Facilities and services
The facilities at the Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre are generally accessible and adapted. The parking lot and trails are paved in fine gravel. The main trail starts at the parking lot and goes directly to the lookout with a view over the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. The approximately 350-metre trail is free of obstacles, although there are a few steep inclines. The main buildings are located near the parking lot and are accessible by ramp or adapted thresholds. These include the houses of the lightkeeper and his assistant, restrooms and the foghorn building. The lookout near the shore is also accessible via a ramp with handrails and offers an excellent view of the Marine Park. A dry toilet is located next to the trail, near the lookout. Reception staff have received training in assisting visitors with reduced mobility. The exhibition’s audiovisual content includes subtitles.
The gift shop is located in the assistant lightkeeper’s house, between the parking lot and the lighthouse. Here you will find items from the Parks Canada collection and relating to the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. Choose the items you want and head to the gatehouse to make your purchases. You can also shop our online store at: Parks Canada shop.
For more details about schedules and activities available at the Parks Canada sites, ask the personnel on-site or consult the information posted in front of the lightkeeper’s house. Should you lose a personal item, or find someone else’s, please inform a member of the team. For any information outside the operating season, please dial 418-235-4703.
The lookout at the end of the trail offers visitors an excellent view of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. The lookout is mostly covered to provide shelter from the weather. Visitors can also explore the rocks (rough terrain). For visitors’ comfort, some activities may take place in the lookout in poor weather.
Parking is included in the entrance fee. The availability of spaces varies throughout the operating season. Please be aware of when the centre closes in order to leave on time.
The picnic area includes several tables, including one adapted for wheelchairs. The tables are located between the assistant lightkeeper’s house and the Cap-de-Bon-Désir lighthouse.
A room in the assistant lightkeeper’s house can be used for picnicking indoors. A coffee machine and vending machine are also available.
A playground is located near the picnic area, next to the lighthouse.
The parking lot is usually sufficient for all vehicles, including buses and RVs. If needed, staff will indicate to drivers where to park their bus or RV.
Restrooms are located in a small building between the two houses, near the site’s entrance. One restroom is adapted for those with reduced mobility. A dry toilet is located at the end of the trail, near the lookout and the shore.