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)
Toll free:
+1-888-773-8888
Email:
info.parcmarin@canada.ca

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Discover the beauty of marine life, from starfish to whales! Parks Canada invites you to explore some of the most beautiful underwater scenery in North America at the Marine Environment Discovery Centre, which is located about 35 km (20 mi.) east of Tadoussac.

Observe whales, seals and seabirds from the shore, only a few feet from the water. Our guides are there to answer your questions.

Visit the exhibit in the centre and participate in activities offered daily from mid-June to early September. The exhibit will tell you everything you need to know about the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park and the St. Lawrence Estuary, which is the largest in the world! In addition, find out more about the history of the belugas in the St. Lawrence.

Enjoy a virtual dive in the St. Lawrence, an enchanting sensory experience! The “St. Lawrence Live” activity gives you the opportunity to ask divers questions and request that they look for a particular animal for you. You will be captivated! Consult the schedule.

Go scuba diving or snorkelling in the St. Lawrence, at one of the best equipped diving bases in 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.

Stop for a picnic and admire the view of the sea. Ticket includes admission to the two other Parks Canada interpretation centres on the same day (Cap-de-Bon-Désir and Pointe-Noire).


Opening dates

June 15 to October 14, 2019


Schedule

CENTRE: June 15 to September 2: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 3 to October 14: Friday to Sunday and statutory holidays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “ST. LAWRENCE LIVE” ACTIVITY: June 29 to July 14: Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. July 15 to August 11: Wednesday to Sunday at 2:30 p.m. August 12 to 17: Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. OTHER ACTIVITIES: June 15 to September 2: daily at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Cost

$7.80/adult (18-64), $6.80/senior (65+), free for child under 17, $4.90 for the “St. Lawrence Live” activity (ticket includes same-day admission to the Cap-de-Bon-Désir and Pointe-Noire interpretation centres); annual passes available on site or online

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. Go snorkelling (equipment included) or scuba diving (some restrictions may apply).
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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