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
Phone (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! The park reserve is made up of about 20 main islands as well as a string of beautiful granitic islets.

Hiking, picnics and camping will give you the opportunity to make the most of what the islands have to offer. You can also enjoy boat or sea kayaking excursions as well as stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) in the park reserve.

Admire and photograph the archipelago’s unusual limestone monoliths, which have been sculpted by the sea, as well as light stations, rare plants and astonishing birds. Several islands offer boardwalks, marked trails, shelters, picnic areas and more. Follow your guide to find out more!

Click here for a list of maritime transport services recognized by Parks Canada.


Opening dates

Most maritime transport services are in operation from June to September; however, some are open before and/or after this period. Opening dates and times as well as itineraries are subject to change at the beginning and end of the season.


Schedule

Varies depending on the service

Cost

$6.25/adult, $5.25/senior, free for children (under 18). Additional fees apply to some services. Free admission to exhibitions.

Reservations

Recommended (note that maritime transport services are offered by private companies recognized by Parks Canada)

Payment methods

  • Visa  Visa
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  • American Express  American Express
  • Interac  Interac
  • Cash  Cash

Activities available

National Parks
Discover striking monoliths, astonishing plant life and unusual birds in the park reserve. Boardwalks, trails, shelters, picnic areas and light stations on site. Extend your visit to the park reserve by staying for one or more nights.
Hiking
Nine islands offer boardwalks and hiking trails varying in length, type and degree of difficulty. Explore these trails to discover the water’s edge and the various natural habitats found in the Mingan Archipelago.
Sea Kayaking
Over 100 km (60 mi.) of navigable waters are found within the islands and islets of the Mingan Archipelago. Explore these waters during a guided excursion lasting one or more days. Departure from Québec City also available. Sea kayaks for rent locally.
Sea Excursions
Several 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. Sea kayaking and SUP also available.
Wildlife Observation
During breeding season, the Mingan Archipelago shelters thousands of seabirds. Several species of marine mammals, including whales, dolphins and seals, also live in the waters surrounding these islands.
Interpretation Sites
Many interpretive activities are offered daily on the islands of the Mingan Archipelago. Guided or self-guided hikes, talks and other discovery activities are available on the islands or the mainland, including some in the evenings.
Lighthouses
Immerse yourself in the lives of the lightkeepers on Petite Île au Marteau. You can also enjoy a unique island experience by spending the night in the light station on Île aux Perroquets. Guided day excursions to the island are also available.
Bird Watching
Thousands of seabirds of 13 different species breed in the Mingan Archipelago. Two migratory bird sanctuaries are located within the park reserve. You can approach these sanctuaries during a boat excursion.
Indigenous Heritage
Discover Innu culture during the “Mingan Archipelago: Witness to a Great Nation” activity, which blends the wonders of the natural world with the rich heritage of the Innu. You will be accompanied by a Parks Canada heritage presenter and by members of the Ekuanitshit community.


Services

  • Picnic area
  • No pets allowed
  • Free parking

How to get there

By car or bus: To drive to the park reserve, take Route 138 to the gateway to the Mingan Archipelago. This drive will take you to Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan or Havre-Saint-Pierre through some of the beautiful villages found in the Minganie area.

By plane: You can also fly to the region via Havre-Saint-Pierre or Sept-Îles. If you land in Sept-Îles, you will need to rent a vehicle or take the bus from there.

By boat: Several boat operators offer transportation from Rimouski or the Lower North Shore to Havre-Saint-Pierre. Enjoy being rocked by the waves and exploring various ports along the St. Lawrence during short stops along the way.

Click here for more details on how to get to the park reserve.

Once you arrive in the Minganie area, there are several options for travelling by boat or water taxi to the islands, with daily departures from Havre-Saint-Pierre and Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan. Inquire directly from the companies to find out their schedules.

Click here for a list of maritime transport services recognized by Parks Canada.


Affiliations and distinctions

Affiliations

  • Parks Canada network
  • Tourisme Côte-Nord
  • Corporation de l'île aux Perroquets
  • Escale Havre-Saint-Pierre

Distinction

  • Winner of a regional Québec tourism award for their oTENTik tents (2014)

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