Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

Havre-Saint-Pierre Reception and Interpretation Centre

1010, Promenade des Anciens
Havre-Saint-Pierre (Quebec) Canada
G0G 1P0
Phone:
+418-538-3285
Téléphone (2) :
+418-538-3331 (off season)
Fax:
+418-538-3595
Toll free:
+1-888-773-8888 / Camping reservations: 1-877-737-3783
Email:
information@pc.gc.ca

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Do you love nature, the outdoors and fresh air? There is nothing like a stay in the Mingan Archipelago to recharge your batteries! Hiking, picnics and camping will give you the opportunity to make the most of what the islands have to offer. Admire and photograph the archipelago’s unusual limestone monoliths, lighthouse stations, rare plants and astonishing birds. To learn more about the park reserve, be sure to participate in interpretive activities.

During your stay, don’t forget to visit the reception and interpretation centres in Havre-Saint-Pierre and Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan to meet the staff, visit the exhibits and attend evening talks.

The exhibit at the Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan Reception and Interpretation Centre offers you a virtual and sensory excursion to the westernmost islands in the Mingan Archipelago. Discover the outstanding features of these islands as well as the people who marked their history, Aboriginal artefacts, sealskin, interactive games about the islands’ food chain and seabirds, and more.

The exhibit at the Havre-Saint-Pierre Reception and Interpretation Centre will give you a taste of the outstanding natural and cultural features of the islands. Immerse yourself in island history and the poetry of Roland Jomphe, who won several prizes for his writing. Discover 465-million-year-old fossilized marine organisms that are now extinct. You can observe them with magnifying glasses in display cabinets and on a handling table.


Opening dates

Mid-June to mid-September


Schedule

Varies depending on the service

Cost

General Parks Canada rates. Additional fees apply to some services. Free admission to exhibits.

Reservations

Recommended

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  • Cash  Cash

Activities available

National Parks
The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is made up of a remarkably beautiful scattering of about 40 limestone islands and over 1000 granitic islets and reefs. Discover striking natural sculptures, astonishing plant life and unusual birds in this park reserve.
Hiking
Hiking is possible on nine islands. The trails are varied in length, type and degree of difficulty.

Boardwalks are found on Quarry and Niapiskau islands. There is also a marked (but not maintained) trail on Niapiskau. You can also hike along the shore on the following islands: Île du Fantôme, Grosse Île au Marteau, Grande Île, Île Nue de Mingan and Quarry. Short trails lead to the lighthouse stations on Petite Île au Marteau and Île aux Perroquets.

Hiking on the islands will take you along the sea, and occasionally into the heart of the islands, through the woods and via barrens and peat bogs.
Sea Kayaking
Are you interested in sea kayaking? The Mingan Archipelago gives you access to over 100 km (60 mi.) of navigable waters surrounding the islands and islets. Kayak rentals are not available in the Minganie region at the moment; however, one company offers kayaking excursions from Montréal to the archipelago.

For more information, visit www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/qc/mingan/visit/visit3.aspx.
Sea Excursions
Private companies recognized by Parks Canada offer sea excursions to help you discover the natural wonders of the Mingan Archipelago, with departures from Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan or Havre-Saint-Pierre.

For more information, visit www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/qc/mingan/visit/visit3.aspx.
Wildlife Observation
During breeding season, the Mingan Archipelago shelters thousands of seabirds from 13 different bird species. Several species of marine mammals, including whales, dolphins and seals, also live in the waters surrounding the islands.
Interpretation Sites
A variety of interpretive activities are offered daily from mid-June to mid-September in the East Sector and Petite Île du Marteau as well as on Niapiskau and Quarry islands, Île Nue de Mingan and Île aux Perroquets.

The exhibit at the Havre-Saint-Pierre Reception and Interpretation Centre will give you a taste of the outstanding natural and cultural features of the islands. Immerse yourself in island history and the poetry of Roland Jomphe, who won several prizes for his writing. Discover 465-million-year-old fossilized marine organisms that are now extinct. You can observe them using the magnifying glasses provided in the display cabinets and on a handling table.

The exhibit at the Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan Reception and Interpretation Centre offers you a virtual and sensory excursion to the westernmost islands in the Mingan Archipelago. Discover the outstanding features of these islands as well as the people who marked their history, Aboriginal artefacts, sealskin, interactive games about the islands’ food chain and seabirds, and more.

Visit the foghorn shed on Île aux Perroquets to see the exhibit about this island. Learn about the evolution and modernization of the lighthouse station and the methods of communication used here since 1888. Find out about the way of life of the families and writers who have lived on this island. Admire period household and religious objects as well as photos and personal diaries.
Lighthouses
Petite Île au Marteau is home to a lighthouse station and its outbuildings. Although not all of these buildings are open to the public, you can find out more about them by participating in interpretive activities.

You can also enjoy a unique island experience by spending the night in the lighthouse station on Île aux Perroquets. Packages include exclusive access to the lighthouse, meals featuring local ingredients and more. Every aspect of this experience complies with the principles of sustainable development. You can also visit the exhibit in the foghorn shed and participate in an interpretive activity with a Parks Canada interpreter. Day excursions are also available.

For more information, visit: www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/qc/mingan/activ/perroquets.aspx.
Bird Watching
During breeding season, the Mingan Archipelago shelters several thousand seabirds from 13 different bird species. The largest concentration of terns and commons eiders in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is found here, as are passerines, birds of prey, red knots (rufa subspecies) and Atlantic puffins, among others.

Two migratory bird sanctuaries are located within the park reserve: Betchouane and Watshishou. Boat excursions will take you close to the Betchouane sanctuary.


Services

  • Picnic area
  • No pets allowed

How to get there

Take Route 138 from Québec City (about 870 km or 540 mi.). The region is also accessible by boat or plane, via the Havre-Saint-Pierre port or airport.

Private companies recognized by Parks Canada offer a variety of transportation services to the islands from Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan or Havre-Saint-Pierre.


Affiliations and distinctions

Affiliations

  • Parks Canada network
  • Tourisme Côte-Nord – Duplessis
  • Corporation de l'île aux Perroquets
  • Rendez-Vous Minganie

Distinction

  • Winner of a regional Québec Tourism Award for the oTENTik tents (2014)

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