The Saguenay-Saint-Laurent Marine Park, Quebec, Canada

The Saguenay-Saint-Laurent Marine Park is a place well known for the beauty of its landscapes and for the presence of marine mammals (whales, seals) and birds. This is the place where the river and the fjord come together. Different companies offer whale watching cruises in zodiacs or boats; ranging from 12 to 600 passengers. The excursions are accompanied by a bilingual guide or captain who takes pleasure in telling you about the whales and the fjord. The duration is approximately 2 hours – 2 and a half hours. Departures are from the Tadoussac marina or nearby. There are several species of whales but the only one that lives all year round in the St. Lawrence is the beluga, the others just come to feed from May to October.

Tips

It is advisable to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars if you want to have a better view, warm clothes, closed shoes and of course your camera.

In this special situation, it is mandatory to wear your mask.

You can also visit the CIMM (Mammal Interpretation Center) to broaden your knowledge.

The Regional Parc of the North River, St-Jerome, Quebec

The Regional Parc of the North River is located in Saint-Jérôme, in the Laurentians. It is easily accessible by highway 15 (exit 45). If you love nature, this park will offer you several activities to enjoy. You will find Wilson Falls, a historic circuit, a trail that exhibits works of art made from shoreline wood, bridges, footbridges, quite simply trails (30 km) … You can practice water sports (canoes -kayaks), take a bike ride, walk, practice fishing (fly, lure or worms), use the hebertism trail, and in winter, ski or snowshoe. If you like bird watching, this is a great place.

Tips

Access is free for people living in the region. You can buy a daily, seasonal or annual pass. There is also the possibility of purchasing access for a small group (10 people).

The fishing license is compulsory but there is no supplement to practice it.

If it rains, the hebertism trail is closed.

The bike trails are closed from October to May.

Scullion Garden, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada

By buying abandoned land in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in 1985, Brian Scullion had begun the development of his business, a production nursery and in 1999 he decided to diversify his activities by creating the Scullion Garden. This garden has a little more than 2,000 species of plants from around the world, many of which have had to adapt to the harsh climatic conditions of the region. This place is a pretty important tourist attraction in the area. You will find beautiful landscaping, buildings and infrastructure, several trails, streams, a mini farm, games for children, an ancient forest camp, picnic areas and several animal species. There is also a new development of 12 hectares with nearly300 species of conifers.

Tips

A very important detail is that all signs are in three languages (French, Spanish and English) and everything is well indicated.

If you want to visit the area of the new coniferous garden project, you can rent an electric cart.

Several packages are available to visitors and children under 5, accompanied by an adult, enter for free. For groups of 30 people and over, there’s a guide service.

Pets on a leash are allowed on the site, except at the restauration service.