Havre St. Pierre, Canada

Introduction to Havre St. Pierre

Home to an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty, from lakes, rivers and forests to whales, seals and seabirds, Havre St. Pierre is a nature lover’s dream.

The traditional French-speaking town of Havre St Pierre is an expression of rural Canada, a quaint fishing and lumbering centre that boasts pretty landscapes, charming little avenues and an extensive history and heritage.

Known locally as Pointe-aux-Esquimau, Havre St Pierre was first settled by Acadians – French speaking American settlers – who had originally been deported from Savannah, Georgia. As a result, the town’s culture and dialect is unique and differs from that of Quebec, where traditional French is spoken rather than Acadian French.

Be sure to explore the incredible Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada, a beautiful section of the Gulf of St. Lawrence’s northern shore. The park is spread over 30 limestone islands in the Mingan Archipelago and is home to over 1000 granite islets, reefs and stunning rock formations.

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Ekuanitshit Innu Village, Havre St. Pierre

EKUANITSHIT INNU VILLAGE (TOUR F)

  • Immerse yourself into Innu Culture
  • Discover the spell of the community’s welcoming charm
  • Sample the unique taste of a traditional Immu meal
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS
LimitationLIMITED CAPACITY
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

A visit to the Innu community, Ekuanitshit, leads you to a time back when the first European settlers arrived. Highlights include discovering a major fishing and trading post, enjoying traditional Innu food and a visit to the Innu church.

As you travel by coach, you travel alongside the seaway on route 138 to the town Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan to discover the natives. This Innu community is one of the First Nations to have lived on the land about 5,000 years before the first Europeans arrived in North America. Mingan was a major fishing and trading post for the Hudson Bay Company. It is now also known as Ekuanitshit, which means ‟take care of the place where you live”.

Treat yourself to some traditional Innu food (it doesn’t get any more natural than this) and drop in for a visit to their magnificent church. The church is decorated entirely with Innu art and provides a magical glimpse into the mysteries of Innu culture and the people.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately one and a half hours of walking at the Innu Village, most of which is over uneven ground with many steps to encounter. We do not recommend this tour to wheelchair guests or those with limited mobility. For your information the journey time to the Innu Community is approximately 40 minutes. The tour is fully guided. Insect repellent is also advisable.


Mingan Archipelago National Park by Seaplane

HAVRE-ST-PIERRE & MINIGAN ARCHIPELAGO BY SEAPLANE (TOUR G)

  • Be blown away by a breath-taking 30 minute flight over the Mingan Archipelago National Park
  • Discover a completely different angle of the unique landscape which surrounds you
Price£100.00 - £150.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR (30 MINUTES FLYING)
LimitationLIMITED CAPACITY

You will be taken by private vehicle to the seaplane base on Des Plaines Lake, located a few minutes east of Havre-St-Pierre. After boarding your Beaver DHC-2 aircraft, you begin your breath-taking, 30 minute flight over the chain of islands, famous for its unique geological formations.

Gaze through your plane’s windows to witness views of the town of Havre-St-Pierre, the surrounding forest, peat bogs and lakes, and the western part of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, including its interestingly shaped monoliths. You will also see Perroquets Island, with its lighthouse and houses.

Your fascinating flight concludes as you return to the airbase and re-join your minivan for the brief transfer to the pier and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The pilot will decide seating arrangements - please note that not all guests may be seated next to a window, although we are assured that everyone will enjoy a good view. Please note that there is usually commentary during the flight. This tour is dependent upon safe flying conditions, and can be cancelled at the pilot’s discretion. Visibility, views and the route taken will depend upon weather conditions. The flying time advertised is approximate.


Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

NIAPISKAU ISLAND - DAUGHTER OF THE SEA (TOUR D)

  • Discover the origin of the monoliths - age-old monuments carved in limestone.
  • Enjoy a guided walk of this fascinating Island
  • Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife
Price£65.00-£75.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLIMITED CAPACITY
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Niapiskau Island will have you encountering different limestone formations and learning about the geology of the Mingan archipelago. Highlights include sea-carved monoliths, a variety of plant species and fossils.

The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is located beyond the 50th parallel along the North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and is home to the largest concentration of erosion monoliths in Canada. Thanks to the variety of habitats found on each island, more than 480 vascular plants species can be found here in an area smaller than 100 square kilometres. On one island alone, you can find shoreline, cliffs, boreal forest, wetlands and barrens. The resulting plant life and wildlife is amazing and is waiting to be discovered!

Departing from the Havre-Saint-Pierre marina, you board your private covered vessel for an approximate 45 minute cruise to the exceptionally beautiful of Niapiskau Island.

Upon arrival, walk along a short loop trail with a certified Parks Canada guide who will help you go back in time to understand the presence of the amazing geological formations surrounding you.

As you observe limestone cliffs and strangely sea-carved monoliths, this tour will provide a fascinating look into the natural history of the area and will tell a story that is nearly 500 million years old. These fascinating limestone sculptures, named by the poet Roland Jomphe, come in a variety of shapes and sizes from the impressive Bonne Femme to the Small Graduating Owl!

Niapiskau Island also has a variety of plant life and fossils waiting to be discovered.

After your walk, you re-board your boat for the return trip, a great opportunity to take the time to enjoy the scenery from a brand-new perspective.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is approximately 415 metres of walking over uneven ground and sand shorelines as well as approximately 25 steps to encounter. You board the boat via a slight inclined gangway. We recommend wearing warm, layered clothing and sturdy, comfortable footwear. Insect repellent is also advisable. Please note, we cannot guarantee what flora or fauna will be seen here.


Light House Trail, Havre St. Pierre

PETITE ÎLE AU MARTEAU – THE LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL (TOUR C)

  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery and shoreline of Havre-Saint-Pierre by boat
  • Visit the lighthouse and learn about the life of a lighthouse keeper
Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 3 1/2 HOURS
LimitationLIMITED CAPACITY
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Witnesses to ancient times, the lighthouse and its houses add charm and character to this unique environment of Petite île au Marteau. The island is a fantastic place to observe seabirds, ice-wedge polygons, fossils and beautiful cliffs.

Île au Marteau (Hammer Island), part of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, is located beyond the 50th parallel. It is home to the largest concentration of monoliths in Canada and thanks to the variety of habitats found on each island more than 480 vascular plant species can be found here in an area smaller than 100 square kilometres. On one island alone, you can find shoreline, cliffs, boreal forest, wetlands and barrens. The resulting plant life and wildlife is amazing and waits to be discovered.

Departing from the Havre-Saint-Pierre marina, you board a private covered vessel for an approximate 20 minute cruise to the exceptionally beautiful island of Petite île au Marteau.

Upon arrival, your friendly Parks Canada guide will lead you along a walking trail that will take you out to the lighthouse station. This easy-to-moderate-walk will allow you to discover the flora of the island and the lighthouse which has helped prevent shipwrecks since 1915.

On your way to the lighthouse station, stop at the lookouts and enjoy the panoramic views offered by the sea-shaped limestone cliffs of Grosse île au Marteau. Walk by the barrens where you will find arctic-alpine plant life. Learn how these plants are exceptionally adapted to harsh conditions and why they are uncommon too far south.

Once at the lighthouse, a light snack will be served while the life of the lighthouse keepers will be revealed as well as the secrets of the shoreline!

 

After your walk, re-board your boat and enjoy the scenery as you cruise back to your awaiting ship.DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 CANADA

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately one and a half miles of walking over gravelled terrain and approximately 25 steps to negotiate. There will be approximately three steps to negotiate to board the boat. Please note, we cannot guarantee what flora or fauna will be seen. It is not possible to climb to the top of the lighthouse. The small snack will consist of a granola bar and bottled water. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing. Insect repellent is also advisable.


Quarry Island, Havre St. Pierre

ZODIAC & WALKING TOUR OF QUARRY ISLAND (TOUR E)

  • Enjoy a thrilling ride in a Zodiac
  • Discover the delights of Quarry Island with your Parks Canada Guide
  • Marvel at the beauty of this amazing landscape
Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 3 3/4 HOURS
LimitationLIMITED CAPACITY
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

A visit to the heart of Quarry Island leads you through many different habitats and reveals the fascinating inland cliffs. The crossing over is sure to dazzle, as it leads to a gripping encounter with the dramatic Pot de Fleurs.

The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is located beyond the 50th parallel along the North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and is home to the largest concentration of erosion monoliths in Canada. Thanks to the variety of habitats found on each island, more than 480 vascular plants species can be found here in an area smaller than 100 km2. On one island alone, you can find shoreline, cliffs, boreal forest, wetlands and barrens. The resulting plant life and wildlife is amazing and waits to be discovered.

Departing from the Havre-Saint-Pierre marina, this special sea excursion aboard a 24 passenger zodiac, will take you to Quarry Island. As you cruise along Fantôme Island you will see amazing limestone formations which characterise this unique island.

Once on Quarry Island, you will hike the loop trail (approximately 1.5 miles) with your Parks Canada guide. Discover a natural botanical garden as you walk past a wide variety of habitats such as shoreline, boreal forest, peat bogs, barrens, and cliffs. This island is also home to a former sea cliff, now concealed within the boreal forest. You will also walk to Anse des Érosions where monoliths, referred to as “flower pots” resist the ravage of time and erosion.

An amazing journey awaits you!

Your concluding walk will take you along the short Des Falaises trail to reach your zodiac for your return journey to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. There is approximately two and a half hours of walking over uneven, sand shoreline.  Lifejackets are provided. Insect repellent is also advisable. Please note, we cannot guarantee what flora or wildlife will be seen here.


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