Quebec Has A Park Filled With Monoliths & Puffins That Feels Like A Different Planet

If you ever want to feel like you've travelled to another country — another planet, even — without leaving Quebec, then Réserve de parc national de l'Archipel-de-Mingan is just the place.

It's home to Canada's largest concentration of monoliths, which are basically huge rock formations (these ones are made of limestone).  

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The archipelago is made up of 1,000 islands and islets, which attract incredible flora and fauna. In addition to puffins, it's possible to see whales, seals and more.

Activities include island-hopping on an inflatable boat, hiking, chilling on the beach, and camping or staying overnight in unique accommodations like a lighthouse inn and drop-shaped "duplex." 

Note that not all the activities and accommodations are currently unavailable but are set to begin this summer

The park is located in Côte-Nord so it'll take about 13 hours by car, but you can also fly* to Sept-îles or Havre-Saint-Pierre. As you can see, it's well worth the trek!

Réserve de parc national de l'Archipel-de-Mingan

Price: Varies depending on the season, activities and accommodations

Address: 1340, rue de la Digue, Havre-Saint-Pierre, QC

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

*This article has been updated.