Port-Cartier (or PeeCee as most locals tend to call it) is a pueblo in middle of no where Côte-Nord region. Known for having one of the biggest prison in the province, this is both a rough and peaceful place. If you can figure out where to go, this is a natural paradise. Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Motor Biking, Swimming in pristine rivers, you name it!
The rich culture and history of the city has long been forgotten; it is, however, quite a paradise for nature lovers. Surrounding areas include a lot of forests, many sandy beaches, lakes and world-renowned rivers (notably for salmon fishing). The city is separated in 2 by bridges. There's "Port-Cartier West" and "L'autre bord des ponts".
To get to Port-Cartier, one of the only options are to come by car. It is about 582 km from Quebec City, and 833 km from Montreal. The trip should take you 7 hours and 10 hours, respectively. The nearest town is Sept-Iles, 45 minutes east (most locals will let you know that people are snobs over there).
Hitchhiking from Montreal to Quebec City is very easy; many people commute daily between those two cities.
Between Quebec City and Port-Cartier, there is only one main road (Road 138) going north-east along the shore of the St-Lawrence river. As such, hitchhiking is pretty straightforward. People traveling on this road are likely to accomplish long distances because towns and cities are few and far between. However, just going from Quebec City to Port-Cartier in your own car takes around 8 hours ; add the waiting time, and getting to Port-Cartier is likely to take you 2 days of hitchhiking. Wild camping is pretty easy during the summer months, but winter in Quebec is quite harsh and camping in winter is impossible without specialized gear (waiting for a ride at -30C is also quite dangerous). Nevertheless, if you leave very early from Quebec city (or east of there), it is possible to arrive in Sept-Îles in one day.
Car is the best way to get around the city. For places within the city, walking is quite easy and bike is probably better (provided that it is summer time).
Of course, there are also taxis. If you go out in the evening, a taxi is your only option if you don't want to walk.
there's about 1 bar per 1000 people.