Thanks Charles, that is precisely the info I was looking for. Is 138 to Natashquan all paved and in reasonable condition with the exception of standard Hiway repair? How long was the drive from Montreal to Natashquan?
First of all, this is a very remote area, the last Kawasaki dealer is in Sept-Iles. Beyond that your on your own.
About half of the town are French, the other half are native. I am French speaking so I can't comment about English services
Rte 138 is paved until the Natasquan river so Natasquan and Pointe Parent (last town) are paved.
The road condition are as good as in the rest of Quebec. There are about 10 road repair sites between Quebec City and Natasquan. Most of the time the repairs are on bridges. The are setting up a big construction camp in Havre St-Pierre so you will be passing lots of mobile homes and heavy equipment on your way.
The pavement is very abrasive past Sept-Iles so make sure that your tire are new of almost new and check your air pressure. I almost did not make it my front tire is really worn out.
Riding the Cote Nord region is very interesting but you can get thick fog almost any time almost anywhere.
Be sure to pack bug repellent (and don't go for the cheap stuff), solar cream.
Cell phone coverage is less than 50%.
I drove from Sept-Iles to Natasquan in one day and I drove from Sept-Iles to Montreal in one painful day. If you decide to ride in two days, you could drive to Matane, take the ferry to Godbout and drive the last stretch to Sept-Iles. The 2½h ferry ride will allow you to rest.
I decided to drive to Natasquan in 3 days and took the Rte 155 from Trois-Rivière to Roberval and I rode around Lac St-Jean to the north shore of Saguenay river. While this could be done in two day, I choose to ride relaxed and stop for pictures. Be aware that in the summer, there are lots of campers trailer on those roads.
For dining, I can recommend two seafood restaurant:
Chez Julie 1023, rue Dulcinee, Havre St. Pierre, Quebec G0G 1P0, Canada
Chez Omer 372 Av Brochu, Sept Iles, Quebec G4R 2W6, Canada
But the are on the expensive side.
Rte 138 past Havre St-Pierre
Town of Aguinish (native)
Port of Natasquan