COVID-19 and your visit to Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.
Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Update for July 13, 2020 - Re-opening of some national historic sites
As of July 13, some national historic sites will re-open with limited visitor services. Locations may reduce the number of visitors allowed to enter at one time, to ensure physical distancing. Some areas, rooms or buildings may remain closed for health and safety reasons.
Plan ahead by checking the location’s website before you travel.
Update for June 1, 2020 - Gradual reopening of Parks Canada places
As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country.
- As of June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada places near you.
- Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
- Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
We will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.
You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.
Update for June 17, 2020 - Camping resumption
Starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.
Important information about your visit to COVID-19 and your visit to Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
Visitors should check the Parks Canada website regularly for updates and information on services available and reservation windows.
To make a new reservation for an oTENTik tent, please call 418 538-3285 Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Availability to reserve an oTENTik tent is limited. There are only a few places left between the end of August and September 10.
The maximum capacity is 6 peoples per oTENTik. Be sure to follow public health guidelines for group formation. A 24-hour break time is left between two reservations.
The islands are only accessible by boat. Maritime transport services are limited for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Book in advance with a boat operator recognized by Parks Canada to access the campgrounds (fees apply).
It is prohibited to access the park with boat operators which are not holder of a license for commercial exploitation issued by Parks Canada.
No taxi boat service is offered to Grande île for the Havre à Petit-Henri and Barachois Montpetit campgrounds for the 2020 season. You can only access to the island if you have your own boat or by through the kayak company Noryak Aventures.
The opening of the Ôasis accommodations has been postponed to 2021.
What’s open (updated July 13, 2020)
The visit and the services at Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve are different than it has been in the past.
Visitors have now access to the services and facilities on the following islands: Nue de Mingan, Grande île, Quarry, Niapiskau, Havre et Petite île au Marteau.
The services are:
- Hiking trails;
- Day-use areas, picnic areas and emergency shelters;
- Pit toilets;
- Docks on the following islands: Nue de Mingan, Quarry, Niapiskau and Petite île au Marteau;
- Camping facilities on the following islands: Nue de Mingan, Grande île, Quarry, Niapiskau, Havre and the traditional camping sites;
- oTENTik tents on Quarry island;
- short interpretive activities posted on:
- île aux Perroquets | Theme : Birds | Location : sector at the bottom of the cliff
- île Nue de Mingan | Theme : Geology and fossils | Location : sector of the monoliths
- île Quarry | Theme : Flora and habitats | Location : sector of Anse aux Érosions
- île Niapiskau | Theme : Geology, fossils and the poet Roland Jomphe | Location : sector of Anse des Bonnes Femmes
- The duration of the activities is approximately 20 minutes.
- Reception and Interpretation Centre located in Havre-Saint-Pierre
- Sunday to Saturday
- 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- June 29 to August 21, 2020
- 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- August 22 to September 11, 2020
- Reception and Interpretation Centre located in and Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan
- Sunday to Saturday
- 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- June 30 to September 11, 2020
- Reception kiosk located in Aguanish
- Sunday to Saturday
- 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- June 29 to September 19, 2020
- Reception kiosk located in Baie-Johan-Beetz
- Sunday to Saturday
- 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- July 6 to September 7, 2020
Marine transport services have also been modified. In order to ensure the availability of transportation to access the national park reserve’s islands, visitors are encouraged to reserve in advance with a Parks Canada-accredited company.
We invite visitors to watch for signs indicating a direction for traffic on some trails, the Parks Canada outdoor etiquette and to respect the physical distance of two metres. When using any infrastructure, we ask visitors to take the recommended hygiene measures and respect the physical distance of two metres to protect your health and safety.
What’s closed (updated July 13, 2020)
- The expositions
- Interpretive activities on île Fantôme and Petite île au Marteau.
- Discovery activities are cancelled for the season.
- The docks on the following islands: Perroquets, Grande île and Fantôme.
- The camping facilities of île à la Chasse
Your safety when visiting
- If you visit the islands, you will be responsible for your own safety. Locate the nearest emergency shelter and bring an effective means of communication. In the event of an incident or emergency, call 1 888 762 1422 (available 24/7).
- The health and safety of visitors and employees is of utmost importance to the Government of Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two meters from others.
- Parks Canada is asking Canadians to be cautious in their use of these places, to observe any regional or provincial travel restrictions and to respect any closures that are in place. Anyone participating in recreational activities should be extra cautious to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on search and rescue teams and on the health care system.