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Ben and Jess’s trip to Québec

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Let go of everything you know. And just explore.

“All the people we met were so connected to the land,” says Jess Dales, adventure photographer and blogger. “We felt like we were part of something bigger,” says Ben Prescott, a photographer who travels the world in search of places with that intangible je ne sais quoi “There are some things you just can’t photograph.”

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Région 1 de 4 Sept-Îles - Activité 1 de 1 Whales in the distance, breathtaking cliffs

Begin a road trip at the ancient Sept-Îles Archipelago, an area shaped by the passage of time, Indigenous populations, Basque fishermen, and even Jacques Cartier, one of the first European explorers to set foot on North American soil. Hike, bird watch, and observe the whales at sea. End this scenic journey at Havre-Saint-Pierre.

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Région 2 de 4 Havre-Saint-Pierre - Activité 1 de 2 Paddleboard and picnic

Pristine beaches, and endless blue horizon—welcome to the first stop of the road trip in Havre-Saint-Pierre. Rent a paddleboard, picnic on the beach and let the scenery move you.

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Région 2 de 4 Havre-Saint-Pierre - Activité 2 de 2 The historic house

Stroll along the waterside in charming Baie-Johan-Beetz and admire the impressive red-roofed home of Johan Beetz himself, a Belgian naturalist and early inhabitant of the area.

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Région 3 de 4 Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve - Activité 1 de 4 Epic views in a national park

Continue from Havre-Saint-Pierre and take a boat to Île Quarry, a place full of discoveries. The boardwalks all over the island take you past former sea cliffs and through forests, peat bogs and the barrens. These are all part of the magic of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve.

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Région 3 de 4 Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve - Activité 2 de 4 Stroll the boardwalk and the beach

On Île Quarry, a number of splendid monoliths await at Anse des Érosions, to the south of the island. For the more adventurous, hike the shoreline around the island’s perimeter. Camping, hiking, picnicking—this is a veritable island paradise.

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Région 3 de 4 Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve - Activité 3 de 4 A blanket of stars across the sky

Light a campfire and get settled into an OTENTik tent to sleep under the brightest stars. Stay up late so you can witness the spectacle as the magical northern lights dance across a wide swath of sky.

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Région 3 de 4 Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve - Activité 4 de 4 Kayak with whales and see monoliths

This is a moment of peace and wonder—glide along and behold the breathtaking scenery! It’s just you and the whales.

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Région 4 de 4 Natashquan - Activité 1 de 2 Meet the Mamit Innuat/Nutashkuan elders

Try bannock bread and red berry jam with village elders. Enjoy a community dinner with fresh salmon from the river and imbibe special therapeutic drinks. Immerse yourself in indigenous culture.

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Région 4 de 4 Natashquan - Activité 2 de 2 All the way to the end

Natashquan is a mystical fishing village for the traveler who dares to take Highway 138 to its eastern extremity. Watch the sunset and enjoy looking at the small houses dotting the coastline then be sure to finish your night at l’Échouerie for local music and dancing.

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