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Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (Parc Marin du Saguenay-Saint-Laurent)
Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (Parc Marin du Saguenay-Saint-Laurent)

Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (Parc Marin du Saguenay-Saint-Laurent)

Free admission
91 Notre-Dame Street, Riviere-Eternite, Montreal, QC, Canada

The Basics

There are several ways to explore the park. Go kayaking or boating around the inky waters of Saguenay Fjord, or brave the cold depths during a dive in the St. Lawrence estuary.

For the best chance of seeing whales, opt for a whale-watching cruise in the company of a certified naturalist. Choose between high-speed zodiac cruises that will put you at eye level, or opt for a cruise on a larger observation vessel. Some cruise experiences include round-trip transport from Quebec City.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park is a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts.

  • Bring extra layers, as it can feel colder out on the water than on dry land.

  • Head to an interpretation center (Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre, Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre, and the Marine Environment Discovery Centre in Les Escoumins) for information on the marine environment and available activities.

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How to Get There

The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park spreads from La Malbaie to Les Escoumins along the St. Lawrence River and to Lake St. Jean via the fjord. The park is about a 2- to 3-hour drive from Quebec City, and about a 4- to 6-hour drive from Montreal.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit is during summer and early fall, as this is peak whale-watching season. Whale-watching cruises typically run between May and October, with more frequent departures from late June to early September.

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Whale Watching on Dry Land

There are many places in and around the park where you can discover the marine environment without having to step aboard a boat. Many whales, including belugas, can be spotted from designated whale-watching areas along the shore. Also, in the Marine Environment Discovery Centre at Les Escoumins, visitors can watch interpretive divers exploring the seabed via a screen.

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