Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

91 rue Notre-Dame
Riviere-Eternite, QC G0V 1P0- Map It
Phone: (418) 235-4703

AAA Editor Notes

Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (Parc marin du Saguenay-St-Laurent) is accessible via hwys. 138, 170, 172 and 132. Managed by both the provincial and the federal government, the 1,245-square-kilometre (480-sq.-mi.) marine park consists of most of the river bed of Saguenay Fjord and a part of the northern half of the St. Lawrence estuary. Created in 1998, the park protects a biologically diverse ecosystem. More than fifteen species of marine mammals are known to frequent the area, including minke, fin, humpback and blue whales that migrate here in summer and beluga whales and harbor seals, both of which are year-round residents. Such activities as sightseeing cruises, hiking, kayaking and scuba diving can be enjoyed in the park. Ferry service as well as exhibits and information about the area are available in Baie-Ste-Catherine, Les Escoumins, Rivière-du-Loup, Tadoussac and Trois-Pistoles. Note: Pets are not permitted. Guided tours are available. Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted.
Pointe-Noire Interpretation Centre $5.80; $4.90 (ages 65+); $14.70 (family of up to seven); free (ages 0-17). Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation Centre and Marine Discovery Centre $7.80; $6.80 (ages 65+); $3.90 (ages 6-16); $19.60 (family of up to seven). Fees allow entry to both centers if visited on the same day, but otherwise you must pay separate admission to each. Additional charges for special programs.
Hours: Pointe Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre daily 10-5, mid-June to early Sept.; Fri.-Sun. 10-5, early Sept.-early Oct. Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre daily 9-6, mid-June to early Sept.; daily 9-5, early Sept. to mid-Sept.; Wed.-Sun. 9-5, mid-Sept. to early Oct. Marine Environment Discovery Centre daily 9-6, mid-June to early Sept.; Fri.-Sun. 9-5, early Sept.-early Oct.