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WHAT TO KNOW
Saint Augustine
Saint Augustine

St. Augustine, one of the largest villages on the Lower North Shore, is located on the east bank of the St. Augustine River, across from the Innu community of Pakua Shipi. Tucked several kilometres inland from island-filled passages, St. Augustine is 60 kilometres (37 miles) from any other village besides Pakua Shipi. Spread out across undulating hills, the village is striking with the sandy banks of the St. Augustine River in the foreground.

Early visitors and settlers first stayed on the islands near St. Augustine.

A French post may have been established in the late 17th century on Vieux Poste Island. The trading post changed hands throughout the French and British regimes. Two brothers with roots in Boston acquired the post from the Labrador Company when it went bankrupt in the early 1820s. They established a successful seal and salmon-fishing company. Later settlers arrived from England, elsewhere in Quebec, and then Newfoundland. Over time, residents gravitated to the main village of St. Augustine in the winter, and then year-round. Many residents still stay on the islands in summer, fishing haddock, mackerel, salmon, trout and shellfish.

WHAT TO SEE Route Blanche
La Route Blanche
  • Colourful wooden boats: A walk along the sandy beaches that border the St. Augustine River is a good way to see colourful wooden boats built by local boatbuilders.
  • Deep-water wharf: Located at Trout Point, the wharf is bustling with activity with fishermen unloading their catch. This is where the Nordik Express has a scheduled stop. 
  • St. Augustine Migratory Bird Sanctuary: Located just southeast of St. Augustine, this federal seabird sanctuary is comprised of several small islands. The sanctuary protects important breeding grounds for seven bird species: Terns, Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Common Eider Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, and Great Black-backed Gulls.
WHAT TO DO

IN SUMMER : Hiking and walking, bird and whale watching, iceberg viewing, boat tours, sea kayaking, berry-picking, salmon fishing, wilderness camping, ATV

  • Trout Point Trail: This short walking trail marked by cairns is located at the federal wharf where fishing boats and cargo ships unload.  It is several kilometres from Pakua Shipi and St. Augustine, and is best accessed by visitors stopping in on the Nordik Express. The trail provides a view of St. Augustine across the river. Local artisans sometimes set up a craft tent selling authentic Innu handicrafts at Trout Point.

IN WINTER : Snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, winter carnival, hockey tournament

WHERE TO STAY
  • Pension de la Côte
    Saint-Augustin (QC)
    G0G 2R0
    Tel : (418) 947-2901
    Fax : (418) 947- 2905
  1. Auberge Riverview
    Saint-Augustin (QC)
    G0G 2R0
    Tel : (418) 947-2727
RESTAURANTS
  • Le Restaurant des Soeurs
    Saint-Augustin (QC)
    G0G 2R0
    Tel : (418) 947-2560
  1. Auberge Riverview
    Saint-Augustin (QC)
    G0G 2R0
    Tel : (418) 947-2727
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One Land, Many Peoples, Navigator's Route and Route Blanche

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