The Marine Environment Discovery Centre is a site you will not want to miss along the Whale Route! Discover the underwater world of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park from starfish to the largest marine mammals.
Admire whales as they feed a few hundred feet from the shore! You can also observe seals and seabirds, enjoy a picnic with a sublime view of the St. Lawrence and participate in discovery activities led by interpreter guides.
Snorkelling and scuba diving
Dive into the cold salty waters of the marine park, which is recognized as one of the best diving destinations in North America. Whether you go snorkelling or scuba diving, you will discover varied and colourful marine life beneath the waves.
June 17 to October 9, 2023
ScheduleJune 17 to September 4: daily. September 5 to October 9: Friday to Sunday and Monday, October 9.
Cost$8.25/adult (18-64), $7.25/senior (65+), $16.75/family, free for children under 18 (tickets include admission to the Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre on the same day)
ReservationsRequired for commercial groups
- American Express
- Picnic area
- Pets allowed on leashes only
- Free parking
- Other: equipment rentals for snorkelling and scuba diving
- Guide services
How to get there
Take Route 138 East to Les Escoumins and follow the signs for the Marine Environment Discovery Centre (Centre de découverte du milieu marin).
The discovery centre is about 35 km (20 mi.) east of Tadoussac (a 30-minute drive), 150 km (95 mi.) south of Saguenay (a 2-hour drive), 165 km (100 mi.) west of Baie-Comeau (a 2-hour drive) and 250 km (155 mi.) east of Québec City (a 3-hour drive).
Affiliations and distinctions
- Parks Canada
- Tourisme Côte-Nord
- Whale Route
- Réseau d’observation des baleines (network of land-based whale-watching sites)
- Eco-Whale Alliance