The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.

Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Important information about your visit to Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Your visit will be different this year; please plan ahead.

Some visitor reception and interpretation services at Parks Canada's interpretation and observation centres along the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park are limited to protect the health and safety of visitors and employees. The anticipated opening date is June 19, 2021.

Most tour boat companies are scheduled to begin operations on June 19, but this date is subject to change. Please contact the companies for their schedule and procedures.

What’s open (updated July 23, 2021)

Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Tour boat companies, boaters and kayakers are responsible for confirming with the health authorities whether they are able to operate their boats and under what conditions they can do so.

Marine Environment Discovery Centre

  • Day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
  • Public washrooms;
  • Gift shop, shopping at the gatehouse from June 19 to October 11;
  • Interpretation service;
  • Paths to shoreline observation areas;
  • Exhibition: every day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
  • Diving base operated by the Fédération québécoise des activités subaquatiques (FQAS).

Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre

  • Interpretation service;
  • Paths to shoreline observation areas;
  • Outdoor picnic area;
  • Red chairs;
  • Public washrooms;
  • Foghorn;
  • Playground;
  • Gift shop: products for sale at the welcome gateway during all hours of operation from June 19 to October 11; gift shop in the assistant lightkeeper's house open from July 1 to September 6, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre

  • Interpretation service;
  • Paths to shoreline observation areas;
  • Merchandise vending machine (as of July 1);
  • Day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
  • Lookout tower;
  • Public washrooms.

Baie-Sainte-Catherine Wharf 

  • Public washrooms;
  • Launch ramp;
  • Starting location for marine excursions;
  • Interpretation: June 19 to August 14, Friday to Tuesday.

Saint-Fidèle visitor centre (La Malbaie) 

  • Visitor reception service;
  • Public washrooms;
  • Gift shop;
  • Exhibition;
  • Interpretation.
What’s closed (updated June 8, 2021)
  • Interpretation activities ("St. Lawrence Live!," "Estuary Punch" and "Ocean Encounters");
  • Binocular and equipment loans;
  • Geocaching;
  • Special events, with the exception of "Jazz Under the Moon," which is held entirely outdoors. Limited number of spaces.

Marine Environment Discovery Centre

  • Aquarium;
  • Indoor dining area.

Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre

  • Exhibition;
  • Lookout;
  • Indoor dining area.

Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre

  • Exhibition.

Baie-Sainte-Catherine Wharf 

  • Gift shop.
Your safety when visiting

The health and safety of visitors and employees remains Parks Canada's priority. This is why Parks Canada is asking everyone to respect the guidelines and recommendations from Quebec's public health authorities to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for helping us ensure a safe, respectful and enjoyable visitor experience for all!

  • Keep a distance of two metres between your family bubble and others at all times.
  • Anyone aged 10 or over must wear a mask in the indoor spaces. Scarves, neck warmers and balaclavas are not accepted.
  • Indoor capacity could be reduced to ensure that physical distancing remains possible.
  • Practise good hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face. Use hand sanitizer when in public spaces where you have to touch surfaces.
  • Safety is a shared responsibility. Plan ahead and bring your own hygiene products (face covering, hand sanitizer, tablecloth, etc.). Please note that outdoor surfaces are not sanitized.
  • Are you experiencing symptoms of COVID-19? We ask that you postpone your visit if you feel sick or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Other safety tips

  • The rocks along the river can sometimes be slippery. Please remain careful.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor and indoor spaces, and please dispose of waste in the appropriate garbage containers or take your waste home.

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