Havre St. Pierre is a tiny seaside port on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec. It was settled in 1857 by Acadians from the Magdalen Island, and still today locals speak a dialect more similar to Acadian French than to Quebec French. It was originally called Saint-Pierre-de-la-Pointe-aux-Esquimaux until 1927, when it was officially shortened to Havre St Pierre. Until recently the local economy relied mainly on fishing and lumbering, today it is mainly a titanium ore-transhipment port. View more
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Discover the exceptional beauty of the Mingan Archipelago with a boat trip departing from the Havre Saint-Pierre marina and enjoy the scenic cruise which is an experience in itself.
Departing from the Havre-Saint-Pierre marina, this scenic cruise brings you to Île Niapiskau. Walk along a short loop trail with a Parks Canada guide who will help you go back in time to understand the presence of the amazing geological formations surrounding you.
Observe the limestone cliffs and strangely sea-carved monoliths, this tour will provide a fascinating look into the natural history of the area and will tell a story that is nearly 500 million years old. The fascinating limestone sculptures, named by the poet Roland Jomphe, come in a variety of shapes and sizes from the impressive Bonne Femme to the Small Graduating Owl! Île Niapiskau also has a variety of plant life and fossils to discover.
After your walk, board the boat for the return trip and take the time to enjoy the scenery from a brand-new perspective.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking approximately 0.25 miles (0.4 kilometre) and 140 steps to climb up and down. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dressing according to the weather; sturdy shoes no sandals, a windbreaker and appropriate outdoor clothing is recommended. The type of fauna and flora you will see depends on the season you are visiting. Remember to bring water from the ship.
Discover the exceptional beauty of the Mingan Archipelago with a boat trip departing from the Havre-Saint-Pierre marina and enjoy the scenic cruise which is an experience in itself. Every experience will help you feel the rhythm of the Mingan Islands!
Departing from the Havre-Saint-Pierre marina, this special sea excursion aboard a rigid-hull inflatable boat will lead you to Île Quarry. Once on Île Quarry, hike the loop trail with a Parks Canada guide. Discover a natural botanical garden as you walk past a wide variety of habitats such as shoreline, boreal forest, peat bogs, barrens, and cliffs. This island is also home to a former sea cliff, now concealed within the boreal forest. Walk to Anse des Érosions where monoliths, referred to as "flower pots", resist the ravage of time and erosion.
A quick refreshment stop is made before walking the short Des Falaises trail to get back to the boat and enjoy the scenery as you cruise back along the archipelago to return to your ship.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking approximately 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometres) on a well-developed loop trail. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dressing according to the weather; sturdy shoes no sandals, a windbreaker and appropriate outdoor clothing is recommended. The type of fauna and flora you will see depends on the season you are visiting. Remember to bring water from the ship.
This tour may only be reserved by calling Silversea Reservations. Please note that a minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience the pristine natural beauty, abundant flora and flora, and charming historic villages of Anticosti Island during this picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Havre St. Pierre, Flight to Anticosti Island, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Gaspe Peninsula, Flora and Flora
Depart the pier for the short drive to the airport. Upon arrival, receive your safety and flight instructions, board the airplane and begin your approximately 30-minute flight to Anticosti Island. Located in the Gulf St. Lawrence just off the tip of the Gaspe Peninsula, 'Ile d'Anticosti' features lush, natural flora and fauna, along with an abundance of varied and unique wildlife such as the white-tailed deer; introduced to the island in 1896, it now boasts a population of over 166,000 animals. The streams and shorelines are home to brook trout and Atlantic salmon. Over 221 bird species inhabit the island, and it is home to nearly 60% of the known breeding sites of the bald eagle in the province of Quebec.
Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, Villa Menier, Anse aux Fraises, Baie-Sainte-Claire
During your flight, witness the spectacular natural monoliths of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve from a bird's-eye view. Upon arrival at Anticosti, you are greeted and escorted on a picturesque tour of the island. Begin with a drive to the west coast of the island for photo stops in inhabited and historic areas, include the Villa Menier, Anse aux Fraises and the village of Baie-Sainte-Claire.
Port Menier, Lunch, Church Economuseum, Free Time, Return Flight to Havre St. Pierre
Next, re-board your coach and proceed to scenic Port Menier for lunch. After lunch, take a guided walking tour of the village, and stop by the church and historic Economuseum. Following your tour, some free time is made available to explore the village and browse the shops. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach, drive back to the airport and embark your plane for the approximately 30-minute flight back to Havre St. Pierre. Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven and gravel surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the airplane. Walking at Port Menier is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a sweater or light jacket from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.