Practical Information


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 pick up every morning and drop off every evening. For more information about the cottage, please check the website: 


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In Gaspé, you are staying in a motel or a bed & breakfast.


In the Azores, participants stay at the « Whale’come ao Pico » hotel located next to B.O.C.A (Base d’Observation des Cétacés des Açores) d’Espaço Talassa and the baleen museum of Lajes do Poco. For more information, please check the website:  


Food and Meals

All meals are included. 

North Shore

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 a restaurant.





North Shore & Gaspé (Blue Whale)

While the air temperature may be warm, the water temperature is much cooler even during summer months. MICS will provide participants with thermal flotation suits for safety. 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 is also essential. Do not forget to bring binoculars, a camera, and plenty of batteries!

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At this time one week is offered, however if enough additional participants show interest, we will add a second week.



North Shore : July 7th - Sept. 8, 2018

Gaspé (Blue Whale) : August 25 - September 22, 2018

Azores : April 28 - May 5, 2018

How to get here


MICS takes care of transportation to and from the airport, as well as any other travel plans throughout the week. Arrivals and departures occur on saturdays. You can, however, arrrive with your own transportation if you desire. 

North Shore

Meeting point: Sept-Iles (airport or other)

Personal transportation: via 138 highway

Gaspé (Blue whale)

Meeting point: Gaspé (airport or other)

Personal transportation: via 132 highway


Meeting point: Lajes of Pico airport (PIX)



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