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attractions in eastern Minganie
As you journey through the following lines, you will discover that the eastern portion of the Minganie region is not only generous by nature, but also rich in culture.

Before 1996, this part of the region was not connected to the road network from Havre-Saint-Pierre on, largely because of the numerous bridges required to cross the magnificent rivers you can now discover by car.

Wishing you an enjoyable drive!

Castle of Baie-Johan-Beetz

© Marc Loiselle, ACSL

“Baie-Johan-Beetz” manor

It stands proudly in the centre of the town of Baie-Johan-Beetz, anchoring its enchanting surroundings. The townspeople refer to it as the “castle,” in honour of the Belgian aristocrat and naturalist Johan Beetz, who had a profound influence on the town.

This grand manor from a bygone era, built in 1897 and declared a historical monument in 1979, will make you relive the history of this great man and the town named after him.

''The Galets'' of Natashquan

© Marc Loiselle, ACSL

“GALETS” fishing camp

Known as the “Magasins du Galet,” this strip of a dozen small buildings mysteriously yet bravely huddled together on a peninsula, greets you on the outskirts of town.

Over time, this place commonly referred to as the “Galets” became the town’s symbol, and was recently declared a historical site by the government of Québec.

Their granite foundations since polished by the tide, these former fishing warehouses have weathered time, winds and sea mist. Once owned by the fishermen of Natashquan and used to store tackle, salt and dry cod, and stow seal oil, they now belong to small independent local fisheries.

Interpretation Centre ''Le Bord du Cap''

© D. Poitras, ATR Duplessis


This replica of the Natashquan general store houses 35 themes timelining the town’s history, as well as a space dedicated to local traditional music, especially the songs of Natashquan’s own Gilles Vigneault, the famous Québec poet.

You’ll come across the centre as you walk along the “early settlers trail,” a magnificent boardwalk stretching the length of the bay of Natashquan. A visit is a must to really familiarize yourself with the local lifestyle.

The Old School of Natashquan

© Charlotte Cormier

“VIEILLE ÉCOLE” schoolhouse

This is where the celebrated Québec poet and singer-songwriter Gilles Vigneault got his first taste of the classroom.

Now converted into a museum, this old schoolhouse houses an exhibit on Vigneault, who sang and wrote about his region and some of the colourful people who inhabited it.

A tour of the schoolhouse will introduce you to people who actually existed, and through Vigneault’s songs, you will gain a better understanding of how they lived. Songs about fishing, hunting and trapping, relations between aboriginals and non-aboriginals, secrets, dancing and music, and departures... You’ll feel the spirit of those who shaped the life and history of Natashquan.
Visitors often leave this schoolhouse filled with emotion, making it a meaningful way to discover Natashquan.

''Trait de scie'', Aguanish

© Mélissa Bélanger

Seasoned guides will help you experience a stunning adventure during an excursion along the Aguanus river, leading to a sawtooth shaped canyon along which the river runs until it reaches a third waterfall. The excursion combines motor boating on the river, with hiking along boardwalked or natural trails bordering the water.

During this 2- to 3-hour family adventure, you’ll also be able to admire giant holes drilled into the riverbed by the river current and rocks propelled by the turbulence. The holes are so polished they look like cooking pots, hence, their nickname, “the devil’s cooking pots.”

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