Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

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Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
Map showing the location of Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
Location of Mingan Archipelago in Canada
Location Havre-Saint-Pierre / Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Minganie Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada
Nearest city Sept-Îles, Quebec
Coordinates 50°13′N 63°10′W / 50.217°N 63.167°W / 50.217; -63.167Coordinates: 50°13′N 63°10′W / 50.217°N 63.167°W / 50.217; -63.167
Area 151 km2 (58 sq mi)
Established 1984
Visitors 28,862 (in 2007[1])
Governing body

Parks Canada

Official name Site patrimonial de l'Archipel-de-Mingan
Type Declared heritage site
Designated 1978-11-15
Reference no. 93529[2]

The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is a national park reserve located in the eastern area of Quebec, Canada, on the north shore of Gulf of St. Lawrence. It features the Mingan Archipelago, a chain of around 40 islands.

La Grande Dame monolith, 2003

The islands formed as the continent slowly rose after the last glaciation. Over the course of the last few thousand years, the limestone rocks were slowly eroded by the waves, the changing sea level and the winds, as well as seasonal freezing and thawing. The result is a unique set of limestone sculptures, which form the largest group of such monoliths in Canada.[3]

Mingan Archipelago was represented in the 2011 documentary film series National Parks Project, with its film directed by Catherine Martin and scored by Sebastien Grainger, Jennifer Castle and Dan Werb.


Animals that inhabit this national park are beavers, river otters, muskrats, silver foxes, red squirrels, snowshoe hares, red foxes, ermines, certain species of bats and a number of small rodents. Occasionally, black bears and moose can be found on certain islands near the coast. Birds found on the islands include warblers, buntings, bald eagles, ospreys, passerines, eiders, terns, puffins, razorbills, and shorebirds. Marine animals that inhabit offshore are grey seals, minke whales, dolphins, harbour seals, humpback whales, porpoises, fin whales, and harp seals.

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  1. ^ "Parks Canada Attendance 2003-04 to 2007-08" (PDF). Parks Canada. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  2. ^ "Site patrimonial de l'Archipel-de-Mingan". Répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mingan Archipelago Natural Heritage". Parks Canada. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 

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