NOTE: DAY-TRIPS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
We strategically decided not to run our usual Day-Trip programme as of 2017.
Until further notice we have decided to focus all of our efforts on our research, international academic partnerships and research projects, and trademark weekly “Research Adventures” (open to the public). As a result, for the time being, our Day-Trip Programme is still discontinued.
Our Museum in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan will be open as usual and ready to welcome visitors from June to September 2018.
For those of you still wishing to take part in day-trips, we recommend that you check out the options in the following regions: Gaspésie (especially our long-time collaborators at Croisières Baie de Gaspé) and Tadoussac - Les Escoumins.
Spend a day on the water with biologists in the Mingan Archipelago and support whale research
MICS is a non-profit organization that has been conducting long-term studies on blue, fin, minke, and humpback whales in the Mingan Archipelago for over thirty years. Participating in a day trip at sea with our researchers gives you the chance to experience field research first-hand and to meet individual whales, some of whom we have known for over 20 years. As we encounter cetaceans in their natural habitat, MICS researchers will share their knowledge, acquired through more than 25 years of fieldwork in the St. Lawrence, of the species encountered. You can experience our photo-identification, biopsy, acoustic, and behavioural data collection techniques.
Itinerary and Equipment
We meet every morning at 7:30 am at the Mingan dock, 8 km (~5mi) from our research station. Most of our trips last an average of 6 hours. They can sometimes be shorter (4 to 5 hours) depending on the evolution of the weather in the morning, or longer (last to 12 hours ), depending on distribution and numbers of animals.
The decision to go out is taken by captains early in the morning, considering the observed conditions and the marine weather forecast from Environment Canada. Be sure to bring sunblock for your skin and lips, sunglasses to protect your eyes, warm clothing, a camera, binoculars, and a good meal with plenty to drink. We will provide you with an exposure suit.
Have the experience of a lifetime! Meet the Giants Up Close!
Price per person: $140 Canadian*
(For a group of 5+: $120/person)*
*all prices are subject to change without notice
Departures are daily, weather permitting, but you must book in advance and come to the station at least one day ahead of time to be fitted with an exposure suit.
NOTE: For safety reasons, we cannot accept pregnant women and children under 12 years of age.