The natural way of learning
The Mingan Archipelago is a learning experience and you don't want to miss a thing! To help you fully appreciate these many islands the park reserve provides a range of activities that are both educational and entertaining.
Let yourself be swept away by the geology, the flora, the fauna and the history of these wonderful islands.
All interpretive activities are presented in French, although some are available in English upon request and availability of staff.
On the Islands
Embark on a voyage of discovery through the archipelago. Your whims and preferences will help you choose from among the large variety of cruises and stopovers offered by local maritime transport services. On certain islands, take advantage of the presence of a Parks Canada interpreter and let yourself be guided.
Yellow lady's-slipper © Parks Canada / Alaïs Nevert
île du Fantôme
Breathe deeply of the open sea air while you follow the trail on Île du Fantôme. An interpreter will help you discover a unique environment: the barrens. Here, in this rocky habitat with its harsh climate, the plants adopt different strategies to ensure their survival-and still contrive to put on a glorious display all over the rugged landscape, throughout the summer season.
Duration: 1 hour
Interpretation by Services Maritimes Boréale
"Bonne Femme" Niapiskau© Parks Canada / Éric Leblanc
The Formation of the Monoliths
The « Anse des Bonnes Femmes » on Île Niapiskau is covered with strange rock formations called monoliths. Discover how these islands and their monuments, witnesses to the passing of time and the unceasing work of Nature, were formed over the millennia.
This is a place for geologists, and our interpreter will help you become one quickly and easily-at least with regards to limestone.
Stones which have long stories to share.
Duration: 1 hour
© Parks Canada / Andréa Saint-Germain
A Diversity of Habitats
Forests, barrens, peat bogs and seashores: these are some of the habitats that Mother Nature has gathered together upon Île Quarry. Follow the guide through one discovery after another, as each step takes you into a different environment.
En route, make the acquaintance of the majestic monoliths who established the reputation of Île Quarry's Anse des Érosions.
You'll need your camera here!
Duration: 1 hour 30 min or 2 hours 15 min
Île Nue de Mingan© Parks Canada / Éric Leblanc
Gifts from the Sea
île Nue de Mingan
When you discover Île Nue de Mingan, you enter into a fascinating universe. With its vegetation prostrated to the ground, its lack of forests and its large surface of gravel, the island offers a strange setting that reminds us of arctic environments.
Let us guide you through its strange monoliths, its unique flora, its numerous shorebirds and its astonishing history on the presence of the Basques in the 17th Century.
Duration: 1 hour
Interpretive activity - ïle aux Perroquets© Parks Canada / Mathieu Dresdell
An island, a lighthouse, seabirds
île aux Perroquets
The lighthouse station is now refurbished. Travel in the footsteps of the lightkeepers who inhabited this island and meet fascinating seabirds. The exhibition inside the foghorn building will tell you more about the daily lives of the lightkeepers and their families. Interpretive panels will help you to discover the importance of the lighthouse station for navigation on the St.-Lawrence.
Durée : 1 heure
Petite Île au Marteau© Parks Canada / Éric Leblanc
An Adventure from one Island to the next
East Sector and Petite île au Marteau
Petite île au Marteau
Enjoy the scenery of this area of the Mingan Archipelago. The Betchouane Migratory Birds Sanctuary of will captivated you. You will find seabirds like Atlantic puffins and Razorbills nesting on the islands. Make a stop on Petite île au Marteau where a trail will lead you to the lighthouse station.
Duration: 4 houirs with a stopover of 1 hour
In the Reception Centres
To wait out bad weather, to answer your questions about the park or to take part in the evening talks, stop by our reception centres in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, where our staff and Parks Canada will be sure to give you a warm welcome.
Fun Evenings (Talks)
Several evenings a week, illustrated talks are held at the Havre-Saint-Pierre or Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan research and Interpretation Centres- an excellent way to discover the various features of the archipelago.
These evenings usually consist of a talk accompanied by a colourful slide show, but on certain nights you can participate in tasting sessions, listen to music or even see a few surprising life forms! One thing is for sure: our dynamic and smiling interpreters will be a big part of your evening.
The Mingan Island Cetacean Study ( MICS ) and Parks Canada, offers exhibitions.
Marine Mammals of the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Islands in the sea
Daily showings of Claude Bélisle's film, The Mingan Islands.