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 Wild Zoo of Saint-Félicien, Quebec, Canada

The Wild Zoo of Saint-Félicien, founded in 1960, is a zoological park located in St-Félicien, in the province of Quebec. It is dedicated to the conservation of boreal fauna. There are 80 species for a total of almost 1000 animals. The original park was enlarged in 1972 with the creation of a nature trail park and six historic villages stretching over 7 km which can be visited aboard a small train from where you can observe several animals in freedom, in safety. The existing habitats have been designed so that some species find them as their own natural habitat. Other sections have been added over the years to house Japanese macaques, tigers and a Mongolian steppe. The pedestrian part has 7 sectors. There are also 2 movie theaters which allow the public to attend exhibitions and images on a 3D screen. You will find several species such as woodland caribou, snowy owls, arctic foxes, polar bears, black bears, moose, geese, bisons, antelopes, beavers, etc.

Tips

The zoo is closed until June 4th , 2021 and from June 5th to 18th , only the pedestrian section will be open with a 50% discount on the regular rates. It’ll be open till October 31st, 2021.

Wear comfortable shoes, there is a lot of walking to be done, the distances between the different sectors are important..

If you plan to spend a few days in the region, you can buy the Passeport Attrait (5 different proposals) which includes 13 tourist attractions of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and in this way you will save 40% of the regular price of the zoo entrance . However, you must check the instructions for each place during the pandemic.

The ticket office is closed and tickets are purchased online. Children under 2 don’t pay and students and people 65 and over have a discount and must show ID. Family packages are also available.

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.