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Small But Highly Complex

Most of the study area lies within the Park’s boundaries and includes roughly: a) the head of the Laurentian Channel in the St. Lawrence Estuary stretching to the east of Les Escoumins, b) the confluence area at the entrance to the Saguenay Fjord and about 10 km upriver to L’Anse de Roche, c) the South Channel and waters surrounding Île Rouge, and d) upriver, the waters west of K56 to Baie des Rochers.

The total study area covers about 600 km2 but the area most regularly surveyed is only about a third of this size (see map). However, regular surveys outside of this core area, where great whales are less abundant, are carried out regularly. Due to the complexity and ever changing environmental parameters and the high abundance of whales, there is a huge amount of research data to collect despite the rather small area covered.

The area can easily be reached by public transportation travelling from Quebec City about 220 km along the North shore of the St. Lawrence River. The research station lies just east of the village of Les Bergeronnes, about 25 km East of Tadoussac. Our home harbour is the Marina of Les Bergeronnes, which is the ideal starting point to reach any place within the study area during daily outings.