Sept-Îles, on the northern shores of the St. Lawrence River, is a busy seaport and an important lifeline for those living in eastern Quebec. Beyond that central core is an abundance of wildlife and a terrain that hasn't changed much over the centuries. If you're ready to explore this very wild part of Quebec, Skyscanner can help. Search for the cheapest airfares on the online search engine, find a hotel and rent that convenient car. Then pack your bags and head for the great outdoors.
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Sept-Îles realistically only has two seasons, summer and winter. Spring and fall are short-lived, each only a few weeks long. Winter lasts from late October to almost May. January is usually the coldest month with highs around -9 degrees Celsius and lows averaging -20 degrees Celsius. Summers peak in July with highs around the 19 degree Celsius mark. Flights and hotels tend to be busier in summer, but cross-country skiers also take advantage of the snows of winter. No matter what season you visit, it's best to shop around for a cheap airfare. Using the Skyscanner Whole Month Search engine makes it easier to compare prices. Find that fare and book it before that great price disappears.
What to Expect at Sept-Îles Airport
Located roughly eight kilometres from the town of Sept-Îles, the regional Sept-Îles Airport (YZV), offers a panoramic view of the St. Lawrence River on arrival. The single terminal welcomes air carriers with smaller planes, normally having 15 passengers or less. It is still considered a Canadian port of entry and the Canada Border Services Agency does have offices onsite.
Air carriers using Sept-Îles include Air Canada Express, Air Inuit, Air Liaison, Pascan Aviation, Provincial Airlines and Strait Air. While some of these airlines provide service from Montreal and Quebec City, most cover the more remote parts of eastern Quebec. Sunwing Airlines is an exception, as they provide seasonal connecting service to and from Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
Passenger services are limited, but an ATM is available and Wi-Fi is free in the terminal. Rental car services are available onsite, which would be the preferred method of transportation. If you plan on staying within the town of Sept-Îles, you can pretty much walk anywhere, but if you want to hit the beach or do any sightseeing you'll need a car or rely on taxis. Another option is to rent a bicycle from the town's tourist office, which costs about $10.00 CAD per day, helmet and bike lock included.
What to See and Do in Sept-Îles
- For such a seemingly remote area, Sept-Îles has its share of museums. The Shaputuan Museum is right downtown and focuses on Inuit First Nations culture. The Musee Regional de la Core-Nord features a permanent exhibition of North Shore history, as well as cultural and artistic guest exhibits. The reconstructed Vieux Poste is a reconstructed trading post that was first built in 1661. It tells the tale of the fur trade that founded this northern town.
- Garden lovers, there's something for you as well. Les Jardins de I'Anse features six themed gardens and two observation towers on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Native plants and trees are featured, as well as a "garden" devoted to local rocks and minerals. Picnic areas are available. This seasonal oasis is located next to the Tourist Info Centre. Just outside of town is the Metallic Garden, featuring the quirky artwork of Jean-Pier Synnott in a natural setting. The artist specializes in turning scrap metal into whimsical animals and staging them along forested nature trails.
- While Sept-Îles itself is a busy port town, within a 30-minute drive you'll find several beaches that are very much in their natural state. East of town is the beach at the Moisie River, known for its Atlantic salmon fishing. To the west is Plage de Val-Marguerite, a local favourite for long walks on a lightly travelled coastline. Birdwatchers head for Gallix Beach, with its salt marshes and nearly 14 kilometres of sandy shoreline.
- Les Croisieres du Capitaine is a tour company that offers shuttle service to the offshore Grande Basque Island, as well as seasonal guided island tours and whale watching excursions. Cruise by Corossol Island, a protected marine bird sanctuary. It's named after a sunken ship which can still be seen during low tide. Other islands on the itinerary could be Ile Grosse Boule, known for the unusual crown of fog that circles its tallest peak, and Ile Manowin, with its fossil-rich limestone cliffs.
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