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Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Observation Activities at sea in the Marine Park

Marine Mammals

Fin whale at the water surface.

Regulation in Effect

The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is a unique environment and is home to a very diversified fauna and flora. You can help protect this exceptional environment by paying special attention to the marine mammals that live there. A regulation on marine activities in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park governs the behaviour to adopt in the vicinity of a marine mammal. A brochure summarizing this regulation is available. Please take note that even unmotorized watercraft such as kayaks can adversely affect marine mammals by interfering with their essential activities, such as feeding. Whale-watching regulations aim to minimize the negative impacts of this activity on cetaceans so we can observe these majestic animals as they peacefully accomplish their daily activities.

Watch Out for Belugas!

The beluga is the only whale species that lives in the St. Lawrence all year long. This small population is threatened of extinction, and disturbances by humans pose a threat.

To help re-establish this population, belugas are excluded from marine observation activities.

If you should encounter a beluga, keep a minimum distance of 400 meters. In the event of an unexpected encounter with a beluga, the boat operator must slow down and immediately move away.

For a free copy of the Marine Activities in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations brochure, call 418-235-4703 or visit