Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve


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Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

Address:1340 de la Digue St
Havre-Saint-Pierre, QC G0G1P0

Phone:418-538-3331
Fax:418-538-3595
Phone:888-773-8888
Web: www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/qc/mingan
Size: 151 sq. km, comprising a coastal chain of some 1000 islands and islets.
Established: 1984.
Location:At Havre-Saint-Pierre, 870 km east of Québec City, along the north shore of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Lies between the mouths of the Saint-Jean River to the west and the Aguanish River to the east. Take Hwy 138 from Québec City.
Facilities:Visitor/interpretive center (Havre-Saint-Pierre), Minganie Research and Interpretation Centre (Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan), campgrounds, hiking trails.
Activities:Camping, hiking, sea kayaking, scuba diving, boat tours (May-October), bird watching, whale watching, guided hikes, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Park's dramatic topography features Canada's largest concentration of shoreline arches and grottoes as well as distinctive 500-million-year-old limestone monoliths. More than 200 species of birds can be seen on the islands, including the Atlantic puffin and the common eider. Park also features three types of seals and nine species of cetaceans, including the minke, blue, and humpback whale.

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In 1996, Quebec ornithologist Yves Aubry of the Canadian Wildlife Service alerted us to the fact that during their homeward flight after the breeding season, red knots were refuelling on the beautiful small islands in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, just offshore from Havre St.
Some forty of these islands and islets, spread over nearly one hundred kilometers, were set aside in 1984 by Parks Canada as the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve.