Tourism North Shore.
Since the beginning of the summer, camping Laurent Val de Sept-Îles welcomes a lot of tourists from quebec who would probably not set foot on the North Shore, if the border with the United States was still open.
Several days have already been sold.
“I spend my life on the phone to take bookings,” said the head of the home, Jessica Desjardins. “It’s going to be a big year. Everyone comes on the North Shore. There are several of them that this is the first time that they visit the North Shore.”
The intake capacity being limited in the region, the tourist industry strongly suggests visitors plan their stay, in order to avoid bad surprises.