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Quality of Life

Baie-Comeau is a northern and maritime city, known for its exceptional quality of life. Located along the St. Lawrence River, approximately 400 km from Québec City, it is the second most populated city on the Côte-Nord.

Baie-Comeau offers a safe environment and a very competitive cost of living. The vast majority of services are available to residents, and residents of neighbouring municipalities even travel to Baie-Comeau to meet their different needs, whether it is relating to goods and services, recreation, or basic items.   

Baie-Comeau is also part of the Manicouagan-Uapishka World Biosphere Reserve. It has been a benchmark for sustainable development since it was granted its international status by UNESCO in 2007. 

Located on the border of the Northern Plan territory, Baie-Comeau is a northern city that offers wonderful benefits that promote its development.


  • Population of 20,687 (30,158 in the Manicouagan region)
  • The municipal and educational infrastructures can support over 30,000 people. 
  • Average age = 45 years
  • Population density = 61.8 per km2 
  • Surface area of 334 km2
  • Average cost for a residence = $156,000 
  • Strategic access to the Northern Plan territory 


Since knowledge is the key to successful projects, the region’s educational institutions offer college and university programs, research and innovation centres, vocational training, and partnerships with private companies.

  • 4 daycares
  • 6 primary schools
  • 2 secondary schools
  • 1 primary and secondary English school 
  • Vocational training centre 
  • Cégep de Baie-Comeau 
  • UQAR university campus
  • 4 research centers


As the economic centre of the Manicouagan region, Baie-Comeau boasts numerous sports and cultural facilities, theatres and art galleries, an 18-hole golf club, a major junior hockey team, several parks and beaches, and world-class tourist attractions. Baie-Comeau welcomes several international cruise ships each year and is one of nine ports of call recognized by the St. Lawrence Cruise Association. 

Present on the territory of the city of Baie-Comeau

  • Theatres
  • Art gallery
  • Municipal library
  • Major junior hockey team
  • 18-hole golf club
  • 5 ice rinks and 2 arenas
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • 8 tennis courts
  • 1 alpine ski centre and 2 cross-country ski centres
  • 1 marina
  • 3 shopping centres
  • Paradise for hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling
  • Local microbrewery and distillery
  • Walking trails along the St. Lawrence River
  • Bicycle path network
  • Trail network for walking and mountain biking
  • Several festivals and activities during the summer

To learn more about life in Baie-Comeau and the services available

Check out the municipal website