Mingan Archipelago National Park

Mingan Archipelago

In the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, glaciers, wind, waves and other erosive forces have created the largest concentration of monoliths in the country. Almost one thousand islands and islets are scattered across the coastline, shaped into festooned cliffs, caves, arches and rocky sentinels. Explore them by kayak, or for the less adventurous, with a boat tour departing from one of the towns on the north shore of the St Lawrence.

Cost : Park fees: Adult $ 5.80 Senior $ 4.90 Youth $ 2.90 Family/Group $ 14.70 Commercial Group, per person $ 4.90 School Groups, per student $ 1.90

Best time to go : The ideal time to see the greatest number of birds and flowering plants is generally from mid-June to the beginning of July. Note that the second halves of June and August are less crowded with holiday-makers.

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : Various places to eat in regional towns and villages

Official Site : www.pc.gc.ca

Where to Stay : Camping, or B&B’s in the region.

Getting There : By car: take Highway 138 from Quebec (approximately 870 km from Quebec to Havre-Saint-Pierre) By bus: Autobus Intercar links Quebec to Havre-Saint-Pierre via Sept-Iles (Information: Ste-Foy 418-650-0087; Quebec 418-525-3000; Baie-Comeau 418-296-6921; Sept-Iles 418-962-2126).www.intercar.qc.ca By plane : Some airline companies serve the region. Up to Sept-Iles: Air Canada (1-888-247-2262) www.aircanada.ca. From Sept-Iles to Havre-Saint-Pierre: Air Labrador (1-800-563-3042) www.airlabrador.com By boat : the Croisières Relais Nordik Inc. line links Rimouski, Sept-Îles, Port-Menier, Havre-Saint-Pierre, Anticosti island and the Lower North Shore with the Nordik Express (1-800-463-0680)

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