Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Canada
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Discover the history of Baie-Comeau -- the quintessential company town. Meet your guide at the pier and begin your walk to the heart of the town.
From there, you will set out on a three-hour walking tour with your guide, highlighting the heritage area, boutiques, art galleries, landmarks and, of course, Baie-Comeau's beautiful natural setting.
Begin at Place La Salle, situated in Baie-Comeau's Old Town area. This quaint commercial artery is home to sites of historical interest and bustles with specialty food shops, souvenir stores, art galleries, fine restaurants, and nightclubs.
Two churches are next on the agenda. St Amélie Church features the pink granite of Québec's North Shore. Admire its 1,600-square-foot fresco paintings, the 30 stained-glass windows representing characters from the Bible, and the magnificent Casavant organ. St Andrew's Anglican Church, built in 1937, was the first church in the Baie-Comeau area. It features imposing, Tudor-style oak trim and lovely stained-glass windows.
Continue along Champlain Street, where the former Premier of Canada, Brian Mulroney, spent his childhood.
Tea and cake are served at the town's famous hotel -- the Manoir Baie-Comeau. The original building burned to the ground in 1965, but 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 and terrace, open onto spectacular views of the St-Lawrence River.
Your tour ends back at Place La Salle. Guests wishing to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so but must make their own way back to the ship.
Entrance to the Town Hall is dependent upon civic functions. Tour requires up to two hours of walking. Wear comfortable walking shoes.