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Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre

Centre d\'interprétation et d\'observation de Cap-de-Bon-Désir
Photo: Parks Canada / M. Loiselle
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Observe whales, seals and seabirds near the shore. Belugas, porpoises and other whales often swim past Cap de Bon-Désir. Our guides are there to answer your questions. Bring a picnic and a windbreaker. Family activities are offered on site every day.

Have you ever seen starfish? You will be surprised by their colours! Participate in the feature activity, “30 Feet into Neptune’s World,” during which divers will bring up some of the mysterious animals that live at the bottom of the estuary for you to see. This activity is offered three times a week. Consult the schedule for details.

In the lightkeeper’s house, observe whales and learn about the history of the lighthouse and its lightkeepers. Play a game to test your talents as a pilot!

Do your children love to explore? Request the Xplorers booklet at the reception centre.

Activities and services: Whale watching, interpretive activities, exhibit, lighthouse.
Opening dates
From June 21 to October 13, 2014
Schedule
CENTRE: June 21 to September 1: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; September 2 to 7: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 8 to October 13: Wednesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 30 FEET INTO NEPTUNE’S WORLD: June 28 to August 23: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early.
Cost
$7.80/adult, $6.80/senior, $3.90/child, $19.60/family or group
Reservations
Recommended for groups
Payment methods
  • Cash Cash
  • American Express American Express
  • Cheque Cheque
  • Interac Interac
  • MasterCard MasterCard
  • Visa Visa
Activities available in summer
Hiking
From the lightkeeper’s house, follow a short trail to the edge of the water. This 300-metre (1000-foot) walk will take you through a mixed forest. Breathe in the smell of the forest as you listen to the wind, the birds and the blow of the whales.
Interpretation Sites
Meet enthusiastic guides who will share their knowledge with you. Participate in family activities to learn more about the life of marine animals, and be sure to visit the exhibit on Cap de Bon-Désir lightkeepers.
Lighthouses
The Cap-de-Bon-Désir Lighthouse is one of the most recent lighthouses to be built along the St. Lawrence. Visit the exhibit in the lightkeeper’s house where you can listen to the lightkeepers and see period photos.
National Parks and Wildlife Reserves
Take in exceptional views of the sea and breathe in fresh air in the forest or along the shore. Cap de Bon-Désir is located along the St. Lawrence next to the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, which is protected by Parks Canada and Parcs Québec.
Whale Watching
The St. Lawrence is so shallow off Cap de Bon-Désir that whales come and feed close by, making this one of the best coastal sites to observe whales. From June to October, come and admire many whale species, including belugas.
See what this partner is offering in fall.
Services
  • Picnic area
  • Pets allowed on leashes only
  • Boutique
  • Free parking
How to get there
Take Route 138 to Les Bergeronnes and follow the signs to the Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre (Centre d’interprétation et d’observation de Cap-de-Bon-Désir).
Affiliations and distinctions
Affiliation
Parks Canada manages a network of national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. Discover for yourself the many wonders, adventures and learning experiences that await you in such sites. Visit parkscanada.gc.ca to plan your next vacation!

Activities

Opening dates
From June 21 to October 13, 2014
Schedule
CENTRE: June 21 to September 1: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; September 2 to 7: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 8 to October 13: Wednesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 30 FEET INTO NEPTUNE’S WORLD: June 28 to August 23: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early.
Cost
$7.80/adult, $6.80/senior, $3.90/child, $19.60/family or group
Reservations
Recommended for groups
Payment methods
  • Cash
  • American Express
  • Cheque
  • Interac
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Contact
13, chemin du Cap-de-Bon-Désir
Bergeronnes (Quebec) Canada
G0T 1G0
Phone: 418 232-6751 (en saison)
Phone (2): 418 235-4703 (hors saison)
Fax: 418 235-4192
Toll free: 1 888 773-8888

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