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.
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 19 to October 11
ScheduleJune 19 to September 6: daily. September 7 to October 11: Friday to Sunday.
Cost$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)
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 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