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  • Location: Quebec City, Canada
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
While you’re in Quebec City, don’t miss a chance to see some of Canada’s best wildlife on a whale-watching cruise! You’ll travel to Baie-Sainte-Catherine by road and then board either a large, three-level observation boat or a small, open-air zodiac boat for an exciting escapade to look for whales, belugas, seals and other marine life. The fabulous scenery is just a bonus on this adventurous day trip from Quebec City.

Highlights

  • Bus tour and whale-watching cruise from Quebec City
  • Beautiful scenery on the bus ride along the St Lawrence River
  • Choose either a speedy zodiac or a large boat for whale-watching
  • Enjoy a 3-hour cruise to spot whales, seals and belugas
  • Certified naturalist-guide will provide information on the wildlife

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What You Can Expect

Full-Day Whale Watching Cruise from Quebec

Whale Watch Cruise

Escape Quebec City for a day, and treat yourself to an exciting adventure on the water. You'll be picked up in one of our 20 different Quebec City locations and taken to the departure point, Place D'Armes. After meeting your guide, you will board a deluxe motor coach and travel along the picturesque mountainous coastline of the St Lawrence River to reach Baie-Sainte-Catherine, where you’ll board either the AML Grand Fleuve observation boat or a speedy zodiac for a memorable afternoon of whale-watching.

The choice of transportation in the water is yours – the AML Grand Fleuve is a large, three-level boat with a glassed-in main deck, observation platform, covered upper deck, a bistro and a bar; the zodiac is a small, open-air boat that holds either 24 or 48 passengers (depending on the boat) and allows you to zip through the water to enjoy super-close access to the whales and other marine life. Opt for the AML Grand Fleuve for a more leisurely experience on the water, or choose the zodiac for an exciting high-adrenaline adventure!

Both vessels depart from the north shore of the St Lawrence for an exciting encounter with whales, seals and belugas! Discover the many faces of the St Lawrence River, including the Saguenay–St Lawrence Marine Park, a lighthouse, fascinating islands and an amazing diversity of marine life.

Aboard the AML Grand Fleuve a naturalist-guide will share illuminating facts during your whale-watching journey, while on the zodiac your captain will provide live commentary on your search for whales. This is an extraordinary rendezvous with the nature of eastern Canada!

Please note: The minimum age to board the zodiac is 6 years. Pregnant women or people with back problems are not permitted on this cruise. Also, please note that tour includes pickup and drop-off from 25 different hotels, B&B's, inns, and motels in Quebec City. This excludes home addresses.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing day and stunning experience... The 3 hours drive on the bus to get there was not boring at all thanks to the driver who shared a lot of fun facts and the trip on the zodiac itself was just perfect: we saw a lot of whales very closely! 10/10 would recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It's a great tour even if you don't get to see the whales. Our driver/guide Yves told us so much about country and landscape and wheles, and his sense of humor is fenomenal. But we also got to see lots of whelesBeluga, Minkie, Fin and whole colony of grey Seals.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was a beautiful day with a smooth bus ride and very relaxing and scenic boat ride. Our tour guide, Yves was the best - he was knowledgeable and translated from English to French etc., funny and very considerate of his passengers. I am very glad we took this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A long day but well worth it, we got to see 3 different type of whales . Our driver Yves was superb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What a great day! Our tour guide and driver Yves was knowledgeable and friendly, making a long bus ride there and back far more enjoyable. We had booked this trip in advance and ended up with rain and fog, so worried we might not get to see much. We were pleasantly surprised to spot 6 minke whales and scores of seals. Also a lovely surprise was the fjord tour, a beautiful landscape. We would do it again in a heartbeat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour itself was very exciting. We saw about 20 whale and 3 different species. A very unique experience!What I was very disappointed in was the bus driver who put our lives in danger by making a cell phone call while driving a large coach bus and what made it worse was that it was in rainy and foggy conditions. Shame on him!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Loved it!!! We were very lucky our driver was actually a naturalist ,who had previously worked on the whale tours himself. He was able to take the whale tour with us , which was great since he was much better at spotting whales than us!! It was a long day ,but it went by very fast .We saw beluga, minke and fin whales. Also a few harp seals. We felt lucky that we saw so many ,since it is not a guarantee to see any at all really. The big boat was comfortable and the weather was good ,a little cool but tolerable. Next time maybe we'll try a zodiac!! The staff and naturalist on the boat were all very friendly and knowledgeable . It did add
to the day to have a driver who was as excited and enthusiastic for the whale watch as we were . The drive to and from the marine park was scenic , we stopped half way there for breaks and the bus was relatively comfortable. It was a great a day, we really enjoyed both of our tours while in Quebec. Our drivers/tour guides were both knowledgeable and witty ,they added to the fun. Definitely would do it again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We definitely saw lots of whales!!! It was a cold, rainy day and our tour guide recommended switching from the zodiac tour to the large boat. We were so happy he did!!! It was even freezing on the deck of the large ship and after an hour we had seen enough whales and went inside to the warmth and hot chocolate.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour with a very experienced, entertaining and knowledgeable guide. Saw many whales, belugas and minkies. The fjords were spectacular. Not to miss.

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