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Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada

Interpretive Activities

Interpretive Activity on île du Fantôme
Île du Fantôme
© Parks Canada / Jacques Pleau
Learning Naturally

 The Mingan Archipelago is a learning experience. To help you fully appreciate this multitude of islands-and you don't want to miss a thing!-the Park 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 this corner of creation.

Either on the islands or in the reception centres located on the coast. Allow Mother Nature to be your guide.

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.

Daily Activities

Cypriède Jaune
Yellow lady's-slipper
© Parks Canada / Alaïs Nevert

Unusual Flora
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.

Length: 1 hour

La « Bonne femme » Niapiscau
"Bonne Femme" Niapiskau
© Parks Canada / Éric Leblanc

The Formation of Monoliths
île Niapiskau

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.

Length: 1 hour

Monoliths on île Quarry
© Parks Canada / Andréa Saint-Germain

A Diversity of Habitats
île Quarry

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!

Length: 1:30

Île Nue de Mingan 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.

Length: 1 hour

Weekly Activities (Long-Hiking)

Treasure along the Shoreline

Petite île au marteau
Petite Île au Marteau
© Parks Canada / Éric Leblanc

Petite île au Marteau

Photography, ornithology and observing wildlife are but a few of the activities you can practice along the shore. High tide, low tide-nothing remains the same at the water's edge.

Come and discover a fascinating world of molluscs, shells, seabirds, plants, sand and pebbles. An outing for the whole family.

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.


At Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan

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.