Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre

13, chemin du Cap-de-Bon-Désir
Les Bergeronnes (Quebec) Canada
G0T 1G0
Phone:
+418-232-6751 (in season)
Phone (2):
+418-235-4703 (off season)
Fax:
+418-235-4192
Toll free:
+1-888-773-8888
Email:
pc.infossl@canada.ca

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See whales, seals and seabirds near the shore in Les Bergeronnes.

Observe belugas, porpoises and other marine mammals from the shore: The Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre is an ideal place to observe whales and seals because these marine mammals often swim within a few hundred feet of the shore. Regardless of the time of day or the tides, your chances of spotting a whale are good during the period that the centre is open (see the schedule). Access to the site is only possible when the centre is open.

Go on a picnic by the sea or at the foot of the lighthouse: Bring a picnic and make sure you wear warm clothes and closed shoes. The temperature can drop by 10°C (50°F) when the tide rises, even on a warm summer day. From mid-June to mid-October, the temperature can range from 4°C (39°F) to 30°C (86°F), depending on the wind, the tide and the presence of fog.

For children: Children will enjoy the play area inspired by the whales.

Tickets include admission to other Parks Canada interpretation centres on the same day, including the Marine Environment Discovery Centre (Les Escoumins).


Opening dates

June 20 to October 12, 2020


Schedule

CENTRE: June 20 to September 13: daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; September 14 to October 12: Wednesday to Sunday and during statutory holidays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

$7.90/adult (18-64), $6.90/senior (65+), $16/family (maximum 7 people travelling in a single vehicle), free for child under 18

Reservations

Recommended for groups

Payment methods

  • Visa  Visa
  • MasterCard  MasterCard
  • American Express  American Express
  • Interac  Interac
  • Cheque  Cheque
  • Cash  Cash
  • Travelers Cheque  Travelers Cheque

Activities available

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. Open from mid-June to mid-October.
Hiking
From the lightkeeper’s house, follow a 300-metre (1000-foot) walk to the edge of the water. This will take you through a mixed forest. Breathe in the smell of the forest as you listen to the wind, the birds and the blows of the whales.


Services

  • Childrens playground
  • Picnic area
  • Pets allowed on leashes only
  • Free parking

How to get there

Take Route 138 to Les Bergeronnes and follow the signs for the Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre (Centre d’interprétation et d’observation de Cap-de-Bon-Désir).

The Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre is located 30 km (18 mi.) from Tadoussac, 145 km (90 mi.) from Saguenay, 171 km (105 mi.) from Baie-Comeau and 245 km (150 mi.) from Québec City.


Affiliations and distinctions

Affiliations

  • Parks Canada
  • Tourisme Côte-Nord
  • The Whale Route
  • Réseau d’observation des baleines (network of land-based whale-watching sites)
  • Eco-Whale Alliance

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