Sept-Iles Cruises

Almost 400 miles northeast of Quebec City, Sept-Iles stands in the Côte-Nord region of eastern Quebec. It’s at the northernmost reaches of the region’s paved road system and, indeed, of our cruises to New England and Canada. It looks out onto the point where the St Lawrence River widens into the mighty Gulf of St Lawrence. While this corner of Canada is better known for endless landscapes of pines forests, lakes and grizzled mountains, you may also appreciate the long stretches of sandy beach that run along the shore here, just moments outside of the centre of town.

Sept-Iles Cultural Heritage

Early inhabitants here were the Innu people, who still reside in the area, and you can visit the Uashat region, whose name simply means bay. The Musée Shaputan offers an excellent insight into Innu nomadic culture, and the circular hall features four sections to represent each season, with examples of traditional dress and sculpture, as well as mythology.

Le Vieux Poste offers another glimpse into the past, in this instance a snapshot of life on a seventeenth-century fur-trading post, where the earliest French-speaking arrivals first encountered native hunters.

Discover Sept-Iles 

When these Europeans arrived, they named the place after the seven isles making up a small archipelago just offshore. Two of these are now bird sanctuaries, where razorbills, Atlantic puffins, auks and black guillemots are among the residents and regular visitors. Ile du Corossol in particular is one of the most important in Eastern Canada, due to the sheer diversity of species present there. 

The Gulf of St Lawrence is also a place to spot the ocean’s great mammals; where these waters once attracted hunters, they now attract visitors keen to set eyes on minke, humpback and killer whales, which are among the 13 common species spotted here.

Another place to head out on the water is the nearby Lac des Rapides. The surface of this serene lake often reflects the dark green pine forests and curved hills around its shores, creating a magnificent backdrop for kayaking, canoeing and cycling.

Excursions

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.

  • Meeting of Two Nations

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

    Meeting of Two Nations

    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. You’ll also experience the daily lives of the postmaster, woodsmen and Innu hunters.

    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.

    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.

    Tour code

    SEI_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Sept Iles in Focus Photography Tour

    Capture the city of Sept-Iles through the eyes of a professional local photographer.

    Sept Iles in Focus Photography Tour

    Led by a professional photographer this tour will allow you to discover some of the best vantage points and photogenic spots of Sept Iles. Armed with your own camera, you can draw on the photographer’s professional knowledge and experience of lighting, aperture, angles and shutter speed. A must for all budding photographers!

    Sept Iles has a pleasant 30 mile waterfront to explore, surrounding picturesque landscapes and Monaghan Beach. The itinerary will be selected on the day, based on the photographers experience and taking into account the weather and light conditions.

    At the end of your tour, reflect on your new found knowledge and photographic memories.

    This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. Please remember to take your camera. This tour involves around one hour of walking and standing. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. It is advisable to take a light rain jacket and a bottle of water and to dress according to the weather on the day. This tour is not suitable for children. There is a limited tourism infrastructure in Sept Iles and transportation is by school bus or similar.

    Tour code

    SEI_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Sept Iles Highlights

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

    Sept Iles Highlights

    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.

    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.

    Tour code

    SEI_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3¼ hours

  • Archipelago by Zodiac

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

    Archipelago by Zodiac

    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.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    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.

    Tour code

    SEI_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Alouette Aluminium

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

    Alouette Aluminium

    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.

    This excursion will operate by bus and 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. Guests 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.

    Tour code

    SEI_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours