The Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre is located in the Charlevoix region, 1 km from the Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine ferry pier and accessible via Route 138. From Quebec City, take Route 138 heading towards Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, past Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, then follow directions for Tadoussac. After Baie-Sainte-Catherine, Pointe-Noire is located to your right at the top of the hill. If you reach the ferry, this means you have gone past Pointe-Noire. From Saguenay, take Route 170 heading towards Rivière-Éternité, as far as Saint-Siméon. At the junction, turn left onto Route 138 and follow directions for Tadoussac. After Baie-Sainte-Catherine, Pointe-Noire is located to your right at the top of the hill. If you reach the ferry, this means you have gone past Pointe-Noire. From Baie-Comeau or Forestville, take Route 138 heading towards Tadoussac. Take the ferry across the Saguenay River (free, continuous service) towards Baie-Sainte-Catherine. Pointe-Noire will be on your left, 1 km from the ferry terminal.
It is possible to travel by bus between Quebec’s major cities and the area surrounding the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. The Charlevoix, Saguenay and Côte-Nord regions are served by Intercar. To visit the Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre, service is available as far as Baie-Sainte-Catherine (by reservation). Plan seven hours by bus from Montreal (expect to change in Quebec City), four hours from Quebec City and three hours from Baie-Comeau. Saguenay to Tadoussac is approximately two hours. It is possible to get to Pointe-Noire from Tadoussac by foot as follows: take the ferry as a foot passenger, then walk approximately 1 km from Baie-Sainte-Catherine Pier to Pointe-Noire. Travelling within the region is not easy without a car as there are no local public transport services.
The closest international airports are in Montreal and Quebec City, which offer connections to the world’s major cities. The closest regional airports to the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park are in Saguenay (Bagotville) and Baie-Comeau. To find out how to get to Pointe-Noire from these airports, see the directions for travelling by car or public transport.
When to visit
The Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre is open seven days a week from late June to early September, then Friday to Sunday from early September to mid-October. Whales can be seen throughout the centre’s operating season, mainly belugas and minke whales. Birdwatching is particularly good during the migration period in September and October.