Grandes Bergeronnes to Les Escoumins

Tadoussac, Quebec

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From Grandes Bergeronnes to les Escoumins is a beautiful stretch of coast with rocky shores, a historic lighthouse, and great whale watching. The route takes you around Cap de Bon-Désir, a lovely granite headland that has been set up by the marine park as a whale observation point for visitors. To learn more about the whales and seals in the area, make sure you visit the Marine Mammal Museum in Tadoussac before you start your trip, and stop in at Cap de Bon-Désir to see the lighthouse and the small museum as well. Boats are required by law to stay 1 kilometer off of the point to prevent them from disturbing the whales that come close to shore (where park visitors observe them). The rule is rarely if ever enforced for sea kayakers. However, in fairness to the visitors on shore, you should swing wide as you round the point. Boat-watchers can watch huge ships pause to pick up St. Lawrence pilots from the pilot station near Escoumins to help them pilot the river between here and Montreal. For this reason international shipping comes quite close to shore.

Grandes Bergeronnes to Les Escoumins Professional Review and Guide

"From Grandes Bergeronnes to les Escoumins is a beautiful stretch of coast with rocky shores, a historic lighthouse, and great whale watching. The route takes you around Cap de Bon-Désir, a lovely granite headland that has been set up by the marine park as a whale observation point for visitors. To learn more about the whales and seals in the area, make sure you visit the Marine Mammal Museum in Tadoussac before you start your trip, and stop in at Cap de Bon-Désir to see the lighthouse and the small museum as well.

Boats are required by law to stay 1 kilometer off of the point to prevent them from disturbing the whales that come close to shore (where park visitors observe them). The rule is rarely if ever enforced for sea kayakers. However, in fairness to the visitors on shore, you should swing wide as you round the point. Boat-watchers can watch huge ships pause to pick up St. Lawrence pilots from the pilot station near Escoumins to help them pilot the river between here and Montreal. For this reason international shipping comes quite close to shore."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Tadoussac
Distance: 12
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day or part day
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: CHS LC1235, Canadian topographical map 22 C/4 and 22 C/6
Driving Directions: Directions to Grandes Bergeronnes to Les Escoumins

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