COVID-19 and your visit to Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about your visit to Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
Reception and interpretation services at the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve will gradually begin as of June 7th, 2021. However, boat operator companies may be operating before this date. Communicate with the different companies to know more about their services.
Refer back to our website for the last updates.
What’s open (updated July 22nd, 2021)
As of June 7
- Reception and Interpretation centre in Havre-Saint-Pierre, Portail Pélagie-Cormier, including the exhibits and the Parks Canada Shop
- Interpretive activities on Île aux Perroquets and Île Nue de Mingan
As of June 14
- Reception and Interpretation centre in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, including the exhibit
- Interpretive activities on Île Quarry and Île Niapiskau
- Frountcountry campsites
As of June 24
- Ôasis accommodations on Île du Havre
What’s closed (updated July 22nd, 2021)
- Interpretive activity on Île du Fantôme
- Interpretive activity of the Eastern sector and Petite Île au Marteau
- The sea excursion “Visit of the Betchouanes with a stopover on Petite île au Marteau”
- The Discovery activities “Boreal Flavours Guided Hike”, “L’archipel de Mingan : Témoin d’un grand people” and the historical hike “Sous la lumière du Marteau”
- Access to the Xplorers chest (Xplorers booklets are available)
- Geocaching activity
- The Ôasis accommodations on La Grande Île will be available only in 2022
Camping during COVID-19
- Parks Canada asks visitors to plan ahead, to be careful, to use its sites with caution and to respect local, provincial or territorial travel restrictions and requirements, as well as the instructions of public health experts, in order to minimize risks of the transmission of COVID-19 and assure everyone’s safety.
- Since most of Parks Canada campsites have shared and common areas, it will not be permitted for visitors to meet COVID-19 self-isolation requirements in national historic sites, national parks, or national marine conservation areas. This includes front-country as well as wilderness and backcountry areas and campgrounds.
- Cooking and service items (tableware, pots and pans, cutlery) are not provided in the oTENTik nor the Ôasis for the 2021 season. You must bring your dishes and all the necessary items to prepare your meals.
- Campgrounds’ pit toilets are available.
- Booking is mandatory via the Parks Canada Reservation Service for an overnight stay in camping, oTENTiks and Ôasis.
- Kitchen shelters have restricted capacity:
Île Nue de Mingan - 5 persons
Petite Île au Marteau, Île Niapiskau and Île Quarry - 11 persons
Île du Havre - 14 persons
- Parks Canada puts in place various measures to ensure health and safety, particularly in terms of maintenance procedures for service buildings. As for visitors, it is requested and expected that they respect the physical distancing and assembly restrictions.
- Should Parks Canada need to cancel a reservation due to COVID-19 closures, the reservation holder would be reimbursed in full. Similarly, should a visitor need to cancel a reservation due to new COVID-19 travel restrictions and health measures that were unforeseen at the time the initial reservation was made, they would be reimbursed in full. However, should an individual need to cancel their reservation for other reasons, including existing COVID-19 travel restrictions and health measures that were in place at the time the reservation was made, regular cancellation fees will apply.
Your safety when visiting
Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic
- The health and safety of visitors and employees is of utmost importance to the Government of Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two metres from others.
- Parks Canada is asking visitors to plan ahead, to be careful, to use its sites with caution and to respect local, provincial or territorial travel restrictions and requirements, as well as the instructions of public health experts, in order to minimize risks of the transmission of COVID-19 and assure everyone’s safety.
- Wearing a mask is mandatory inside buildings. Scarves, neck warmers and balaclavas cannot replace the mask.
- Security is a shared responsibility. Bring your own hygiene supplies (hand sanitizer, wipes, table cloth, etc).
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face. Use hand sanitizer when in public spaces where you must touch surfaces.
- Respect your family bubble and practice physical distancing by keeping a healthy space of two metres between you and others.
- Abide by all travel advisories.
Other safety tips
- If you visit the islands, you will be responsible for your own safety. Locate the nearest emergency shelter and bring an effective means of communication. In the event of an incident or emergency, call 1-888-762-1422 (available 24/7). Note that cellular network could be limited or even non-existent at some places and rescue could be considerably delayed.
- Anyone participating in recreational activities should be extra cautious to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on search and rescue teams and on the health care system.
- Visit the website for information on the distance and difficulty of the trails before leaving in order to choose a trail that is appropriate for your level.
- Security is a shared responsibility. There are no restaurants, canteens or drinking water available on the island. You must bring enough water and food.
- Leave no trace when you visit outdoor and indoor spaces. Dispose of waste by using appropriate garbage containers when you get back on the coast.