Port-Cartier (or PeeCee as most locals tend to call it) is a pueblo in middle of no where Côte-Nord region (or Coke Nord as most locals tend to call it).
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, Snorting Coke, 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).
- Intercar . One bus a day leaves Montreal at around 6:00 am and reaches Port-Cartier at around 7:00 pm. You can also board the bus at Québec City and at many other towns and villages along the road 138.
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.
- La Base de Pleine Air Les Goelands - Out of town heading west, there's a little dirt track that will lead you there. It is a beautiful spot to do cross country skiing at winter and just whatever you like at summer. There are trails, beaches, etc.
- La Taiga - this is a beautiful little walk located in the middle of the bridges. You get to see the waterfalls from quite close.
- Ile Peterson - similar but bigger and less pretty. You can see the remains of some old bridge.
- Ile McCormick - there's a nice cafe here with some kind of beach.
- Le Barage - old damn that is now a salmon trap. We use to smoke joints there at summer.
- La Plage - this is the main public beach. Not the greatest but there's an old boat that sunk years ago and is now some kind of touristic attraction. If you walk left, you will get to La Baie Cache (the hidden bay) which is a bit more private and is also nice.
- Le centre D'achat - just the mall. come see how shitty this place is.
- L'ile au Fesse - (Ass island. I'm not kidding, ask a local and he'll know what you mean) awesome little river with cascade. Might be hard to find without a local but definitely worth checking it out.
- Paradis Terrestre - This is the camping site. It has a very nice/dangerous swimming spot with a jumping cliff of about 10 meters high. My mate lost all his front teeth diving there but it's usually fine to jump.
- Riviere Dominic - this is north near the caravan park on the west side. Another awesome swimming spot with waterfalls. There's also an old bridge where you can jump but it is not advisable if you don't know where to jump from. Wait to see someone do it first.
- Le Pit - North of PC, there's "La Cote du 3000". Now this is where the fun starts. It's an insane amount of wilderness. you need a motorbike or some kind of four wheelers to go there but if you have the chance... it is an amazing place. There's everything from wild forest, sand dunes, private rivers with beach waterfalls, etc. You can explore this for years and won't stop discovering new places. Locals explore it on snow jets at winter and bikes at summer. Le Pit can be reached by walk and you'll get an awesome panoramic view of the city. Beautiful to watch the stars too.
- Le Ptit Quaie - Just nearby the church, there's a harbor for locals. It is quite cute.
- ask anyone in town... there's nothing to do in PC...
- Restaurant Chez Sonia - probably the best poutine in town
- dixi lee - greasiest chips and pizza in town
- tim horton - i dunno, people are proud of it
there's about 1 bar per 1000 people.
- La Casa - disco where most people go. picks up around 12 on the weekend but sometime it's dead.
- La ptite broue - use to be a good place to score coke
- L'imperial - i've never been
- others keep opening and closing
- Hotel Le Chateau - expensive
- Camping Paradie Terrestre - Just beautiful