We rarely head out for an outdoor adventure with the expectation that something will go wrong, and most times everything will go right. However, sometimes the unexpected happens and when it does, it's important that you are well informed and well prepared to minimize the negative impacts of unfortunate circumstances.

For general information on how to stay safe and a list of the 10 essential items you should bring when enjoying the outdoors visit AdventureSmart.

For important information about staying safe while enjoying the Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre, please explore the topics below:

  • Shooting on the stones that delimit the security zone.
    Water safety

    The Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre includes a section within the intertidal zone (accessible depending on the tide), consisting of uneven rocky terrain. In addition to the vantage points it offers, this area is where discovery activities such as Ocean Encounters and Les hauts et les bas du bord de mer (the ups and downs of the sea shore) take place.

    The water is ice-cold, even in summer (about 4°C). Currents are strong. Rocks near the water’s edge can be slippery, and a fall could lead to serious injury or death. To ensure the safety of all visitors, safe trails to the vantage points have been created. Stone markers define the safe zone, and it is prohibited to go outside this boundary (see image opposite). Please visit the centre only during the hours of operation. Detailed hours of operation

    Should an accident occur, lifebuoys and reach poles are available.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone. You can do your part as visitors by making sure you seek out the information you need to stay safe and make well informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Visit our websites and stop at a visitor center to speak with our employees for the most up to date information. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable and memorable visit.

Emergency contact information

Canadian Coast Guard

- Canadian Coast Guard Marine Rescue Centre and Marine Pollution Radio:
Radio VHF ch.16 (156,8 MHz) Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
On a cell phone dial*16

- Marine Rescue Centre: 1 800 463-4393

- Marine Pollution: 1 800 363-4735

Regarding collisions with or disturbances of marine mammals

- Parks Canada: 1 866 508-9888
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

- Le Réseau québécois d’urgence pour les mammifères marins (Quebec marine mammal emergency network): Regarding a marine mammal that is either wounded or in trouble: 1 877 722-5346

Fire, police and ambulance : 911