Interpretive activities

Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

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.

Embark on a voyage of discovery through the archipelago. On certain islands, take advantage of the presence of a Parks Canada Heritage Presenter and let yourself be guided. Your whims and preferences will help you choose from among the large variety of cruises and stopovers offered by local maritime transport services.

Île aux Perroquets

An island, a lighthouse, seabirds

Duration: 1 hour

The lighthouse station is now refurbished. Travel in the footsteps of the people who inhabited this island and meet fascinating seabirds. The exhibition inside the foghorn building will tell you more about the daily lives of the light keepers and their families. Interpretive panels will help you to discover the importance of the lighthouse station for navigation on the St.-Lawrence.

Île Nue de Mingan

Île Nue de Mingan

Gifts from the Sea

Duration: 1 hour

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 Innus, Paspayas and the Basques as early as in the 16th Century.

Île Quarry

A Diversity of Habitats

Duration: 1 hour 30 min or 2 hours 15 min

Forests, barrens, peat bogs and seashores: these are some of the habitats gathered to explain the diversity of the ecosystems on Île Quarry. Follow the Heritage Presenter 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.

La « Bonne femme » Niapiscau

Île Niapiskau

The Formation of the Monoliths

Duration: 1 hour

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 the Heritage Presenter will help you become one quickly and easily - at least with regards to limestone.

Petite île au marteau

Eastern sector and Petite île au Marteau

An island hopping adventure

Duration: 4 hours including a 1-hour stopover

Observe and take in the cliffs of this area of the Mingan Archipelago. This is where you can find, among other interesting sites, the Betchouane Migratory Bird Sanctuary where you will be able to catch sight of some nesting seabird species, such as the Atlantic puffin and the Razorbill. Make a stopover on Petite île au Marteau to discover the evolution of the lighthouse station.


  • Interpretive activities are only offered on selected islands.
  • All interpretive activities are offered in French.
  • Activities may be available in English upon request and availability of staff.

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