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Attractions in western Minganie
The western portion of the Minganie region thoroughly completes the notion that the region is “generous by nature.” Read along to unearth some of the attractions that define this part of our vast region.

Cetacean Study Centre, SRIM

© Marc Loiselle, ACSL

Mingan island cetacean study centre

This non-profit research organization, founded in 1979 by Richard Sears and located at Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, is dedicated to the ecological study of marine mammals. The centre offers visitors the chance to see lifesize sculptures of marine mammals, and to ask biologists onsite about these giant creatures. The centre also offers the public the opportunity to take part in research sessions on the gulf.

Really get to know these giants of the water world!

Exhibition "From the island to the sea", Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan

© Jacques Gélineau, Parcs Canada

parks CANADA welcome centre

While in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, stop over at the Parks Canada welcome centre. The attendants always look forward to informing visitors on the activities and services available across the territory of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. This will enable you to better plan your stay in the region and tailor it along the things you want to do to make it a memorable experience.
Seize the opportunity to see “Islands in the sea,” a new exhibit on the Mingan Archipelago’s “treasures” and the marine environment surrounding the region’s islands.

Enjoy your voyage to the “Islands in the sea!”

Ekuanitshit Chuch, Mingan

© Marc Loiselle, ACSL

Mingan church

Step inside this church, and everything about the lifestyle and culture of Mingan’s Innu people will be revealed to you. Mingan translates into “Ekuanitshit” in Montagnais, which means “take care of the place where you live.”

You will no doubt fall under the spell of this community’s charming little church awash in Innu art.

Immerse yourself in Innu culture!

Rivière-au-Tonnerre' church

© Marc Loiselle, ACSL

Rivière-au-Tonnerre church

The church in Rivière-au-Tonnerre is an impressive century-old wooden church restored in the 1970s. You will be wowed by the craftsmanship of the townspeople, who sculpted the arches, columns and other decorative elements with their pocketknives.

Come assemble in this magnificent place of worship!

Chicoutai House (cloudberry)

© Charlotte Cormier

maison de la chicoutai

While in Rivière-au-Tonnerre, take the time to stop at “Maison de la Chicoutai.” This award-winning establishment is a must-visit on Québec’s taste trail, “La route des saveurs.”

The establishment promotes the fruit for which the region is known, the cloudberry, and its myriad applications. Discover the countless faces of this marshland fruit that primarily grows in nordic countries.

Come taste our local berries!

Manitou fall

© Stéphanie Élias

MANITOU waterfalls

Some 35 km west of Rivière-au-Tonnerre, you’ll find a spectacular 35 m waterfall at the end of the interpretive hiking trail. A tourist information centre and a picnic area make it an ideal rest spot at the doorstep of the Minganie region.

A stopover worth stopping for!

Waterfalls of the Rivière au Tonnerre

© Charlotte Cormier


A groomed trail leads you to a lookout at the first waterfall providing a magnificent view of the nearby town. Adventurers can continue hiking just a few kilometres more to reach the next waterfall, which drops an impressive 33 m. This waterfall is probably the source of the thundering sounds that inspired the river’s name.

A hike that will lead to a magnificent discovery!

Hydroelectric power plant, Magpie

© Charlotte Cormier


It is the site of a new 40-megawatt mini hydroelectric power plant, located near Route 138, that replaced the old 2-megawatt plant built in 1958.

A magnificent groomed hiking trail just west of the river leads to a lookout and picnic area overlooking the mini power plant, a tribute to Québec ingenuity. The hike provides visitors with the opportunity to observe some of the region’s resources and to enrich their knowledge of the area by browsing the informative panels stationed along the trail.

At Magpie, the current passes ! ...
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