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Permits are required to operate a marine tour business, carry out scientific activities or hold a special activity within the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park boundaries, according to the Marine Activities Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations. You must submit a permit application whether you offer or plan to do one or the other of these activities, whether it is for profit or not:

* Marine tours (whale-watching cruises):

Class 1 permit

* Marine tours (other than whale-watching cruises):

Class 2 permit

* Sea kayaking marine tours:

Class 3 permit - Sea kayaking

* International cruises:

Cruise ship permit

*Shuttle service:

Shuttle service permit

*Special activities: One or more of the following activities. Filming, image caption, photography; flights over the Marine Park within 2000 feet (609.6 metres) over the surface of the water (including unmanned drones); sailboat races, fishing tournaments; other:

Special activity permit

* Scientific research and harvesting activities for educational purposes:

Research permit and harvesting for educational purposes

Procedure for the delivery of your application

Completed forms can be sent to Parks Canada by mail or electronic version at the following address:

*In order to complete the electronic form, please download the form, fill out the fields on your computer, save the form and send it via e-mail.

Evaluation of applications and processing times

The objectives of the Marine Park and regulatory obligations guide the analysis of your application. Although much priority is given to each new application, a period of up to 30 days may be required to issue a permit. Make sure to include all relevant information for your activity so as not to lengthen the processing required to issue the permit.

Administrative fees are payable for the evaluation of your request, and other charges may apply.

For questions concerning permits: contact us. Please indicate “permit application” in the subject line.

Flying aircrafts

Flights within 2,000 feet above water are prohibited within the boundaries of the park. The use of drones for recreational purposes is prohibited above the boundaries of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, as in all national parks. The use of an aircraft for scientific research, education or promotion is licensed. Submit an application for a special activity permit.