A little history
Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan was founded in 1849 by fishermen from the Gaspésie region. This former fishing station and trading post is now a small fishing village and an Innu community, living in harmony without a border for decades. Mingan, whose name is alleged of Breton origin, means "white stone". Nearby, one finds the Mingan River, part of which is owned by the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit that, since 1983, restore the river and its primary resource, the salmon. The village remains a haven of peace and natural beauty. So if you decide to drop anchor, the Paspayas (descendants of early settlers of the North Shore from Paspébiac, Gaspésie) will be pleased to welcome you.
For your holidays on the North Shore, whether you are single, a couple or a family, Mingan offers a wide range of outdoor activities.
- National Park Reserve of Canada the Mingan Archipelago and reception and interpretation centres of Longue Pointe de Mingan. An essential stop on arrival in the region. Directly at the entrance of the Mingan Archipelago, you can read about the islands of the archipelago and the various attractions of each island. In addition, a virtual exhibition is presented. More information about the National Park Reserve of Canada the Mingan Archipelago
- Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS). The station conducts research studies that focus on the ecology of four species of whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence: minke, humpback, fin and, especially, the blue whale. Its interpretation center on marine mammals combines research and education. Biologists share their knowledge daily with the public, on the boat or at the interpretive center. The research station is the only center on blue whales. More information about the MICS
- Linear park. Directly located on the edge of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Longue Pointe de Mingan enjoys a sandy beach like the one found in the Caribbean. The municipality has built a boardwalk, along the shore, to encourage hiking and to better enable the observation of whales, seals and seabirds.
- Observation and bird photography. Nearly 12 species of seabirds forming 35 000 couples attending the Mingan Archipelago which provides nesting sites safe from predators.
- Salmon fishing.. For sports fishermen, the North Shore is a prime destination. Salmon fishing has been rehabilitated in the rivers surrounding the village.
- Outdoor recreation. The diverse landscape surrounding the village of Longue-Pointe favors outdoor activities. Enjoy it with a vast network of hiking you can explore the local flora and fauna. Whether on foot, bike, canoe or sea kayak, adventure awaits you.
- The Whale Route. Several marine mammals live in the waters of the Mingan Archipelago. Three species of seals are included: the gray seal, harbor seals and harbor seals from Greenland. You can also see several other mammals such as dolphins, porpoises and whales that ply the waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence. The presence of these mammals is simple, they are attracted by the large amounts of plankton and fish that are in the cold waters of the St. Lawrence. In summer the water temperature there hardly exceeds 4 degrees Celsius. Along the coast, it is mostly minke whales that are readily identifiable, usually traveling in groups of 2 to 5 individuals. Further offshore, it is possible to observe other species such as blue whales, humpback and fin whales.
- Discover the Duplessis tourism region. Activities in the area are numerous. Located in the heart of the Duplessis region, you can explore the region from Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan. For more information, we suggest Tourism Duplessis
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