"St. Augustine & Pakuashipi" Saint-Augustin by crummey

Saint-Augustin Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 21 photos

The St. Augustine River and it's people

St. Augustine River is large. It travels from the Labrador interior south to Quebec's Lower North Shore. In the summer and fall the St. Augustine River valley is a great place to camp and explore nature.

The St. Augustine river is also called the Pakuashipi River in Innu. Near the mouth of the St. Augustine river are two communities; St. Augustine and Pakuashipi.

On the north side of the sandy St. Augustine River live about 350 english speaking St. Augustine Villagers. The earliest residents of this community date back to about 1820.

On the south band of the river live about 250 Innu of the Pakuashipi First Nation.

There is a language barrier between these two communities. One community speaks primarily Innu; the other english.

Pakuashipi and St. Augustine have little in the way of roads. Each has several miles of unpaved road and a disproportionate number of cars and trucks. There is a ferry between the communities. The primary mode of transportation is boat, trike, skidoo, dory and typhoon. A typhoon is light and shallow. It has a huge propellor fastened onto it. The typhoon is designed to navigate over the springtime water and ice.

There are regular cargo and passenger service which runs from Sept Isles and Blanc-Sablon.

Camping a short way out of the community, the writer visited the St. Augustine bar, it's liquor store and a new age post office that is a pre-fab space age building salvaged from Expo 67.

While on the St. Augustine River, the writer saw the resident Belgian nuns who are teaching in Pakuashipi; met the St. Augustine Mayor; met the long time Indian Chief: Chief Marks etc. The gracious wharfinger John Bates and his assistant, Mr. McKinnon was very helpful.

We sailed up the river with locals, had camp fires and bonfires. We visited Indian fishing camps. And we went to such local restaurants as they had. This included hamburger, orange pop and fries at Pakuashipi's P-K Cafe.

Although there is no hotel in St. Augustine and Pakuashipi, there are B&B and other such arrangements.

Both Pakuashipi and St. Augustine are typical of the North Shore communities, each is small and homogenous. The people are friendly and curious.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A wonderful and enchanting place
  • In a nutshell:You will hate to leave it. It is so nice.
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