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
Activities and services at the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve are currenty closed for the winter season and will gradually begin as of June 6th, 2022. 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 May 24th, 2022)
The following activities and services will be offered for the 2022 season.
- Reception and Interpretation centres in Havre-Saint-Pierre and Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan
- Exhibits "Life Stories from the Mingan islands" and "From islands to the sea"
- Parks Canada Shop
- Interpretive activities on Île aux Perroquets, Île Nue de Mingan, Île Quarry and Île Niapiskau
- Geocaching activity
- Xplorers activity
- Hiking trails
- Frountcountry camping
- Ôasis accommodations
- Innu culture activity "Mingan Archipelago: Witness to a Great Nation"
- Boreal Flavor guided hike "Islands' treats"
- Interpretive activity "Le renard et le chardon" (new)
- Citizen science activity (new)
What’s closed (updated May 24th, 2022)
The following activities will not be offered for the 2022 season:
- Evening talks
- Theatrical activity "Under the Light of Marteau"
Camping during COVID-19 (updated May 24th, 2022)
- Booking is mandatory via the Parks Canada Reservation Service for an overnight stay in camping, oTENTiks and Ôasis.
- 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.
- Parks Canada puts in place various measures to ensure health and safety, particularly in terms of maintenance procedures for service buildings, oTENTik tents and Ôasis accommodations.
- Cooking and service items (tableware, pots and pans, cutlery) will not be available for renting in the oTENTik nor the Ôasis for the 2022 season. You must bring your dishes and all the necessary items to prepare your meals.
- 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.
For a convenient stay, make sure to visit the "Your safety when visiting" tab.
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 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.
- Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing restrictions.
- Parks Canada puts in place various measures to ensure health and safety, particularly in terms of maintenance procedures for service buildings.
- 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.
- Wearing a mask is mandatory inside buildings. Scarves, neck warmers and balaclavas cannot replace the mask.
- Kitchen shelters have restricted capacity. Respect the capacity mentionned on every building.
- Respect your family bubble and practice physical distancing by keeping a healthy space 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.