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About Sept-Iles

Sept-Iles offers a unique cultural experience with the intermingling of two nations - the Innu community and the European population. Located at the mouth of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence River, Sept-Iles (Seven Islands) is the northernmost town in Quebec with any significant population. The city borders a stunning circular bay protected by a natural barrier formed by seven islands, thus its name.

 

This magnificent territory is the most populous Aboriginal nation in Quebec, and two of the islands are First Nations reserves. The islands are mostly uninhabited and full of wildlife, especially seabirds, which tend to dominate the islands.

 

The Museum of the North Shore Region tells the story of the area's 8,000 years of human habitation and boasts over 40,000 objects. Stroll along the boardwalk that lines the magnificent bay and enjoy craft displays by local artisans. Re-live the first local encounter at a recreated Innu camp and experience life in a 19th-century trading post replica.

 

Shore excursions in Sept-Iles

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Taste of Sept Iles

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Delve into the world of the Ferme Maricole Purmer marine farm, and sample the local seafood.

Take a short 10 minute walk from the pier to join your Zodiac boat for a journey across the archipelago to Île Grosse-Boule. Your captain will regale you with fascinating facts about the environment and provide an insight into the Ferme Maricole Purmer marine farm. Upon arrival, take a stroll to the reception cottage where a warm welcome awaits. Following a presentation about mussels and scallop farming, a delectable selection of seafood will be on offer for you to sample. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to walk to the lookout point to admire the lovely views of the archipelago and city. As you zip back across the archipelago to Sept Iles, keep your eyes open for marine wildlife.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by RIB and on foot. A degree of agility is required when boarding the Zodiac. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Pregnant women may not participate. Lifejackets and wet weather gear will be provided and are compulsory.

A Taste of Sept Iles

Alouette Aluminium

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover the importance of Aluminium in Sept Iles on a guided visit to the Alouette Aluminium Plant.

The Alouette Aluminium plant plays an important part in the Sept Iles economy and is an integral part of everyday life. With more than 900 employees and an annual production capacity of over 550,000 tons, it is the largest employer in Sept-Iles and the leading aluminium smelter in the Americas.

Upon arrival, your tour will commence with a video presentation before embarking on a guided tour of the plant. You’ll discover each stage of manufacturing from the raw materials (bauxite ore) to the finished product (aluminium ingots). The ingots from the Alouette Aluminium plant are shipped to fabrication shops around the world.

After your fascinating insight into aluminium, you’ll take the return journey back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus on foot. Pregnant women, children and those with pacemakers may not participate. Due to strong magnetic fields, cameras, phones watches, jewellery, magnetic strip cards and lighters are prohibited items. The temperature inside the plant can reach up to 60-62 degrees farenheit. Passengers must wear long trousers, long sleeves and flat comfortable closed toe shoes. The drive to Alouette is around 45 minutes each way. There is a limited tourism infrastructure in Sept Iles and transportation is by school bus or similar.

Archipelago by Zodiac

Activity medium

Duration: 2½ hours

Step aboard a 12 seater ‘Zodiac’ for a two hour ride around the St Lawrence Archipelago.

Just a 10 minute walk from the pier will take you to the ‘Zodiac’ boarding point, where you’ll set off on around the St Lawrence archipelago. As you zip through the water, enjoy the natural surrounding beauty and look out for the local marine and birdlife.

You’ll navigate around Manowin Island which owes its name to the Innu word meaning ‘where we collect eggs’. The island is known for its unique bird-nesting cliffs and limestone rock formations. You’ll also pass by Petite Basque and Grande Basque which were named in honour of the Basque people, who for more than one hundred years came to the region to hunt.

Along the way, you’ll discover interesting facts and learn of the shipwrecks in the area, Le Corossol and the Jean-Marc Soucy.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot and by boat. A degree of agility is required when boarding the Zodiac. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Pregnant women may not participate. Lifejackets and weather gear will be provided and are compulsory.

Meeting of Two Nations

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

Explore the Shaputuan Museum and the Old Trading Post and gain an insight into the history and heritage of the Innu people.

Just a short drive from the pier is The Shaputuan Museum that recounts the millennia-old history of nomadic people in its ancestral land. A fascinating exhibition, Innu utassi (Innu land), follows the Innu through the seasons and their annual life cycle.

Next, you’ll head to the Old Trading Post (Vieux-Poste) where you can take a step back in time to 1842. As you stroll around the open-air attraction you’ll discover exhibits and displays that relive the days where meeting and trading took place.

To round off your tour, you’ll drive to Cove Gardens, (Jardins de L’Anse) observation tower for a photo stop to admire the views, before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus. To derive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required at the Shaputuan Museum and the Old Trading Post. This is over relatively flat ground with gravel and grass areas in parts. There are steps at the observation tower which are optional. There is a limited tourism infrastructure in Sept Iles and transportation is by local school bus or similar.

Sept Iles Highlights

Activity low

Duration: 3¼ hours

Visit the Regional Museum and the Old Trading Post combined with a drive along the coastal road to admire the lovely beach views.

Just a short drive from the pier is the Old Trading Post (Vieux-Poste) where you can take a step back in time to 1842. The open-air attraction has been designed with a variety of exhibits and displays that relive the days where meeting and trading took place.

Afterwards, you’ll head to the Regional Museum (Museé de la Nord) to discover the rich history of the north shore of the St Lawrence River. The Land of Discovery exhibition allows you to explore the regions culture, nature and industry and gain a glimpse into the lives of the local inhabitants.

To round off your tour, you’ll drive towards the coastline to enjoy a brief photo stop at one of the local beaches, before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus. To derive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required at the Regional Museum and the Old Trading Post. This is over relatively flat ground. There is a limited tourism infrastructure in Sept Iles and transportation is by local school bus or similar.

 

A selection of cruises to Sept-Iles

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