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.

Kefalonia, Greece

Kefalonia is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea known for its chasms. It is the largest and most mountainous of the Ionian Islands. The main cities are Argostoli, the capital, Lixouri in the peninsula of Paliki, and Sami. More than a third of the inhabitants of the island are in Argostoli. The island has remarkable natural formations, you can find katavothres also known as sea mills (holes that swallow sea water), the cave of Melissani and Drogarati cave. Its highest point is Ainos Mount (1628 meters) with its national park created to protect the pine of Kefalonia. Unfortunately it is an earthquake zone. The island remained mostly wild and that’s what today it brings a tourist who appreciates this kind of condition that does not exist elsewhere. The island had a significant emigration and many of its inhabitants have gone to the United States, Canada or Australia. To visit: St. George fortress, the ruins of the fortress of Assos, the remains of St Mark’s Church, the underground lake Melissani, the caves of katavothres, the museum and the library of Korgialenios, the remains of the Roman city in Skala, St. Gerasimos monastery; among others.

Tips

There is a cave 4 km southwest of Sami that descends to a depth of 95 meters and it s upper limit is 60 meters under sea level. If your visit is especially in summer, find out because it is possible to attend concerts because of the very good acoustic sound. Its temperature is constant at 18 ° C with a humidity of 90%, so it would be convenient to bring a jacket or a sweater long sleeves.

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.