Underwater World of St. Lawrence River in Quebec: Explorative

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The Exploramer on the Sankt Lorenz Strom

Do you feel the same way: when I travel, I always want to learn a lot more about the region than is described in the travel guides? And it brings me to topics that I rarely think about otherwise. That's what happened to me on our last Quebec trip. This took us along the St. Lawrence River, which dominates the eastern part of the province. Traveling east from Quebec City, the river widens until, at Baie Comeau on its north bank and Matane on its south bank, it is so wide that you can barely see the opposite bank on the horizon. It took us a good two hours on the ferry to get from one bank to the other. When the sea was stormy, we took the evening ferry across to the south bank of the river. As I was almost lulled to sleep by the rough waves in my comfortable armchair, I asked myself what might be living in the waters below us? Certainly different species of fish. But what else?


St. Lawrence River


The underwater world in the St. Lorenz Stream

I couldn't let go of the question. And so the next morning we set out for Ste. Anne-des-Monts, a small town on the shore of the St. Lawrence River, still churned up by wind-swept waves. White crests of foam on the crests of the waves testified to the strength of the storm. Above, the sun shone intensely from a deep blue sky. No sign of rain clouds! So the bit of wind shouldn't bother us. The aquarium is located on Rue du Quai, where the Route du Parc from the Parc de la Gaspésie meets the riverbank Exploramerwhere visitors can learn about the flora and fauna of the great river. Actually, we planned to take the boat out to the river. On this tour, the experts on board show the wildlife in their natural habitat. However, the swell on this day was so stormy that the boat trip had to be canceled. The effects of the storm became apparent. Therefore, we had to settle for the tanks in the aquarium.


Sea creatures in the St. Lawrence River


A guided tour through the aquarium

Not a bad exchange, as it turned out – I also escaped the seasickness that I would otherwise have expected. The naturalist, who was originally supposed to accompany us on board the ship, presented the underwater world of the St. Lorenz Stroms. We learned how they eat, how they protect themselves against attackers, how they hunt themselves, and how they reproduce. There are fascinating forms of adaptation to the depths of the river. What particularly struck me is that the underwater world of St. Lawrence is less colorful than that of the west coast of Canada. While a true color spectacle of colorful fish, brightly colored plants and colored starfish populates the habitat there, the colors in the waters of the St. Lorenz are rather muted.


Fish in the St. Lawrence River


Exploramer is located at 1 Rue du Quai in Ste. Anne-des-Monts in Quebec, Tel. (418) 763-2500.

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Source Underwater world in the St. Lawrence River: On-site research with the support of Tourisme Quebec.

Text Sankt Lorenz Strom: Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
Photos: Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
Video: Copyright Petar Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline

Underwater World of St. Lawrence River in Quebec: Explorative

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn