The Parc marin du Saguenay–Saint-Laurent 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, where they can feed and 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.
• A limited number of permits are issued to excursion companies. Permit holders must identify their boat with a marine park flag.
• Pleasure boaters and excursion company permit holders must keep a certain distance from whales.
• The speed limit in the marine park is 25 knots (46 km/h). However, speeds must be reduced when marine mammals are present.
• Any collisions with a marine mammal must be reported to Parks Canada park wardens by calling 1 866 508-9888.
• It is forbidden to fly over the Marine Park at an altitude of less than 609.6 meters (2,000 feet).
Please note! The beluga and blue whale populations of the St. Lawrence are endangered.
For this reason, boats must keep their distance when these species are present. They may also be observed from the shore.
Set sail for the world of whales
The regulations on marine activities will ensure that your experience is an eco-friendly one. Enjoy your excursion!