The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.

Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Important information about your visit to Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Starting June 20, 2020  Parks Canada's interpretation and observation centres bordering the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park will offer limited visitor access and basic services.

Check the website before each visit. The addition or withdrawal of services and activities will depend on how the Covid 19 situation evolves.

What’s open (updated July 24, 2020)

Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Whale-watching cruises and kayak companies, as well as individual boaters and kayakers are responsible for confirming with health authorities whether they are able to operate their boats, and under what conditions they can do so.

Marine Environment Discovery Centre

  • day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
  • public toilets;
  • pathways to coastal observation areas;
  • visit the exhibit (12 pm to 3 pm);
  • access to limited services at the diving base operated by the Fédération québécoise des activités subaquatiques (FQAS) at the Marine Environment Discovery Centre.

Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre

  • reception service;
  • day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
  • public toilets;
  • pathways to coastal observation areas.

Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre

  • reception service;
  • day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
  • public toilets;
  • pathways to coastal observation areas.

Baie-Sainte-Catherine Wharf 

From July 1

Saint-Fidèle visitor centre (La Malbaie) 

Wednesday to Sunday

What’s closed (updated July 24, 2020)

Activities

  • Interpretation programs (St. Lawrence Live!, Nordic snorkeling, Tours and programs, Nordic snorkeling, Ocean encounters, The ups and downs of the sea shore, Géocachette,  etc.)
  • Access to Cap-de-Bon-Désir and Pointe-Noire exhibitions
  • Special events (Les Escoumins marine festival, etc.)
Your safety when visiting

Going outdoors is a great way to maintain health and wellness as long as you are following physical distancing practices. Visitors are asked to continue to follow the advice of public health experts on personal hygiene and physical distancing while enjoying the national parks. Visitors should be conservative in their choices and try to avoid injury or the need for emergency response.

As visitor facilities will still be limited, visitors should come prepared when visiting the national parks. Bring hand sanitizer, avoid touching high-use surfaces, and if you are unwell, stay home.

Parks Canada will continue to monitor the situation and put in place appropriate measures to help Canadians follow the advice of public health experts. If we all work together, we can keep our families, friends, neighbours and communities safe and healthy while enjoying our time outdoors.

Wear a mask
Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Quebec public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times

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