How about combining the delights of the sea, beaches of fine sand, nautical activities and discovering the Innu culture? Head to Sept-Îles, a little gem on the North Shore surrounded by the majestic St. Lawrence for fun-filled summer vacations for young and old alike!
Our beautiful province has never attracted so much attention in terms of tourism and that’s a good thing. Among the cities where the sun is usually present, we find the city of Sept-Îles, a destination that is sure to please families looking for adventure and outdoors.
From good gourmet addresses to activities that will allow you to access the abundant nature of the region, here are 7 experiences not to be missed during your stay!
1. Sail to discover the Sept-Îles archipelago
Did you know that the city takes its name from the seven islands that surround it and that are home to fascinating natural treasures? Different boaters such as Les Croisières du Capitaine, Croisières Sept-Îles and Excursions GWD offer zodiac excursions to explore the archipelago.
Do not miss the opportunity to discover this magnificent environment conducive to the observation of whales, seals and migratory birds. In addition, each island has its own distinctive character, so don’t hesitate to discover one of them in depth.
Big Basque Island: by nature in its raw state, access to 12 km of walking trails, wild camping, secluded beaches and the magnificent panorama of the archipelago.
Big Ball Island: spend the night in a yurt and discover marine farming techniques at Ferme Maricole Purmer, which grows mussels, scallops and a few varieties of edible seaweed.
2. Enjoy a variety of activities at the Center plein air du lac des Rapides
In this equipped area, you can swim with complete peace of mind thanks to the presence of certified lifeguards. Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and paddle boards are available for rent at the Center plein air du lac des Rapides to allow you to explore the natural beauty of this location.
Do you prefer hiking? The developed trails allow you to stretch your legs and reward yourself with a view of the river!
3. Savor a seafood feast
Courtesy of Sept-Iles Tourism
Nothing better than tasting fresh and prepared fish and seafood! Sept-Îles is a favorite destination for seafood lovers. Here is a selection of good addresses:
fisherman’s snack: for a crab and shrimp roll to enjoy in a giant lobster cage.
at Omer’s house: for a classic crab sandwich and a friendly atmosphere.
Fortier fishmonger: buy marinated whelk and Minganie scallops to enjoy during a beach picnic.
4. Immerse yourself in Innu culture
The city of Sept-Îles is close to the Uashat and Maliotenam reserves. The culture of the Innu people is therefore honored at several establishments in the area, including the Shaputuan Museum, the traditional Innu site on DeQuen Street and the Atikuss craft shop.
Take advantage of your stay to learn more about the beliefs and traditions of these Aboriginal people, including hunting techniques, the art of weaving, traditional dances and the making of snowshoes, drums and dreamcatchers.
5. Admire the sunset
Rumor has it that a stay in Sept-Îles allows you to observe the most beautiful sunsets in the province. Hard to contradict, as the sky is a show on the Instagram account of many Quebecers who have dared to venture to the North Shore.
To enjoy this majestic setting, head to Val-Marguerite beach, Old Quay promenade or Aylmer-Whittom park. Every night of your stay in Sept-Îles invites you to a new show!
6. Taste the local cuisine
Courtesy of Sept-Iles Tourism
In Sept-Îles, the treasures of the sea and the land come together to create delicious dishes. Beer and wine lovers will also be delighted. Several establishments in the region are worth a visit, including:
Edgar Café Bar: fine cheeses, sausages, rillettes and terrines to enjoy overlooking the river.
The talker and the drunk: boards to share, mac’n cheesecavatelli with snails to accompany a good wine list.
La Compagnie Microbrewery: an excellent selection of beers – especially Pointe aux Basques – to cool off on the beach or on the establishment’s large terrace.
7. Tracing history at the North Coast Regional Museum
Recently renovated, this museum contains original historical objects that commemorate over 8,000 years of history. The entrance ticket can be combined with the visit to the Old Post Office!
Children will love discovering the partial reconstruction of the fur warehouse that has been managed by the French and English since the 17th.and century. The establishment illustrates the meeting between two peoples: the Innu and the Euro-Canadians.
This summer, let yourself be surprised family holidays in Sept-Iles! You will come back totally delighted from your stay on the North Coast, surrounded by nature, culture and gastronomy.