Plan your visit
The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is a marine protected area that covers 1245 km2. Its territory includes a section of the St. Lawrence estuary and of the Saguenay River Fjord. It can be explored from 4 different tourist regions: Charlevoix, the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, the North Shore, and the Lower St. Lawrence. The park offers several discovery activities based in the village of Tadoussac, located 465 km from Montreal, 215 km From Quebec City, and 125 km from Saguenay.
182 rue de l’Église
Tadoussac QC G0T 2A0
The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is surrounded by 4 tourist regions. Arriving by Charlevoix, you take Highway 138 from Quebec City. When arriving by Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, you could take highways 170 or 172, which run alongside the Saguenay River along its south and north shores. On the North Shore, you take Highway 138. By the Lower St. Lawrence, you could take a ferry from Rivière-du-Loup or Trois-Pistoles.
Hours of operation
No admission fees are required to access the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. However, if you wish to visit one of the land-based sites of the Discovery Network or go on a whale watching cruise, fees may apply, see the Visitor’s guide for more details. If you navigate in the marine park using your personal water craft (e.g., motorboat, sailboat or kayak), be sure to familiarize yourself with the speed limits and maximum approach distances from marine mammals to be obeyed while you’re out on the water. See: Marine Activities in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations.
Launching ramp: Please take note that the use of the Baie Ste-Catherine Wharf launching ramp is free of charge. Make sure to check the tides schedule before launching your boat.
Facilities and services
- Binoculars at the ready! The Marine Park is probably the only place in the world where the beluga and the blue whale—both endangered species—meet.
- Marvel at the cliffs overhanging the dark water as you explore the Saguenay Fjord, which stretches over 100 km in length.