|WHAT TO KNOW
Shipi is an Innu community located across from the village of St.
Augustine on the west bank of the St. Augustine River. The name
Pakua Shipi derives from an Innu term meaning river of sand, an
appropriate description of the striking sand banks that appear at
low tide at the mouth of the river. Until recently, traditionally
nomadic Innu travelled along the St. Augustine River to the interior
to fish, hunt and trap the renowned salmon, trout and fur-bearing
animals along the river.
1860s, a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post was established
near the mouth of the river to serve local settlers and Aboriginal
traders. The post was abandoned and then reopened in the early 1900s.
A community at Pakua Shipi has existed in some form or another for
centuries. It became an official village in the 1970s with the start
of a government housing project. Residents of Pakua Shipi continue
to practice traditional Innu activities, including fishing, hunting,
trapping, and making handcrafted goods. People speak the Innu language
among themselves. Most also speak French, and a few of the older
residents speak English.
WHAT TO SEE
- Outer Islands and traditional camping
grounds: A boat owner in Pakua
Shipi or neighbouring St. Augustine can be hired to take you to
outer islands around St. Augustine Bay. Check at the hotel for
more information. These islands were traditional camping grounds
for Aboriginal Peoples, and settlers once built their houses here.
- St. Augustine River:
You can travel by boat through an endless maze of rigolets
– small fjord-like sheltered arms of the sea – giving
you a close-up view of whales, seals, seabirds and shore. In high
tide, it is possible to navigate up the St. Augustine River.
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
|WHAT TO DO
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
- Boat tours: A local boat tour
operator can take you up the St. Augustine River, and in
and out of the endless rigolets. On the way, you can go fishing
and learn about the traditional Innu way of life.
IN WINTER : Snowmobiling, ice fishing,
snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, winter carnival, hockey tournaments
- Seasonal craft tent at Trout
Land, Many Peoples, Navigator's Route
and Route Blanche