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 will be staying in a motel or a bed & breakfast in Cap-aux-Os.

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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 Pico. For more information, please check the website:  




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 the restaurant at Hotel Whale-Come.





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 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 is also essential. Do not forget to bring binoculars, a camera, and plenty of batteries!

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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 6th to Sept 7th, 2019

Blue Whale (Gaspé) : August 24th to Sept 21st, 2019

Azores : April 27- May 4, 2019


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 downtown)

Personal transportation: via highway 138


Gaspé (Blue whale)

Meeting point: Gaspé (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 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.



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