Marine Environment Discovery Centre

41, rue des Pilotes
Les Escoumins (Quebec) Canada
G0T 1K0
+418-233-4414 (in season)
Phone (2):
+418-235-4703 (off season)
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The Marine Environment Discovery Centre is a site you won’t 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.

Whale watching

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.

Opening dates

June 19 to October 11


June 19 to September 6: daily. September 7 to October 11: Friday to Sunday.


$7.90/adult (18-64), $6.90/senior (65+), $16/family, free for children under 18 (tickets include admission to the Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre on the same day)


Required for commercial groups

Payment methods

  • Visa  Visa
  • MasterCard  MasterCard
  • American Express  American Express
  • Interac  Interac
  • Cash  Cash

Activities available

Whale Watching
The Marine Environment Discovery Centre is one of the best coastal sites to observe whales.
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
Explore one of the most beautiful diving sites in North America. Snorkelling and scuba diving activities are offered for all levels of experience. Discover surprising marine flora and fauna!
Wildlife Observation
This centre is an excellent place to observe whales, seals and seabirds as well as other marine life found in the underwater world of the St. Lawrence. Consult the other tabs for more details on the activities available here.
Interpretation Sites
Discover the underwater world of the St. Lawrence without getting wet during the “St. Lawrence Live” activity as well as other interpretive and discovery activities.
Visit the exhibition on the marine life found in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park and participate in the interpretive activities offered throughout the summer.
Bird Watching
Watch seabirds of all kinds from the comfort of the amphitheater, which overlooks the St. Lawrence Estuary. You will see eiders and other diving ducks as well as cormorants, scoters and much more!


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

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