Baie-Comeau, Quebec

Heading on up the Gulf of St Lawrence we docked at Baie-Comeau in the province of Quebec.

Baie-Comeau is a city located approximately 420 kilometres 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. 

From the dock it was a 20-30 minute walk into the small town as they only had 1 or 2 buses available for transfers to the middle of the town.

There was a very large paper and pulp factory which dominated the town.

Sainte-Amélie Church

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. Arthur A. Schmon oversaw the project, which included a power station and housing. 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.

The town was very much French with everyone speaking French in the shops and restaurants. There was not much to Baie-Comeau so we had covered the town in a fairly short time so we headed back to the ship after lunch in Le Grand Hotel.

Le Grand Hotel

As we headed out of the port on our departure there were large flocks of seabirds which could be seen flying over the sea.

Later that evening there was a stunning sunset with the large dark red orb of the sun descending through the clouds

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