On the North Shore, participants stay at a local cottage ('gîte') « La Chicoutée » located in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan where they have private rooms with shared bathrooms. You will be picked up every morning and drop off every evening. For more information about the cottage, please check out their website.
The quaint and cosy "Chicoutée" in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan
In Gaspé, you will be staying in a motel or a bed & breakfast in Cap-aux-Os, a small town 30 minutes away from Gaspé, close to the Forillon National Park.
Motel-chalet Baie de Gaspé
In the Azores, participants stay at the Hotel "Whale’come ao Pico", located next to B.O.C.A (Base d’Observation des Cétacés des Açores) of Espaço Talassa and the baleen museum of Lajes do Pico. For more information, please check their website:
Espaço Talassa and Hotel Whale'come
All meals are included during MICS Research Expeditions
Every morning, the cottage offers an excellent breakfast prepared by Pauline and Sylvain, owners of the gîte. Lunch is prepared by MICS either packed on the water or consumed at the team's house. Dinner is in charge of a very good local restaurant called "Le Macareux Dodu".
Gaspé (Blue whales)
Breakfasts are eaten at the motel or B&B, while lunches are prepared by the combined field team and are eaten on the water. Dinners are enjoyed in local restaurants.
Meals are spent with the team in the restaurant at Hotel Whale-Come.
What to bring
North Shore & Gaspé (Blue Whale)
While the air temperature may be warm, the water temperature is much cooler, even during the summer months. MICS will provide participants with thermal flotation suits for safety and wind protection. Participants should bring warm and comfortable clothing for long days at sea. We recommend wearing layers, including thermal underwear, wool sweaters, pile/fleece and shell jackets, gloves, warm socks, a scarf and hat, and warm footwear. Sun protection for the face, lips, and eyes are also essential. Do not forget to bring binoculars, a camera, and plenty of batteries!
Weather in the Azores is typically mild throughout the year, but due to its maritime subtropical climate, it is also very humid (with an average of 70-80%). Our collaborators at Espaço Talassa will provide a rain jacket and life jacket for you to wear at sea, but you may choose to bring some wet weather gear with you, and some comfortable clothes to suit mild weather. Also don't forget your camera!
North Shore : July 16th to September 10th, 2022
Blue Whale (Gaspé) : August 20th to September 10th, 2022
Azores : April 30 to May 7th, 2022
How to get there
MICS takes care of transportation to and from the nearest airport, as well as any other travel plans throughout the week. Arrivals and departures occur on Saturdays. You can, however, arrive with your own transportation if you wish.
Meeting point: Sept-Iles (YZV airport or downtown)
Personal transportation: via highway 138
Gaspé (Blue whale)
Meeting point: Gaspé (YGP airport or downtown)
Personal transportation: via highway 132
Meeting point: Lajes of Pico airport (PIX)
Booking and cancellation policy
Request a booking by clicking the link below and we will be in touch with you to confirm the booking.
A pre-booking will initially be put in place and maintained for 7 days. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receiving a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of the total cost of the trip. If we do not receive notification of payment within the 7 days following the pre-booking, we will assume that you have cancelled your reservation.
The total sum must be paid at the latest 8 weeks before the start of your session.
If you book a research session that begins within the following 8 weeks of your pre-booking, you must pay the total sum in order to confirm your reservation.
Personal cheques (Canada only), money order, bank drafts, cash payments, or online by credit card (click on the yellow “DONATE” button on the top right-hand side, then ‘’Donate to MICS’’). Please send a proof of payment to email@example.com. All payments must be made in Canadian dollars (CAD).
Cancellation and refunds
* 4 to 8 weeks before the start of the session: a refund of 50% of the total amount will be applied
* 2 to 4 weeks before the start of the session: a refund of 25% of the total amount will be applied
* Less than 2 weeks before the beginning of the session. No refund.