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Sept-Iles Archipelago

Sept-Îles’ archipelago comprises of seven islands, each displaying a distinctive feature of the region’s biodiversity.

Standing tall at the entrance of a bay that bears its name, the islands exhibit a wide variety of ecosystems which form altogether an almost microcosm of North Shore’s nature as a whole. Bare mountain peaks, vast bogs, rich salty marshes, dense boreal forests, colourful seaside flora, diverse marine wildlife and a small animal fauna are hence some of the many features that make up the archipelago’s natural beauty.

Named by the famous French explorer Jacques Cartier during his voyage of 1535, the archipelago’s history is also loaded with significance. Early on, the Innu people were no strangers to its shores. The Basque were also seasonal comers, mostly sailing to the islands for whale hunting.