Exploramer is a science museum that showcases the St. Lawrence and raises public awareness about conserving and recognizing the marine ecosystem as a vital part of our environment.
Discover the mysteries of marine life in the St. Lawrence in about 20 pools and aquariums that are home to a living collection of fish and other marine organisms. Dip your fingers into touch pools to touch rock crab, starfish and sea urchins.
- Sharks: 100 Million Deaths
Hollywood movies and the media have transformed sharks into icons of our collective imagination, inspiring both awe and fear every time we venture into the sea. However, is this fear reasonable? This exhibition may help you rethink your perception of the sharks of the St. Lawrence and discover amazing facts about these little-known and vulnerable creatures.
- Northern Gannets: St. Lawrence Sentries
An island in the middle of the St. Lawrence, birds that change their behaviour, chicks that die… What is behind these strange phenomena?
Come and discover northern gannets in an exhibition that focuses on the food chain and the subtle balance between predator and prey. Follow the journey of these and other seabirds, from land to sea.
- Exceptional Beings: When Science Rivals Fiction
What makes marine life so diverse? A long series of transformations known as evolution! Through interactive touch screens, digital games and scientific research content, discover the many species found in the St. Lawrence as well as the mysterious and unusual world of these exceptional beings.
Board the C-E Marin Exploramer for a sea excursion. Learn about the ecosystem of the St. Lawrence, watch crab and whelk traps being hauled in and collect scientific samples. This is your opportunity to discover marine life in the St. Lawrence for real!
Put on a pair of waders and follow your guide. Participate in an experience that will allow you to explore the coastline and discover the species caught in a fishing net.
Note that this activity is offered at low tide only (download the schedule found on this page).
“Dare to Taste!” activity
This guided tasting activity will give you the opportunity to discover responsible options offered by the St. Lawrence and taste five marine species promoted by the Smarter Seafood program.
Smarter Seafood program
Exploramer launched the Smarter Seafood certification program to encourage restaurants and fish markets to introduce consumer to little-known seafood species in an effort to preserve species at risk.
The Masked Porpoise Squad is a science day camp offered to children aged 6 to 11 on Mondays and Fridays throughout the summer, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required.
Exploramer also has a gift shop you can browse for souvenirs and local handicrafts. Why not take home a piece of the sea in your luggage!
Exploramer: June 4 to October 8, 2023
ScheduleDaily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CostPlease visit our website: exploramer.qc.ca/en/rates/
ReservationsRecommended for sea excursions and the fish harvesting activity, required for the day camp
- Picnic area
- No pets allowed
- Conference/meeting room
- Free parking
- Other: free Wi-Fi and accessible to people with limited mobility or visual impairments (certified by Kéroul)
How to get there
Exploramer is located on the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts wharf, diagonally opposite the church:
- From Route 132, head north on Route du Parc (Route 299) at the lights. You will see the steeple; we are just past the church on the left.
- From Route 299, keep driving north until you reach the St. Lawrence.
Affiliations and distinctions
- Canadian Museums Association
- Québec Museums Association (SMQ)
- Tourisme Gaspésie
- Must-See Attractions Gaspésie
- Smarter Seafood
- Certified by Kéroul (accessible to people with physical disabilities)
- Winner of an environmental excellence award from the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Regional Environmental Council (2014)
- One of Destination Canada’s Canadian Signature Experiences (since 2012)
- Winner of a Phénix award for the environment in the “Responsible Consumption” category from the Ministry of the Environment (2010)
- Awarded a “citizen company” award in the cooperative sector by L’Actualité magazine (2010)
- Winner of a Québec tourism award in the “Sustainable Development” category (2008)