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When visiting Quebec City, meet the world’s most fascinating and majestic creatures on a guided, full-day whale-watching cruise. Travel along the Saint Lawrence River to the town of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, then choose from two distinctly different boating experiences — a small, speedy zodiac or a large, three-level observation vessel. Enjoy an exceptional view on this 3-hour cruise in search of whales, seals and belugas. A certified naturalist captain will provide the education on this unique encounter with nature in the heart of the Saguenay-Saint Lawrence Marine Park. Quebec City pickup/drop-off included.

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 from the hustle of Quebec City and enjoy an exciting adventure on the water. This full-day whale-watching excursion begins with a pickup from one of 25 different accommodations in Quebec City to Place D'Armes to meet the guide and the rest of the tour group. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and travel along the Saint Lawrence River to the town of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, widely considered to be the main entrance to the most beautiful whale-watching site in the world.
Upon arrival, board either the tri-level AML Grand Fleuve observation boat or a much smaller, speedy zodiac for this 3-hour whale-watching adventure. The AML Grand Fleuve is known as the best observation boat in Canada. With glassed-in panoramic decks, several terraces and an observation platform, the boat provides exceptional visibility. The upper deck is covered for protection from the sun and inclement weather. There’s even a bistro and gift shop. The zodiac, on the other hand, provides a much closer experience with the whales and the various marine species of the St. Lawrence River. It’s smaller, speedier — a more intimate nature excursion. 
Both vessels depart from the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River in the heart of the Saguenay-Saint Lawrence Marine Park and include an educational and entertaining narrative on this history and nature of this eastern Canadian region. 
At the end of the cruise, the voyage ends with a return trip to Quebec City and a drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Paige R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an amazing trip! Worth every penny!

Josephine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great day - had good luck in seeing over a dozen whales - Minke, finback and beluga, with some good views right near the boat. It was hard to be seeing everywhere at once! Really enjoyed the trip. It would have been nice to have more food choices in the cafe - I would have loved a hot dog but they weren't serving those - but since they had a microwave, think it would have been pretty doable? All in all great trip, and bus driver was great about showing neat places on the drive to the whale watch site.

Theresa E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Loved it. Saw Beluga's, Minki and Porpoises. Literally hundreds of seals. A great experience and a brilliant drive from the city. Just beautiful. Our driver Yves was fantastic. We took our two young children with us and they loved it it too 3 and 5. Just remember to take warm clothes. It's chilly on the water.

Tara R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was amazing, everything I could have hoped for. The bus trip was long, but it flew by thanks to the funny commentary from the driver and the stop at the cheese shop. The whales were out in force, we saw more than 14 whales of 3 different species. I would recommend this trip to any of my friends, but I was soooooo tired afterwards.

Stephanie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Incredible. Marcel, the driver who picked me up at my hotel, Yves, the bus driver/tour guide, and Naturalist and Captain on the Zodiac boat we some of the most enthusiastic/friendly people one could encounter. The whales were very cooperative and visible, sometimes we would see 2 or 3 different whales at one time. It was awe inspiring!

Muhamed H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very professional from beginning to the end.
Bus driver was exceptional.

Virginia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a wonderful bus-ride to Baie Saint-Catherine and the driver gave us so much information on the way and made the 3 hour trip seem a bit shorter. We were on the Grand Fleuve and that was a nice experience. It was sometimes a bit hard to see past the people to catch a glimpse of the whales but we saw some nonetheless. I guess the Zodiac Boat is a little bit more fun. If I get the chance again, I'll try that one out! We did have a fantastic day and loved the scenery - _

Henrik Lau N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic day. pick up at the hotel, waterproof clothing, zodiac-tour at high speed, whales and nice delivery back at the hotel. everything was perfect.

stuart g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The bus driver was pleasant , helpful, and informative. The zodiacs strongly urge to go on them were great searching out whales. We saw a number whales and being in a zodiac gave you the feeling of being part of the action. It also brought you close to the whales and sea lions. Great trip.

tribew Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

the trip to whale watching went very well. From hotel pick-up to drop off, it was well organized. We were treated to a great display of minke whales, and were able to view a small humpback and harbour porpoise, beside pods of seals. We also saw the spout of a blue or grey whale but were unable to move close enough to view the animal due to conservation restrictions. All and all a very worthwhile experience

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