Plan your visit
The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is a marine protected area that includes part of the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord. It has a surface area of 1,245 km2 that is more than two and a half times that of the island of Montréal. Discover its natural and cultural riches from the four tourist regions of Quebec: Charlevoix, Côte-Nord, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, and Bas-Saint-Laurent.
There are several ways to visit the marine protected area. Want to go to sea? Several companies operate within the boundaries of the marine park, offering sea excursions by Zodiac, kayak, or boat. You can also sail with your own boat. Be aware that regulations govern the activities carried out in the park. Find out before you go.
Prefer to keep both feet on the ground? This is possible by visiting one of the 21 sites that make up the Discovery Network across four (4) tourist regions bordering the marine protected area. Three of these sites are operated by Parks Canada.
Sites d'observation en vedette
Saint-Fidèle Visitor Centre
2820, boulevard Malcolm-Fraser
La Malbaie QC G5A 2J1
182 rue de l’Église
Tadoussac QC G0T 2A0
Saint-Fidèle Visitor Centre
The Saint-Fidèle Visitor Centre is the main tourist information centre for the marine park and provides information on the available activities in the district as well as oversees activities in the marine protected area.
Take Route 138 to Saint-Fidèle (La Malbaie). Look out for brown road signs.
The towns bordering the marine park are far apart. So, it is best to get there by car. No public transport service is available in the area.
The Parks Canada interpretation and observation centres are located along Route 138 between Baie-Sainte-Catherine and Les Escoumins.
Arriving from Quebec City, take the ferry in Baie-Sainte-Catherine to get to Tadoussac. This is a free, continuous service. Ferry services also provide transportation from one side of the St. Lawrence to the other.
Hours of operation
The marine protected area is accessible at all times when navigation conditions permit.
The visitor centre is open from June 18 to October 10, 2022.
No admission fees are required to access the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park.
However, entrance and activity fees apply for the Parks Canada Interpretation and Observation Centres.
Baie-Sainte-Catherine wharf: launching ramp. Please take note that the use of the Baie Ste-Catherine Wharf launching ramp is free of charge. Make sure to check the tides schedule before launching your boat.
Facilities and services
- The marine park is home to an exceptional biodiversity: there are almost 2200 species, from microscopic algae to the largest animal on the planet, the blue whale. The marine park is recognised as one of the best places in the world to watch whales, as they are present in large numbers every year for several months and close to the coast.
- 13 species of whales frequent the park, but 6 of them are most frequently seen here.