Dive into the colourful world of the St. Lawrence and observe the whales! Parks Canada invites you to explore some of the most beautiful underwater scenery in North America at the Marine Environment Discovery Centre.
Family activities are offered on site every day. Observe whales, seals and seabirds near the shore. Our guides are there to answer your questions. Bring a picnic and a windbreaker.
Enjoy a virtual dive in the St. Lawrence, an enchanting sensory experience! The “St. Lawrence Live” activity gives you the opportunity to ask the divers questions and request that they look for a particular animal for you. Consult the schedule and phone for reservations.
Dive or snorkel in the St. Lawrence! The Marine Environment Discovery Centre has one of the most fully equipped diving bases in the province of Québec. Take advantage of the amenities and services available on site: guided dives, equipment rentals, air filling station, hot showers and fresh water tank to rinse your gear. Safe and easy access to the water. Professional divers available to guide you.
Learn more about the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park and the St. Lawrence Estuary, the largest estuary in the world, by visiting the centre's exhibit, which will also tell you about the history of the St. Lawrence beluga.
June 18 to October 10, 2016
ScheduleCENTRE: June 18 to September 5: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; September 6 to October 10: Friday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ST. LAWRENCE LIVE: June 25 to July 16: Saturday, Sunday and Thursday at 2:30 pm; July 17 to August 13: Wednesday to Sunday at 2:30 p.m.; August 14 to 20: Saturday, Sunday and Thursday at 2:30 pm
Cost$7.80/adult, $6.80/senior, $3.90/child, $19.60/family or group (up to 7 people travelling in the same vehicle)
ReservationsRecommended for groups and for the "St. Lawrence Live" activity
- American Express
- Travelers Cheque
- Picnic area
- Pets allowed on leashes only
- Free parking
- Other: Diving base
- Guide Services
How to get there
Take Route 138 to Les Escoumins and follow the signs for the Marine Environment Discovery Centre (Centre de découverte du milieu marin).
The Marine Environment Discovery Centre is located 36 km (22 mi.) from Tadoussac, 150 km (95 mi.) from Saguenay, 165 km (100 mi.) from Baie-Comeau and 250 km (155 mi.) from Québec City.
Affiliations and distinctions
Parks Canada manages a network of 46 national parks, 168 historic sites and 4 marine conservation areas. Discover for yourself the many wonders, adventures and learning experiences that await you in these sites. Visit parkscanada.gc.ca to plan your next vacation!