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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!


Dates of operation:
June 17 to October 9

Detailed hours of operation:

June 17 to September 4: daily, 9 am to 6 pm
September 5 to October 9: Friday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm

Tours and programs schedule: June 17 to September 4 (daily activities may vary)


Free entry in 2017 Other fees still apply
Canada150_Logo_MainPrincipal_RedRouge_RGBIn 2017, Parks Canada is inviting Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation at our national treasures from coast to coast to coast. For the occasion, we’re offering free admission to all Parks Canada locations.

Order your 2017 Discovery Pass: Order your FREE Pass here!

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

Upcoming Events:
September 1 and 2, 2018: Festival marin des Escoumins (Les Escoumins Marine Festival)

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. Reservation: Reservations are recommended. Call 418-233-4414. Schedule “Le Saint-Laurent en direct!”: From June 24 to August 19.

***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 appliy. 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.

Like a Fish to Water
Human beings do not seem to be particularly well suited either for Arctic cold or desert heat, nor are they well adapted to ocean depths. Lacking fins and the ability to withstand cold, how can a person penetrate into the heart of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park? Let’s take a cue from the experts, and discover the biodiversity of the marine Park. Offered in English on request.

St. Lawrence Sharks: Plankton-feeding or Man-eating?
What’s that… sharks live only in the warm waters of the south? Of course not! The great white shark and some of its cartilaginous peers actually frequent the St. Lawrence. Come discover the shark species lurking in Eastern Canada’s waters and what makes them unique. 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 day at 4 p.m.

Duration: 10 minutes.