The Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre includes a lighthouse station and a rocky outcrop that is great for observing marine mammals as well as animals that live on the seabed and in the intertidal zone. The Chemin du Cap-de-Bon-Désir is accessed via Route 138, between the municipalities of Les Bergeronnes and Les Escoumins; it should take 20 minutes to get there from Tadoussac.

Getting here


13 Chemin du Cap-de-Bon-Désir
Les Bergeronnes QC G0T 1G0

The Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre is accessed via Route 138 in the Manicouagan region (Côte-Nord). From Quebec City, take Route 138 heading towards Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, past Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, then follow directions for Tadoussac. Take the ferry across the Saguenay River (free, continuous service). From Tadoussac, continue along Route 138 past Les Bergeronnes. Follow directions for the Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre (Centre d'interprétation et d'observation de Cap-de-Bon-Désir). Learn more

Hours of operation

The site is open from June 18 to October 10, 2022.
Complete schedule

Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply
Detailed fees list


Construction Info: Work is underway at the Cap-de-Bon-Desir Interpretation and Observation Center. All areas remain accessible to visitors. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Conservation measures have been put in place to protect archaeological resources. The Cap-de-Bon-Désir site houses over 8,000 years of history, one of the longest and oldest sequences of human occupation in the Haute-Côte-Nord. The area welcomed its first seal hunters more than 8,000 years ago and was occupied almost continuously until the period of contact with Europeans.

Have a good visit!

Facilities and services

Quick facts

  • Sitting on its rocky shores, up to 13 different whale species can be seen.
  • From 1958 to 1982, the lighthouse station was inhabited by the guards and their assistants, learn about their story.