Welcome to Rivière-du Loup. In just a few minutes, you’ll be at Parc de la Pointe, where the interpretation centre – the only one of its kind in the whole region – reveals the wonders of the mighty St. Lawrence River. Welcome to the Station exploratoire du Saint-Laurent, where you can explore to your heart’s content!
The Station has two exhibitions. In one of them, you can get a bird’s eye view of the River, with its vast shoreline, islands, life-filled waters, sea birds, whales and seals. Check out the huge collection of marine mammal skeletons, including a grey seal, a beluga and an 8-metre-long minke whale. The second one explores the hidden face of the St. Lawrence and its strangely beautiful treasures, from plankton to invertebrates, fish, skates, sharks and sea turtles. You can admire mounted specimens, have fun with interactive modules and even get up close and wet with a touch pool and aquarium.
All summer long, enthusiastic interpreter guides are on hand to show you around and answer your questions.
Outdoors, head to the patio overlooking the River and see what you can spot through one of the telescopes: sea birds? belugas? a gorgeous sunset? In any case, you’re guaranteed a splendid vista. Don’t miss the garden with its shoreline plants and interpretation panels, too.
Do you enjoy hiking and getting out in nature? Right near the Station, the Kiskotuk coastal park extends along the Cacouna and L’Isle-Verte shoreline, with lots of sites and trails for you to explore.
The St. Lawrence thanks you
The Station is managed by the Réseau d’observation de mammifères marins, a non-profit organization committed to saving the whales and seals of the St. Lawrence and their habitats. Revenue is reinvested in research, education and promoting and protecting the St. Lawrence marine ecosystem.