Saguenay-St. Lawrence

Saguenay-St. Lawrence

An area to discover in depth! Since its creation in 1998, this large marine park has worked to protect the environment of a section St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord. Five cetacean species inhabit the waters of the marine park, including the St. Lawrence beluga, a protected species. In all, more than fifteen species of marine mammals have been reported, so don't forget your camera and your binoculars.

Activities

Whale Watching at Cap-de-Bon-Désir

Did you know that you can see 13 species of whales from the rocks at Cap-de-Bon-Désir? If you're watching closely you might see the threatened St. Lawrence beluga whale or you may even spy a blue whale - the largest marine mammal that has ever existed on the planet.

How much time will I need?

  • A couple of hours.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special equipment is needed. Make sure to bring your camera and comfortable walking shoes.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes, flash your My Parks Pass and you'll get in free.

When's the best time to do this?

  • Late June to mid October.

 

Archaeological excavations at Archéo Topo Centre

Imagine what First Nations communities used as marine resources close to 8,000 years ago. There is so much to do at this centre that you're bound to find something that interests you. Attend pottery or pearl workshops, ask a virtual archaeologist a thousand questions, orplay some games to become an archaeological researcher. There is also a brand new permanent exhibit and you can discover the archaeology of the North Shore.

How much time will I need?

  • A couple of hours.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special equipment is needed.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes, flash your My Parks Pass and you'll get in free.

When's the best time to do this?

  • May to mid-October, but they are open longer in July and August.

 

Check out the Marine Mammals Interpretation Centre

This is not your typical interpretation centre. It's been totally updated and is really in tune with today's interests. There is a discovery room that you must see where you'll come face to face with a sperm whale that is over 13 meters long. There are also some pretty cool uncut whale movies and videos, sounds from the underwater world and amazing interpretive activities. Don't forget to stop and shop at the gift shop where you'll find a collection of exclusive products.

How much time will I need?

  • A couple of hours.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special equipment is needed but you may want to bring some cash to spend at the gift shop.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes, flash your My Parks Pass and you'll get in free.

When's the best time to do this?

  • May to mid-October, but they are open longer from June to mid-September.

 

The Discovery Axis on L'Anse-De-Roche Dock

If you love kayaking, this is the place for you! You'll enjoy unforgetable landscapes and learn the mysteries of this amazing ecosystem. Make sure you check out the interpretive panels. And don't forget to bring a picnic lunch!

How much time will I need?

  • A couple of hours, but probably better to plan for a whole day!

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • If you want to kayak you can bring your own or rent one on site. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and stop for a break at the incredible picnic area.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes, flash your My Parks Pass and you'll get in free. Fees apply for kayak launching and rental.

When's the best time to do this?

  • Mid-May through the end of September.

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