Parks Canada welcomes you to explore the marine life at the Marine Environment Discovery Centre. From the rocks, watch for whales, seals and birds. The surrounding area is renowned for beautiful underwater scenery inhabited by brightly coloured organisms.
Dates of operation:
June 19 to October 11, 2021
Detailed hours of operation:
June 19 to September 6: daily, 9 am to 6 pm
September 7 to October 10: Friday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm
October 11: 9 am to 5 pm
Senior: (65 and over): $6.90
Youth: (17 and under): free of charge
Commercial group, per person: $6.90
Order a Discovery Pass
41, rue des Pilotes
Les Escoumins, Québec
Learn more about the Marine Park and the St. Lawrence Estuary, the largest estuary in the world, by visiting the centre's exhibit.
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. 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!
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!
Dive fans now have an opportunity to better fathom the treasures of the Marine Park through an interpretive circuit installed approximately 10 metres below the surface. In an area renowned for its stunning seabed, this self-guiding circuit incorporates information panels that present lesser-known aspects of species likely to be encountered while diving. Did you know that the sea sponge is an animal? Have you ever heard of sea cucumbers, sea peaches or sea strawberries? The activity is for beginner to advanced scuba divers.
The introductory dive offers visitors an initial dive experience in a protected natural environment. Under the supervision of a diving instructor, participants learn the general guidelines of diving, become acquainted with their equipment and perform their first dive. This activity is for the general public, small groups of one to two people, upon reservation only. Contact dive centre staff for further information.
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!”).
Would you like to scuba dive but don’t have the equipment or knowledge to do so? Underwater activities and services are offered at the Marine Environment Discovery Centre. The Marine Environment Discovery Centre’s diving base is operated by the Fédération québécoise des activités subaquatiques (FQAS).
For more details on the services offered, we advise you to contact the Marine Environment Discovery Centre’s diving base.