Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

In 1998, after nearly 10 years of consultations, the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park was legally created. It was the first park in Quebec to offer protection exclusively to a marine environment. It was also the first park to be jointly managed by Parks Canada and the SÉPAQ (Société des établissement de plein air du Québec).

Notably, the drivers for the establishment of a park at this location were the desire to protect critical beluga habitat, as well as the exceptional geographic and oceanographic conditions of the mouth of the Saguenay. The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park covers a representative portion of the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord. It measures 1245 km.2.

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Its objectives include:

  • Conservation of species and ecosystems of the marine environment;
  • Education and public awareness;
  • Scientific research;
  • Development of natural and cultural resources;
  • Development of natural and cultural resources;

Territoire du parc marin

  • Map of the Marine Park
  • Source: © Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

To ensure the development of its natural and cultural wealth as well as its integration into the regional landscape, the Marine Park established The Discovery Network. This network comprises all interpretation centres in proximity to the Marine Park, whether they are located in the administrative regions of Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean, Charlevoix, Côte-Nord or Bas-Saint-Laurent.

One of the important issues of this park is the management of whale-watching activities. Since 2002, a regulation governs such activities within the boundaries of the park. The Marine Activities in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations was amend in January 2017 to increase the protection of marine mammals. You can find more details here.

To learn more, visit the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park website.