Things to do in and around Sept-Îles, Quebec

Once you’ve booked your Magpie River Adventure, you’ll want to take advantage of your trip to Quebec’s remote, rugged and stunning Côte-Nord (North Shore) region. We can help.

This list of 7 things to do in Sept-Îles before and after your trip was created with the help of our experts in the region. It’s an insider’s guide to what’s cool and interesting in Sept-Îles.

1) Visit the reason it’s called Sept-Îles:

Sept-Îles, or seven islands, got its name from the 7 islands that guard its harbour. The archipelago is now a nature reserve and you can hike and camp on the closest island, Île Grande Basque.

2) The Vieux-Poste

Sept-Îles’ old trading post was excavated and restored. It now houses a museum that tells the story of the fur trade and the Innu-European relationship in the region. Learn more about the Vieux-Poste. The site is only in French, but if you have questions, please contact us. We’ll be able to help.

3) Road trip to the end of the road

Sept-Îles was only connected to the rest of Quebec in 2013. You can drive along the spectacular north shore to the end of the road and visit the 138-person town of Kegaska, Quebec. The drive is spectacular.

4) Visit Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

A 2-hour drive east from Sept-Îles, the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is a geographical wonder comprised of boreal forest, a rich coastline and stunning monoliths carved over centuries by wind and waves. You can sea kayak through the 1000 island archipelago, camp along the north shore or stay in a 4-star lighthouse on L’Île aux Perroquets.

5) Shaputuan Museum

Devoted to preserving the traditional Innu way of life, the Shaputuan Museum tells an important story of the region of Sept-Îles. It will help Magpie River Adventurers to appreciate the uniqueness of the area.

6) Whale watching

It’s a bit of a drive to Tadoussac from Sept-Îles, but the whale watching is well worth it. More than 200,000 people a year visit the area for whale watching. And, once again, the drive down the north coast of the St-Lawrence river is gorgeous.

7) Parc National d’Anticosti

Just off the shore of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is Anticosti Island National Park. You can mountain bike, camp, explore waterfalls, enjoy fly fishing and regular fishing and so much more. It’s one of Quebec’s natural treasures.