Depart Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan in an 8- to 12-passenger vessel heading for Île aux Perroquets. Approaching the island, spot the iconic red and white lighthouse buildings in the distance. See Atlantic puffins and razorbills—hundreds of them! Some form rafts on the water, while others fly low over the ocean surface.

While on the island, a Parks Canada interpretive guide leads you through the fascinating lives of lighthouse keepers who, since 1888, have helped prevent numerous shipwrecks. The tide begins to rise. Seabirds return to the steep cliffs, bringing home the catch of the day to feed their young. As you head back to sea via Île Nue de Mingan, curious seals frolic close to the boat. The captain slows to allow passengers to enjoy the show. The lunar landscapes of Île Nue begin comes into view revealing surreal limestone monoliths. Exposed to the wind, the island’s vegetation has adapted to the arid conditions of this extraordinary habitat called the "barrens".

A quick visit from a friendly whale would add the finishing touch to an idyllic outing!

Atlantic puffin with its wings spread surrounded by three of its friends

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