Lying towards the western end of the Mingan Channel, Mingan is perhaps one of the less attractive places in the archipelago to stop, but is the only anchorage to offer any measure of shelter in northerly winds.
The pilot reports that the town wharf was destroyed by fire. It has subsequently been replaced by a very sturdy, but not particularly yacht friendly, concrete and steel wharf. Seeing the local trawlers using hauling off lines to protect themselves from being driven against the wharf was sufficient to dissuade us from berthing there.
However one can anchor off the beach either side of the wharf in 8-10 m of water with good holding in sand. The tide runs quite strongly through the anchorage and this needs to be taken into account when assessing swinging circles.
It also appears to be a popular spot for whales to stop. Although the thick fog precluded us from seeing any, they could be heard breaching close to the boat throughout the night.