Mingan Island Cetacean Study Research Station

Mingan Island Cetacean Study Research Station

Mingan Island Cetacean Study Research Station
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Come join us at the MICS research station! Whether you just want to find out more about marine mammals in the Gulf of St Lawrence through a guided tour of our beautiful museum by experienced and knowledgeable scientists, or join us for a full week out on the water and at the station for a unique wildlife experience, you are all welcome to the Mingan Island Cetacean Study research station. Note for the week sessions : For safety reasons, we cannot accept pregnant women or children under the age of 12 for our boat trips.
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Mingan Island Cetacean Study has been established since 1979 and its interpretation centre opened in 1992. In 1996 the centre entered into a joint venture with Parks Canada with the creation of the Mingan Island Research Interpretation Centre.

It is a non-profit organization and has become a world leader in the field of research of marine mammals. Although entrance is free, donations are encouraged to help further the centre’s work to protect the gentle giants of the sea. Founded over 40 years ago it helps to protect the endangered animals of the St. Lawrence Estuary. The museum offers a self-guided visit to the exhibition with QR codes, but there are on site marine biologists who are more than happy to answer questions. We learned about research being done through life-size whale sculptures, murals, and a video.

The visitor’s centre is located in the other half of the building and it has a fabulous display detailing the history of the area – in both official languages. There are numerous interactive panels and we also watched a video with English sub-titles. We spent about an hour wondering through this portion of the building.

We also learned that the area was first visited by fishermen and sailors from the Basque area of Spain, and that a permanent settlement was founded in 1849 by fishermen from the Gaspe Region.
Written October 22, 2022
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shanaamy
Richmond Hill71 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Family
We had a tour of the museum which is shared with the national park. A great place to stop and learn about the blue whales and research they're doing for endangered wild life. The team couldn't have been more helpful or friendly.
Written August 6, 2018
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mswestlinn2015
West Linn, OR41 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Family
If traveling the North Shore route, also marked as the Whale route, stopping as this whale museum/research center is a must-see. The center features information about the many species of whales that migrate the North Shore from the smallest Minke whale to the largest Blue Whale. You'll learn about the ongoing Blue whale research. Volunteer programs are available.
Written August 27, 2017
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Sarah-Claude L
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May 2016 • Friends
I've had the pleasure to be part of the team while studying in Biology. I've met wonderful and passionnate people, willing to give all they got for the station. Part of my job was to assist travelers coming with us on expedition to watch the whales. It was always so fun to meet the clients and see their joy as they saw their first whale of the day. The MAJOR difference coming with the MICS on the sea, is that you are with biologists and experts ! You can ask whatever questions you have, they will know the answer. You'll get close to whale/marine mammals and you'll help finance research on the St-Lawrence river. It's a once in a lifetime experience, I garantee it ! The day on the sea may be to hard for young kids, but perfect for teens and adults !
Written May 24, 2016
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AMGQC
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
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Jul 2015 • Family
An absolutely fascinating visit! We took a guided tour through the museum by an extremely knowledgeable guide. The museum is full of neat artifacts and beautiful paintings. We were also given the option to view a short film on whales in the area and visit the acoustic experience room.
The research station offers day trips out to see whales with their researchers, which was absolutely incredible! We saw fin whales and minke whales on our trip out.
Whether you are passing through Longue-Pointe de Mingan or staying for a while, take the time to visit this museum and take a trip out on the water!
Written August 6, 2015
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sabgkids
Lilburn, GA184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013
Well done museum exhibiting the marine mammals of the St. Lawrence. Very knowledgable staff to guide you through, in French and English! Active research station for the whales that visit this area. Take the time to visit!
Written September 3, 2013
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Andree Anne
Drummondville, Canada14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I enjoyed visiting the exhibition set up by the research center. Interesting current painting exhibition.
Canada Park agent, welcoming and knowledgeable about the area.
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Written August 3, 2023
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