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The Station

Just about 25 kilometres east of Tadoussac, the main village in the area, lies Les Bergeronnes, a small community at the rivermouths of the Grandes and Petit Bergeronnes. The ORES Research station is situated about another five kilometres east along the North shore. Overlooking the St. Lawrence, the site is isolated enough so that thousands of stars blink in the night skies, as no artificial light is closeby. The house is a 120 year old farmhouse, which has been turned into a research station with accommodation for staff and volunteers, lecture hall, and offices.

The Fleet

As minke whales are highly agile whales the best platform from which to study them are open rigid-hull inflatables, which are extremely safe vessels. Our boats are equipped with all safety equipment required by the Canadian Coast Guard such as radios, GPS, radar and anchor.


The Caribe is our main vessel. Due to the wide hull she is extremely stable even in waves. The big pontoons are at a good sitting height whether in a normal sitting position or straddling one of the pontoons (one leg overboard). Built in the Carribean, thus her name, she offers space for up to ten people. However, we never carry more than eight persons so that there is enough viewing space for all.

Age 1993

Length 6.5 m (20 feet)

Engine 4 stroke 115 HP Yamaha


She is our oldest and nicest vessel to drive. Due to her smaller size and the hand held engine she reacts immediately and beautifully to any change in speed or direction. She holds five persons.

Age ca. 1988

Length 5 m (15 feet)

Engine 4 stroke 40 HP Honda

Sansfin II

She is our backup boat. As her hull is more pointy she is a beauty to drive although she is bigger than the Narwhal. She holds eight people.

Age ca. 1994 Length 5 m (15 feet)

Length 6.5 m (20 feet)

Engine 4 stroke 90 HP Honda