Marine Environment Discovery Centre

41, rue des Pilotes
Les Escoumins (Quebec) Canada
G0T 1K0
Phone:
+418-233-4414 (in season)
Phone (2):
+418-235-4703 (off season)
Fax:
+418-235-4192
Toll free:
+1-888-773-8888
Email:
information@pc.gc.ca

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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.


Opening dates

June 16 to October 8, 2018


Schedule

CENTRE: June 16 to September 3: daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 4 to October 8: Friday to Sunday and statutory holidays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ST. LAWRENCE LIVE: June 30 to July 14: Saturday, Sunday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. July 15 to August 11: Wednesday to Sunday at 2:30 p.m. August 12 to 18: Saturday, Sunday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. OTHER ACTIVITIES: June 17 to September 4: daily at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Cost

$7.80/adult (18+), $6.80/senior (65+), free for child under 17, $4.90 for the St. Lawrence Live activity

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 Marine Environment Discovery Centre is one of the best coastal sites to observe whales and is part of a network of land-based whale-watching sites in Côte-Nord. Keep your ears peeled and you may hear the blows of the whales!
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
Explore one of the most beautiful diving sites in North America. Dive in complete safety with a professional diver.
Wildlife Observation
Observe whales, seals and seabirds near the shore. Participate in activities and visit our saltwater aquarium, which is home to colourful and strangely shaped animals: starfish, anemones, sea cucumbers and more.
Interpretation Sites
The “St. Lawrence Live” activity will introduce you to the underwater world of the St. Lawrence, to the delight of visitors of all ages. Other activities and an exhibit are sure to satisfy your curiosity. Guides are on hand to answer your questions.
Museums
The “St. Lawrence Live” activity will introduce you to the underwater world of the St. Lawrence, to the delight of visitors of all ages. Other activities and an exhibit are sure to satisfy your curiosity. Guides are on hand to answer your questions.


Services

  • Picnic area
  • Pets allowed on leashes only
  • Boutique
  • 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

Affiliations : 

  • Canada Parks
  • Tourisme Côte-Nord - Manicouagan
  • Whale Route

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