The Mingan Archipelago (Archipel de Mingan in French) is made up of some 40 islands formed from limestone, as well as more than a thousand granitic islets and reefs. It all makes for a breathtakingly beautiful feast for the eyes. Recognizing the great beauty of the area and the need to preserve it, it was established as a Canadian National Park Reserve in 1984.
Because of its location the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is unavailable during the winter time. Its open season is from June to September. To begin your unforgettable stay at this impressive reserve you will want to start your visit by checking out the Mingan Archipelago Information Centre where you can find out everything you need to know to make your stay in the park as enjoyable as possible.
Fees for the park are minimal. For a day trip, adult prices are only $5.45 CAD and $13.60 CAD for the entire family or group. Camping is one of the favorite activities here in the park and camping fees are only $14.95 CAD a night. For group camping, the price is $4.95 per person without showers and $5.90 per person per night with showers available.
If you are interested in visiting the park a lot throughout its open season, you can even purchase seasonal passes for only $27.20 per adult person. This gives you unlimited access to one of Canada’s greatest national wonders all summer long!
Beyond camping there are also many other things to do in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. One of the more popular activities is hiking. There are close to 24 kilometers worth of hiking trails dispersed through four different islands in the Archipelago, making for plenty of fun and excitement to be had. Take it all in with your eyes or bring some binoculars and get an even closer-up view of all the wonder that goes into making this national park everything that it is.
For the more adventurous, there are other options available. You could take a personal tour of the waters of the Saint Lawrence among the islands by renting a boat, kayak or canoe. Rush around these magnificent islands, taking in all the colors, the incredible rock formations and spectacular wildlife as you explore all the glory of the Mingan Archipelago.
For more information you can check out the official web site for Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. It can be found through the official web site of Parks Canada, the overseeing organization. The URL is www.pc.gc.ca. You can give a call to the park itself to find out more straight from the horse’s mouth about the best things to do and see while you’re in the park, and can even get your hands on an exciting Mingan Archipelago Discovery Guide that gives you the downlow on everything you could possibly need to know about this magnificent natural wonder.