The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is recognized as one of the best places in the world for whale watching. There are 13 species that frequent its waters; 6 of these species are more frequently observed. Can you recognize them?

Discover three exceptional sites for whale watching from the shore. You will also have the chance to see seals and seabirds, and to speak with naturalist guides who are passionate about marine life.

Participate in interpretive activities and visit exhibits to learn more about the marine park's rich biodiversity and maritime culture.

Deux cabanes blanches avec le toit rouge. L'une est un observatoire pour voir les baleines qui naviguent dans le Saint-Laurent.
Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre

Baie-Sainte-Catherine
End of June to mid-October
45 to 90 minutes

Follow the panoramic trail that leads to several observation lookouts and enjoy the spectacular view of the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord. 
You may have the chance to see belugas, minke whales, seals and seabirds.

This location has long been a site for beluga research. Visit the exhibit and meet the guide to learn more about the movements and behaviours of belugas, as well as the influence of ocean currents on their habitat.

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Des gens sont assis sur des rochers et scrutent l'horizon.
Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre 

Les Bergeronnes
End of June to mid-October
1 to 2 hours

Whether it's from the rocks or the lookout, keep your eyes and ears wide open. You may have the opportunity to see several species of whales approaching the shore and hear their powerful spout.

All you have to do is let your senses be awakened!

Take the opportunity to learn more about the role and history of the lighthouse station.

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Une famille souriante est en plein air durant une journée d'été.
Marine Environment Discovery Centre

Les Escoumins
End of June to mid-October
1 to 2 hours

Sitting comfortably in the amphitheatre, you will have a front row seat to observe whales, seals and seabirds in their natural habitat.

You will also have the opportunity to see the divers at work and the St. Lawrence pilots who ensure safety in transportation on one of the most difficult seaways in the world.

Combine your visit with one of the on-site discovery activities to learn more about the vibrant underwater life. 

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Whale watching elsewhere in the vicinity of the marine park

Other locations and businesses in the marine park offer whale watching from the shore or by boat. 

More information

Commercial, school and corporate groups

Reduced rates and guided tours are available for groups. Reservations are required.

Plan a visit for a group
 

Dates

Open from June 18 to October 10, 2022

Consult our schedule:

Fees

Entrance fees for the three interpretation centres apply. Admission is free for youth 17 and under.

Details
  • Activity offered at the three interpretation centres:
    • Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre
    • Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre
    • Marine Environment Discovery Centre
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours
  • Accessibility: partially for people with reduced mobility
  • Note: it can be cool by the river. Provide warm clothing and closed shoes, even in the summer.
ReserveReservations are not required.

Reservations are required only for travel trade professionals and school and corporate groups. Please see the following tab. 
  
Travel trade
  • Available in English and in French
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Suitable for groups of any size and independent travelers
  • Parks Canada offers group discounts for commercial groups visiting its sites in Canada (from 500 visitors/year). Conditions apply.

Contact us for more information or to make a reservation.
Telephone: 418-514-8002
Email: saguenay@pc.gc.ca