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St Lawrence River Tours

The historic and scenic St. Lawrence River flows 743 miles (1,196 kilometers) across a vast chunk of North America, from the Great Lakes all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The lifeblood for Ontario and Quebec, the mighty river has long sustained communities of both native tribes and European colonizers who settled along its banks. Its waters play host to a vast variety of wildlife, including a number of whale species such as sperm, minke, fin, blue, North Atlantic right, and endangered belugas.

The Basics
Because of its sheer size, the St. Lawrence River is hard to miss. For the same reason, however, most visitors to Canada get to see only a tiny portion of it. If you’re going to Quebec (be it Montreal, Quebec City, Saguenay, or Gaspe), southeastern Ontario (be it Kingston or Thousand Islands), or northeastern New York state in the US, odds are high you will encounter the waterway at some point during your trip. Take a cycling tour along the scenic riverbanks or get out on the water with paddleboat rentals; Jet Ski, kayak, and canoe tours; narrated river cruises; and whale-watching excursions. Helicopter tours over Ontario’s Thousand Islands region reveal the river’s immensity and the vast number of rugged islets that comprise the archipelago, while tours from Quebec City to Ile d’Orleans, an agricultural river island known for its fresh produce, often also stop at the scenic Montmorency Falls, which spill into the St. Lawrence River.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear warm layers. It gets very cold here during winter and parts of the river regularly freeze. Even in summer, it can be cold out on the water.
  • The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is among the best whale-watching spots in Canada.
 
How to Get There
Ride Montreal’s orange metro line to Square-Victoria-OACI or Champ-de-Mars stations; the Old Port, which runs parallel to the St. Lawrence River, is fewer than 10 minutes on foot from there. In Quebec City, the riverfront is accessible on foot from Old Quebec.
 
When to Get There
The warm summer months are prime time to explore the St. Lawrence River, as winter is bitterly cold, with temperatures often far below freezing. May to November make up the best period for whale watching.

Where to Find the Best Views of the St. Lawrence River
For river views in Quebec City, stroll the elevated Terrasse Dufferin boardwalk, which winds along a high cliff behind the famous Fairmont Chateau Frontenac hotel. The boardwalk leads to Battlefields Park and affords bird’s-eye views of the river and the cruise ships pulling into port. In Montreal, the best river vistas can be seen from the Old Port (Vieux Port). 

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Jet Ski Tour on Saint Lawrence River, Montreal, null
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Jet Ski Tour on Saint Lawrence River

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Follow your guide for a fun sightseeing ride on the Saint Lawrence River. Discover the river and its attractions, starting at Jacques-Cartier pier in the Old ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $87.54
Quebec City Bike Tour Along Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Quebec City Bike Tour Along Saint Lawrence River

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Discover Québec City and the surrounding area on a guided, 2.5-hour bike tour. The guide will explain the geography and history of this great city while ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.08
4 Hour Montreal Architecture & City Bike Tour with Wine or Beer, Montreal, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
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4 Hour Montreal Architecture & City Bike Tour with Wine or Beer

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Discover Montreal’s essence and more…  On the menu : history, architecture , neighbourhood life and "food-beer-wine" tasting stops! Leave on a ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.10
Montreal Rafting Trip on the Lachine Rapids, Montreal, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Montreal Rafting Trip on the Lachine Rapids

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Who knew urban Montreal was a destination for a white-water adventure? Just steps away from downtown Montreal, the Lachine Rapids offer a fun family activity ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.23
Quebec City Sea Kayaking Excursion, Quebec City, White Water Rafting
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Quebec City Sea Kayaking Excursion

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Explore the St. Lawrence River on a sea-kayaking tour for a memorable experience. With easy-to-follow techniques and sea-kayak equipment provided, this 3-hour ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.28
Sunset Sea-Kayaking Excursion on St. Lawrence River, Quebec City, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Sunset Sea-Kayaking Excursion on St. Lawrence River

Explore the St. Lawrence River on a sunset sea-kayaking tour for a memorable and unique experience. Paddle to the rhythm of the tide and current. With ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.28
Montreal Paddleboat Rental, Montreal, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Montreal Paddleboat Rental

Enjoy a new perspective of Old Montreal as you explore the waters of the Old Port in your own paddleboat, or ‘pedalo,’ as it’s known in French. A 30- or ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $6.68
Island of Orleans Food and Drink Tour, Quebec City, Boat Rental
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Island of Orleans Food and Drink Tour

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Discover the flavors of l'île d’Orléans (Island of Orleans), located in the Saint Lawrence River east of downtown Quebec City. Your guide will pick ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.02
Full-Day Québec City Adventure: Bike Tour, Sightseeing Cruise, and Lunch, Montreal, Food Tours
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Full-Day Québec City Adventure: Bike Tour, Sightseeing Cruise, and Lunch

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Discover Quebec City on land and on water on this guided, full-day adventure tour. Start with a 2.5-hour bike tour of Quebec City. Discover the charm of the ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.17
Bike Tour to Montmorency Falls from Quebec City, Quebec City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Bike Tour to Montmorency Falls from Quebec City

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Embark on a 4-hour bike tour to Montmorency Falls from Quebec City. With a height of 272 feet (83 meters), you will be amazed by the power of nature. Ride ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.10

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