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The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park protects an outstanding marine area that is home to more than 1,800 species. Explore the park by hiking the shore, taking a cruise, visiting lighthouses and museums, kayaking or scuba diving. Admire the view from lookouts in Tadoussac, Sacré-Coeur, Les Bergeronnes and Les Escoumins. You may see whales, seals and birds.
From May to October, you may see whales at any time of the day or tide cycle. Bring your camera: whales may surface at any time! As offshore winds are cold, warm and comfortable clothing is highly recommended, even on shore.
See whales getting close to the shore at Parks Canada centres: Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre (Les Bergeronnes), Marine Environment Discovery Centre (Les Escoumins) and Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre (Baie-Sainte-Catherine). Don't miss walking on Pointe-de-l'Islet (Tadoussac) and Baie-Sainte-Marguerite (Sacré-Coeur) in « parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay ». Plan your stay at marinepark.qc.ca ou visit a tourism office.
The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park is known as one of the best places in the world to see whales. These magnificent animals come here for the abundant food found in the St. Lawrence that enables them to build up their energy reserves. The Marine Park was created to protect this rich ecosystem, from the seabed to the water surface.
Regulations for observation activities at sea: A gift for the future!
The regulations for observation activities at sea were developed in partnership with excursion companies and are intended to minimize human disturbance of marine mammals. Certain factors can disturb the whales, such as a concentration of boats nearby, sudden approaches, and abrupt changes of direction.
Please note! The St. Lawrence beluga and blue whale populations are endangered. For this reason, boats must keep a minimum distance of 400 metres from these species. They may also be observed from the shore.
These regulations on marine observation activities ensure that your experience is an eco-friendly one. Enjoy your excursion!