Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Created in 1998, the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park is a marine protected area that invites you to discover its exceptional biodiversity. Explore one of the best places in the world for whale watching. 

Whale watching

Observe marine mammals and seabirds from shore at interpretation centres staffed by naturalists. 

Underwater life of the St. Lawrence

Whether it’s under water or with your two feet on dry land, explore the colourful seabeds of the St. Lawrence.

Navigating without disturbing

Plan your excursion into whale habitat on your own or with a certified company.

Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre

Discover a spectacular panorama of prime beluga habitat at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord.

Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre

Visit this fantastic location and brush up on your history of the site and your knowledge of the whales that frequent it.

Marine Environment Discovery Centre

Take a plunge into the fascinating world of the whales of the St. Lawrence. Activities for the entire family.

Visiting Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Activities and experiences

Things to do, whale watching, interpretive, discovery and diving activities, navigating in the Marine Park.

Plan your visit

How to get here, facilities and services, Parks Canada Centre at the Marine Park, local attractions, regulations.


Daily visitor fees, program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.

Safety and guidelines

Safety with wildlife, on the water and on the ice, regulations.

Permit application

For video and photo shoots, scientific research, sea excursions and guided tours, event or special activity.

About Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Stewardship and management

Management plan, co-management, contact.


Job opportunities at the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park.

Contact us

Telephone: 418-235-4703

Hours of operation

Marine area
Accessible year round, when navigation is possible or ice conditions permit.

Saint-Fidèle Visitor Centre
From June 15 to October 13, 2024

Parks Canada Interpretation Centres
From June 15 to October 14, 2024

Detailed schedule

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