During this 3-hour walking tour, let your guide take you on a journey where boutiques, art galleries, landmarks and, of course, a beautiful natural setting will be sure to charm you.
Starting with Place La Salle, discover this quaint commercial artery, host to sites of historical and social interest for the past 78 years. In this cultural hub, you’ll find souvenir stores, art galleries, fine restaurants and a microbrewery.
Two churches are on the itinerary. St. Amélie’s Church is amazing, featuring Quebec’s North Shore pink granite. Visitors can admire its 16,000 square feet of fresco paintings, 5 times more than the Sistine Chapel! It also bears 30 stained-glass windows representing characters from the Bible, and a magnificent Casavant organ. You will get to know more about the Italian artist Guido Nincheri and how, during that period of creation, he was wrongfully imprisoned - a saga which put his artistic work on hold.
Following this visit, you will see St. Andrew Anglican Church (a stop will be made if the church is open). This remarkable and unique Anglican Church built in 1937 was the first church in the Baie-Comeau area. It was built in the Tudor style, with imposing oak trim and lovely stained-glass windows.
The tour continues to the Champlain Street, where the former prime minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney, spent his childhood.
A stop at the famous French colonial hotel, the Manoir of Baie-Comeau, will delight your taste buds with cake and tea and dazzle your eyes with a spectacular view of the Saint Lawrence River. This sumptuous manor was built in 1937 by Robert Rutherford McCormick but burned to the ground in 1965. It’s only 39 years later, in 2004, that the QNSL paper company rebuilt it on the same site, using stone instead of wood! Now a hotel with all the charm of an old French colonial manor, most of its rooms and meeting rooms, including the dining room, terrace and gardens, open onto spectacular views of the surrounding scenery.