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Marine environment discovery centre

Parks Canada welcomes you to explore the world of starfish and whales at the Marine Environment Discovery Centre. The surrounding area is renowned for beautiful underwater scenery inhabited by brightly coloured organisms. Talk with nature interpreters, visit the exhibit and participate in discovery activities. Activities are presented every day of the week. Don’t miss the main activity “Le Saint-Laurent en direct!” (St. Lawrence Live!) to experience an interactive dive. You will never look at the St. Lawrence the same way after a visit to the Marine Environment Discovery Centre!

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Dates of operation:
June 16 to October 8

Detailed hours of operation:

June 16 to September 3: daily, 9 am to 6 pm
September 4 to October 8: Friday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm

Tours and programs schedule: June 16 to September 3 (daily activities may vary)

Fees:
Adult: $7.80
Senior: (65 and over): $6.80
Youth: (17 and under): free of charge
Family/Group: $15.70
Commercial group, per person: $6.80
Obtain a Discovery Card: Order here!

Adress :
41, rue des Pilotes
Les Escoumins, Québec
418 233-4414

Upcoming Events:

September 15, 2018: Marine Park Bioblitz
Interested in contributing to marine species research? Your participation in this citizen science activity will allow you to make amazing discoveries of biodiversity in the Marine Park!

  • At the Marine Environment Discovery Centre
    Close-up on the St. Lawrence’s tiniest residents! A fun activity for the whole family! Observe, identify and catalogue the micro-organisms that inhabit the park. Share your observations using the iNaturalist app. More details here!

 

  • At Baie-Éternité
    Open your eyes and ears! Will you be able to detect the Park’s rarest bird? Help our naturalists enrich the Fjord’s family album of avian fauna. Share your observations using the ibirds app.
    More details here! (link available in French only)

Things to do

St. Lawrence Live!
Take control of an underwater mission in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. Diver-interpreters show you what they are seeing through high-definition, live-streaming images. You may even communicate with them as they explore starfish, anemone and sea cucumber habitat. Fees: a 4.90$ per person. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Schedule “Le Saint-Laurent en direct!”: From June 30 to August 18.

***This activity is offered only in French but English speakers are welcome to participate and ask questions in English. ***

Nordic Snorkeling, dive with the polar stars! 
Not afraid of going underwater? Using snorkeling equipment, head down and explore the cold waters of the St. Lawrence River. After a visit to the diving base, slip into a cozy thermal dry suit, flippers and a snorkel. Get ready, take a deep breath, submerge yourself and watch out for an incredible diversity of marine animal life on the other side of your mask that will give you a real eyeful! Fees apply. The package includes all the equipment necessary for enjoying the activity, access to the site and a few surprises! For information and reservations, call 418-233-4414. We recommend doing this activity at low tide.

Estuary Soup
The St. Lawrence Estuary is home to an extraordinarily varied ecosystem. With the help of some familiar ingredients, we will concoct – and sample – the recipe of this flourishing biodiversity. You’ll come to grasp the essential role played by each component of this rich, one-of-a-kind environment, a genuine larder for a host of creatures great and small. Cheers! Offered in English on request.

The movie « Immersion in the Heart of the Marine Park »
Dive in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park thanks to fabulous images generated by «Le Saint-Laurent en direct! » (“St. Lawrence Live!”) Activity. Every on demand
Duration: 10 minutes.