Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

December 16, 2016 15:30 ET

Demystifying the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

The Government of Canada supports Exploramer

SAINTE-ANNE-DES-MONTS, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Dec. 16, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament (Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine), today announced that the Exploramer museum is receiving funding of $121,809 for its Mysteries under the Waves exhibition. Minister Lebouthillier made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

This funding, provided by the Government of Canada through the Access to Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program, will allow the organization to create this travelling exhibition and present it from June to October 2017. Mysteries under the Waves will then travel to a number of other Canadian museums.


"The Gulf of St. Lawrence, its islands, its marine biology and its ecosystem are central to the lives of thousands of Canadians. On the eve of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada is proud to support this scientific exhibition, which highlights the unique character of this majestic and symbolic body of water."

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"With Mysteries under the Waves, visitors will discover the enigmatic world of the St. Lawrence and all its treasures. This travelling exhibition will undoubtedly raise the profile of Gaspésie and eastern Quebec across the country, thanks to Exploramer's museum expertise and the work of researchers from the Institut des Sciences de la mer at the Université du Québec à Rimouski, the Maurice Lamontagne Institute, the Centre de recherche sur les biotechnologies marines and the Merinov organization."

-The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament (Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine)

"I would like to thank ministers Mélanie Joly and Diane Lebouthillier for this announcement, which is extremely important for Exploramer. With Mysteries under the Waves, Exploramer has added a new element to its capabilities: the preparation and coordination of travelling exhibitions. Thanks to this funding, Exploramer's expertise in scientific museology, the work of eastern Quebec researchers and our beloved St. Lawrence River will be recognized in several Canadian museums."

-Gilles Thériault, Chair of Exploramer's Board of Directors

Quick Facts

  • Exploramer, located on the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts quay in Gaspésie, has a mission is to raise public awareness of the St. Lawrence's marine ecosystem and its preservation. The centre provides scientific education activities through its museum, its aquarium park and sea excursions, among other initiatives.
  • Mysteries under the Waves is an evolving, interactive and bilingual 125-m2 exhibition that uncovers some of the mysteries of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
  • The exhibition will evolve based on the findings of Exploramer's four scientific research centre partners in eastern Quebec.
  • The organization will also conduct educational activities and performances in connection with the exhibition to introduce young people to scientific material.

Associated Links


Museums Assistance Program - Access to Heritage

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  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage