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  • Location:Quebec City, Canada
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Full-Day Whale Watching Cruise from Quebec

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.


  • 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 November 2015

It was a great experience for us and enjoyed being able to see so many different whales, seals, etc.
We would do it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

we all loved it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The almost 3h drive from Quebec was worth the drive, we saw several whales and seals

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was one of the best tours i ever took. It was just amazing to see the whales and the bus ride along the ST Lawrence was very scenic with the upcoming fall colors. I felt the driver was driving too fast most of the time which some more people felt as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic in every way. Saw lots of whales, great guides, great weather. The smaller boat was definitely the way to go.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a great bus driver, Yves, who was very knowledgeable about the area we were driving through and what we could expect form our sea loving creatures. He was also able to take us through small towns because we had a small bus so got to see more of the beautiful coastline. We got to see 3 different types of whales and a large pod of sea lions. The water was calm was it was easy going. It was the first whale watching trip I had taken and it was wonderful. I would do it again, next time in the Zodiac boats..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fun guide, 3 different types of whale and so much other wildlife

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was the highlight of my week-long vacation in Quebec City. We saw many whales and baby seals up close. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I had never been on a whale watching cruise, so wasn't sure what to expect. This was a dream come true! Beautiful day, courteous drivers, incredible guide, and being able to see the whales and seals and birds was just the icing on the cake this trip was a birthday gift from my husband - this is the wife writing!! I will definitely book with you again when I want to take others on this same trip. Thank you very much! Terina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The driver is so experienced and gave us information of whales, history of the area etc.
A wonderful experience of watching whale on a Zodiac boat! Unforgettable!!!

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