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.

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.