Tourisme Charlevoix

Parc marin du Saguenay–Saint-Laurent

About

As well as the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park being one of the most breathtaking places in the world for whale watching, this protected area is also inhabited by 2,200 other fascinating species.

Discover fascinating marine life and spectacular vistas, while enjoying vibrant experiences, including observation sites, interpretation centres, hiking trails and excursions on the Saguenay Fjord or the St. Lawrence River.

Did you know that no matter what type of craft you use, you can disturb marine mammals and cause them to change their natural behaviour? Benefit from this quick and to learn more about the regulations and best practices.

To plan your discovery of the Marine Park, visit the website or the Saint-Fidèle Visitor Centre (see address below).

Activities

  • Discover marine interpretation centres with breathtaking views of the park. Keep your eyes wide open! You may see whales, seals and seabirds.
    Visit: Centre écologique de Port-au-Saumon (La Malbaie), Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre (Baie-Sainte-Catherine).

  • On the way to the North Shore, you will have the chance to discover several observation sites and interpretation centres, as well as take part in guided sea excursions.
    Visit: Centre écologique de Port-au-Saumon (La Malbaie), Port-au-Persil (Saint-Siméon), Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre (Baie-Sainte-Catherine), Bosco Charlevoix (sea kayaking, Saint-Siméon).

  • Make a stop at the Saint-Fidèle Visitor Centre for information about the beaches on the shores of the Marine Park.

  • Several sea kayaking companies offer the possibility of exploring the marine park by sea kayak. In Charlevoix, head off on an adventure with Bosco Charlevoix from Port-au-Persil or Baie-des-Rochers.
    Regulations apply to marine activities, including sea kayaking. When you see a whale, please keep your distance (beluga = 400 m).

  • The marine park is home to 14 species of whales, 5 of which are more frequent. Can you recognize belugas, minke whales, harbour porpoises, fin whales and humpback whales?
    Where to see the whales from the shore: Centre écologique de Port-au-Saumon (La Malbaie), Port-au-Persil (Saint-Siméon), Parc municipal de la Baie-des-Rochers, Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre (Baie-Sainte-Catherine).

  • Explore the fjord and the river accompanied by naturalists. In Charlevoix, cruises are offered from Baie-Sainte-Catherine.

  • Discover hiking trails that offer panoramic views of the park.
    Visit: Centre écologique de Port-au-Saumon (La Malbaie), Parc municipal de la Baie-des-Rochers (Saint-Siméon).

  • Discover the marine and maritime life across time and science with passionate guide interpreters and naturalists.

Description

  • Features

    • Picnic area
    • Souvenir shop
    • Restrooms
  • Services et équipement

    • Nearby parking

Reviews from visitors

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  • Canada Visit

    5 on 5 stars Notice written on 2019-10-18
    Hugh F, Chelmsford, United Kingdom

    This is a beautiful area giving you an idea of the vastness of the St Lawrence River. The excursion by boat to see the whales is a fascinating experience. Every effort is taken not to disturb these...

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  • Whale watch from the rocks

    5 on 5 stars Notice written on 2018-09-05
    330annl, Seahouses, null, United Kingdom

    Fantastic experience walking through woodland to the rocky headland. We saw red squirrels in the woodland, grey seals, minky whales and a humped back whale as well as meeting some very friendly...

    Read more in the opinion of Whale watch from the rocks
  • Fun & Educational visit

    4 on 5 stars Notice written on 2018-08-27
    John O, Montreal, Canada

    My wife & I enjoyed this park. Interesting information panels, knowledgeable staff when you ask them questions. Saw many belugas and mink whales from the shore. Tadousacc a very pleasant surprise...

    Read more in the opinion of Fun & Educational visit

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Contact informations

2820, boul. Malcom-Fraser (route 138)
(La Malbaie) (QC)  G5A 2J2

1 888 773-8888

  418 434-2299
  saguenay@pc.gc.ca

Visit the official site of Parc marin du Saguenay–Saint-Laurent

Schedule

Ouvert en saison

Saint-Fidèle Visitor Centre - Summer schedule

From 18 June to 5 September

  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Monday
  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Tuesday
  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Wednesday
  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Thursday
  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Friday
  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Saturday
  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Sunday

Saint-Fidèle Visitor Centre - End of summer and fall schedule

From 7 September to 10 October

  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Wednesday
  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Thursday
  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Friday
  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Saturday
  • 10:00 to 17:00 - Sunday

Payment

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  • Cash
  • Debit card

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