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Seeking the Origins of Pointe-aux-Outardes

On the Trail of the First Inhabitants

Kuei! Welcome! 

If ever one day you have the opportunity to drive eastward on road 138, you will enjoy a magnificent landscape and pass by a incredible number of lakes and rivers. Once you’ve reached Ragueneau, you will see on your right hand side a long peninsula, locally known as a  “point”. This is Pointe-aux-Outardes.

On the peninsula stands Parc nature de la Pointe-aux-Outardes, a natural reserve there to share the North Shore’s nature with the public. The park is located beside the village of the same name. The peninsula is bordering the mouth of Aux Outardes River. This strategic geographical position bestows a rich archaeological potential to the park.

Map of Quebec situating the Cote nord and the parc nature of pointe aux outardes

The location of Parc nature Pointe-aux-Outardes.


For these reasons, archaeological research was conducted at this site from 2015 to 2018. It led to the discovery of longheld secrets related to the ancient inhabitants of Pointe-aux-Outardes.  This scientific project was conducted by the Archéo-Mamu Côte-Nord team, with the participation of archaeology students, volunteers and many Innu people from the Pessamit community.

Several people walking along the beach below a building

The beach facing the Interpretive Center of Parc nature de la Pointe-aux-Outardes, 2016.


This is the project that we invite you to discover. You will walk on the steps of archaeologists and understand the meaning behind their actions. From historical data collecting to the digs in itself, followed by a long laboratory treatment and analysis, you will learn everything that has to be known related to the Pointe-aux-Outardes archaeological project!


These following partners have collaborated to the research:

Conseil des Innus de Pessamit



Archéo-Mamu Côte-Nord

Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones


Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes

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This exhibit was carried out by the team of Archéo-Mamu Côte-Nord based on the following report :
ARCHÉO-MAMU CÔTE-NORD (2019) Rapport de fouille archéologique au site DgEc-14, Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes, été 2018. Rapport remis au Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes, au Conseil des Innus de Pessamit et au ministère de la Culture et des Communications. Baie-Comeau. 38 p.