The Marine Environment Discovery Centre is accessed via Route 138 in the Manicouagan region (Côte-Nord). From Quebec City, take Route 138 heading towards Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, past Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, then follow directions for Tadoussac. Take the ferry across the Saguenay River (free, continuous service). From Tadoussac, continue along Route 138 past Les Bergeronnes. Follow directions for the Marine Environment Discovery Centre (Centre de découverte du milieu marin). From Saguenay, take Route 172 heading towards Tadoussac; turning left onto Route 138, continue past Les Bergeronnes. Follow directions for the Marine Environment Discovery Centre (Centre de découverte du milieu marin). From Baie-Comeau or Forestville, take Route 138 heading towards Tadoussac; after Les Escoumins, follow directions for the Marine Environment Discovery Centre (Centre de découverte du milieu marin).
By public transportation
It is possible to travel by bus between the major cities and the area along the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. It takes 1 day by bus from Montreal, 5 hours from Quebec City, and approximately 2 hours from Saguenay. From Tadoussac, it is possible to get on a bus to Les Escoumins. Once in the area, it is difficult to get around by bus, because each bus route offers only one trip per day.
The closest airports are in Montreal and Quebec City. They offer connections for flights from most major cities throughout the world. The regional airports closest to the Marine Environment Discovery Centre are the ones in Saguenay (Bagotville) and Baie-Comeau. For directions from the airports, please consult the directions by car or by public transportation.
When to visit?
Whales can be seen throughout the centre’s operating season. The Centre is open seven days a week from mid-June to early September, then Friday to Sunday from early September to mid-October. Birdwatching is excellent during the migration period in September and October. For scuba diving, check the diving base schedule. Detailed hours of operation