As you glide across the water in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, discover the park's intricate islands where colours and shapes blend to create an exceptional landscape. Silent witnesses to the passage of time, the sea-sculpted limestone monoliths are unique locations where large colonies of birds, including the famous Atlantic puffin, have found refuge. Be sure not to miss the delightful variety of plants covering the ground, including many rare species.
To help you discover the riches of our archipelago, interpretive activities are offered in season on the islands as well as at our reception and interpretation centres (theme activities, talks, guided hikes, films). Camping, picnicking and hiking along the many trails are excellent ways to learn more about this island environment. Kayakers will appreciate the short distances between the islands, and deep bays offer boaters choice spots to shelter.
- Opening dates
From mid-June to early September, but several services are available before and after this period
- Varies depending on the service
- General Parks Canada rates. Additional fees apply to some services.
- Recommended for camping and certain services
- Payment methods
- Activities available in summer
There are close to 24 km (15 mi.) of hiking trails distributed over four different islands. Mostly, these trails will take you along the sea, but occasionally they will lead you into the heart of the islands, into the woods, barrens and peat bogs.
The Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan and Havre-Saint-Pierre reception and interpretation centres offer you the opportunity to visit an exhibit, watch a film or attend evening talks.
Petite Île au Marteau and Île aux Perroquets (Parrot Island) are both home to lighthouses and their outbuildings. Although not all of these buildings can be visited, find out more about them by participating in interpretive activities.
National Parks and Wildlife Reserves
The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is made up of a remarkably beautiful scattering of some 40 limestone islands and over 1000 granitic islets and reefs. Discover striking natural sculptures, astonishing plant life and unusual birds.
Pass through the mirror that separates the earthly world from the underwater world. Here you will find plunging underwater reefs covered with oddly shaped and brightly coloured marine plants and animals.
Several boat operators offer sea excursions to help you discover the natural wonders of the Mingan Archipelago.
Thinking of sea kayaking? The Mingan Archipelago gives you access to over 100 km (60 mi.) of navigable waters surrounding the islands and islets.
During breeding season, the Mingan Archipelago shelters about 45,000 seabird couples from 13 different bird species. Several species of whales and seals also live in the waters surrounding the park reserve.
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- How to get there
Via 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.
Once in the Minganie region, from Havre-Saint-Pierre, Mingan or Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, several private boat operators recognized by Parks Canada offer a large selection of services and daily departures to the islands (cruises, excursions, buses, taxis or sea kayaks).
- Affiliations and distinctions
Parks Canada network