La Grande Traversée – STQ / OCÉAN
February 15 to 17, 2019
Ode to Winter
February 23, 2019
Naturalist guide, Croisière AML and Co-owner, Hôtel-Motel Baie-Sainte-Catherine
“ I have been working on whale-watching cruise ships for 25 years already. Everyday, I forget that I do not have sea legs. My mind is too busy contemplating the immensity of the Parc marin du Saguenay-Saint-Laurent, and that does the trick. From the coast or from the river – whom many call the sea – the spectacle that Baie-Sainte-Catherine puts on is never the same. Picture it when the whales ballet joins the show: it is simply Wow!
I was born in Baie-Sainte-Catherine, a village of barely 200 souls along the St.Lawrence. My love story with whales started during a summer job. I was 16 years old. To this day, it feels like the first time. Hearing the breath of whales just a few metres away, observing their games around the boat and sailing side by side, enchant me and will always enchant me. I feel like the tourists, a kid in a candy store.
Most of my days start with an early walk on the beach of Baie-Sainte-Catherine with my dog, Morgane. At low tide, we can walk for a full hour if we feel like it. I often meet my early rising guests since my hotel, Hôtel-Motel Baie-Sainte-Catherine, is located by the sea. The various shades of blue surrounding us are pure magic and above all never quite the same from one day to the other! When I am not sailing, I take my camera and go picture hunting! I am telling you, the parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-rivière-Malbaie is photogenic from top to bottom. Stopping at the Poterie de Port-au-Persil is also a must. Sometimes I dash to my cabin in Sainte-Agnès. I then go to lunch at Truchon or go to Pointe-au-Pic to savour the Passe-temps’ wonderful crepes. A girl from Charlevoix stays forever in Charlevoix! ”