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The Mingan Archipelago in Vanlife, views to delight!

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  • 6 Nights - 7 Days
  • Double occupancy
  • June 24 - September 14 2024

Whether traveling alone or as a couple, the experience-seeking traveler will find a wealth of discoveries in this package in the land of the Innu and the Acadians. At their own pace, they can observe the peat bogs and taiga that unfold along Route 138. It looks like a dessert seen from the road. However, if you take the time to stop and bend down, you’ll see that on this arid soil lies a miniature, fertile life of moss and lichen, fruit and tiny conifers. All bursting with vitality! Depending on the time of year, blueberries, crowberry, raspberries, la chicoutai, cloudberry, Labrador tea, juniper and seaweed all contribute to the flavours of the North Shore. This flora stretches from the mountains to the sea, incorporating miles of barely-visited beaches. The immensity of this land-sea landscape leaves us contemplative, with a feeling of being at the end of the world!

You’ll discover this place on your own, where it’s said that time stands still! From your first day in the Sept-Iles Archipelago, you’ll travel hundreds of kilometers along the fabulous Gulf of St. Lawrence, so generously accessible from one place to another that you’ll be free to walk its beaches and even swim in some of its reclusive bays.

Swimming? A surprise? Let’s not forget that this Coast, located on the 50th parallel, is bathed in southern sunshine. While the weather is generally fine in summer and autumn, you can be sure to avoid the heatwave that is typical of large urban centers further south in summer.

FROM $1929/pers Occ. Double, + taxes.

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Included:

  • 2 round-trip PARR tickets from Montreal and Quebec City to Sept-Iles
  • Rental of a fully-equipped van for the duration of your stay
  • Activities and excursions:
    • - Croisière du Capitaine, Old Post Office and Regional Museum (Sept-Iles)
    • - Manitou Falls and COSTE welcome cocktail
    • - Road trip audio companion on CD or USB key
    • - Guided visit of historic church with a local Coaster (Rivière-su-Tonnerre)
    • - Cruise in the Mingan Islands (Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan)
    • - Mingan Island excursion (Havre-Saint-Pierre)
    • - Maisons Vigneault and Vieille École (Natashquan)
  • Admission to Parc de l’Archipel (Havre-Saint-Pierre)
  • Applicable taxes and fees.

Not included:

  • Developed campsites
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel and cancelation insurance
  • Baggage handling fees
  • $20 contribution in support of the Co-Op for Sustainable Tourism
PRACTICAL TIPS:

BE SURE TO BRING:

Hiking boots, rain gear, wool sweater, windbreaker, binoculars, short and long pants, camera, batteries, flashlight, personal medication, sunglasses, pocket knife, daypack, driver’s license, proof of insurance (FAQ 27 if applicable) for rental car.

REMEMBER: There is no cellular service between Sept-Iles and Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan and between Havre-Saint-Pierre and Natashquan. Not all villages sell gas. The long distances between gas stations means you must refuel in the villages that offer the service before leaving for the next destination. Be careful – there is wildlife on the road!.

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Your 6-night / 7-day program

Sea, wide open spaces, villages and their people: Sept-Iles, Rivière-au-Tonnerre, Magpie, Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Mingan, Havre-Saint-Pierre, Baie-Johan-Beetz, Aguanish, Natashquan and Kegaska.

Day 1Sept-Iles - Riviere Bouleau (83 KM)

  • Arrival in Sept-Iles on Air Liaison flight;
  • take possession of the rental van provided by Aventure 138;
  • purchase of local foods at the market and at one of the local fishmongers;
  • cruise in the Sept-Iles archipelago.

Lunch at leisure, visit to the Old Post Office and the Côte-Nord regional museum, dinner at leisure, bedtime on one of the region’s magnificent beaches!

Suggestion 

Discover Rivière Bouleau (km #1068) en route to Rivière-au-Tonnerre.

Day 2Rivière Bouleau - Rivière au Tonnerre (39 KM)

  • Hike on the Bouleau River site;
  • Stop and visit of the Manitou Falls with road CD;
  • Welcome cocktail at Voyages COSTE;
  • Free lunch;
  • visit to the impressive Rivière au Tonnerre waterfalls;
  • guided tour of the imposing St-Hypolithe Church, for which Rivière-au-Tonnerre is famous;
  • free evening meal;
  • sunset on one of Rivière-au-Tonnerre’s magnificent beaches.

Day 3Rivière au Tonnerre - Longue Pointe de Mingan (52 KM)

  • Drive to Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, with a stop in the charming village of Magpie;
  • visit the dam on the tumultuous Rivière Magpie and stop off at the church to meet a Côte-Nord craftswoman and admire various products;
  • hike along the village’s magnificent beaches and contemplate the landscape with a keen eye for the greeting of the minke whale;
  • We continue on to Longue Pointe de Mingan, with the possibility of stopping at the Pourvoirie de la Rivière-St-Jean to plan a day’s fishing.

Arrival at Longue Pointe de Mingan, where you’ll be met for an excursion to the Mingan Islands archipelago-west sector (a national Park Canada reserve) to visit Île aux Perroquets and Île Nue. Birdwatching, particularly for puffins and monoliths, will make for a memorable end to the day.

Free meals. The sound of the waves is the sound of bedtime, as you’ll be parked on the long beach of Longue Pointe de Mingan.

Day 4Longue Pointe de Mingan - Natashquan (201 KM)

After breakfast in your converted van, you’re ready to hit the road again, bound for Havre-St-Pierre. Along the way, you’ll come across the Maison de la Culture Innue, the gateway to the Mingan community. We recommend a stop to learn about Innu culture and taste local products.

Once in Havre-St-Pierre, you’ll be met at the Portail Pélagie Cormier for the Croisière Jomphe, which lasts 4 hours and 20 minutes.

  • Lunch on your own;
  • Drive to Natashquan, stop and visit Baie-Johan Beetz (boardwalk);
  • Drive to Aguanish;
  • stop at tourist information office and quick tour of Aguanish.
  • Arrive and settle in Natashquan;
  • evening meal on your own.

A serviced campground is available at Natashquan.

Day 5Natashquan - Kegaska (44 KM)

  • Meals on your own;

Natashquan visit the old school and the Vigneault houses for some inspiration. Drive to the end of Route 138 East in the small village of Kegaska to visit the Brion site and take a few photos at the sign for the end of Route 138 East.

Weather permitting, you can take a dip in the Natashquan River and enjoy some free time to contemplate the scenery. Otherwise, you can pick berries in the local peatland to sample the local flavours.

You can spend the evening between Natashquan and Aguanish along the beaches, enjoying these peaceful, secluded spots.

Day 6Natashquan - Rivière-St-Jean (218 KM)

Today you start your return trip west. You’ll be able to take the time you need to discover the sites that couldn’t be done downstream, or to soak up the stories.

Tonight, you’ll still be able to fall asleep to the sound of the waves somewhere in the vicinity of a North Coast fishing village.

Day 7Rivière-St-Jean - Sept-Iles (158 KM)

  • Return of the van to the airport;
  • scheduled flight to Montreal or Quebec City (end of program).
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