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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

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

Tulin O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was an excellent experience, but worried about the whales and their future, everything is too noisy for them and their environment is changing, and getting polluted.

Dr. Ian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Long drive but greatly improved by the driver/guide who provided a continuous commentary as well as organising everything.She was wonderful.
We saw lots of whales, a very memorable trip.

James J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Had a Great Time

Vaughan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Knowledgeable guides, Great time.

airkind7

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We all had a great time and would highly recommend it for anyone visiting Qebec

Laura G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The bus ride was long, but the driver Yves kept us entertained with history, facts, and discussion about whales. We happened to take the tour on a rainy day. We were scheduled for the Zodiac tour. They gave us the option of switching to the larger boat, but we decided to stay with the Zodiac. We definitely got wet with rain and waves splashing onto the boat, even with the waterproof coat and pants. I recommend bringing a change of clothes with you if you do the Zodiac. That 3 hour bus ride back was a bit uncomfortable in wet clothes.

Though both types of boats have to abide by the same rules of staying away from the whales a certain distance, I feel like the whales we saw were so much closer than the larger boat. Perhaps it was just that we were on the same level. We saw Fin whales and seals.

We heard the larger boat saw some Beluga whales at one location that we weren't able to see. A view from higher in the air has its benefits too. Either way, it was a great experience!

Dana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

That Guy 15

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic. Great, funny guide, and an amazing day. We seemed to have an exceptional day and had at least half, if not two-thirds of the whale watching portion of the zodiac trip, spent watching Fin, Minke, and Beluga whales or the dozens of seals. Food at our stop in Charlevoix was great if you love dairy, as we stopped at a cheese factory. We bought curd, a fantastic house made potato salad, and had sandwiches with a quarter inch thick of fresh cheese along with baguettes, so good. The beer made from a craft brewer in town was good too, I would grab another Mad Cow brand beer anywhere I saw it and I like beer. Excellent trip, even though with the zodiacs we did not have enough time for lunch once we got to the destination, so I would stock up with snacks and water bottles as we did for the trip if you can't last between eating from about 10:30 am to 4 or 5 pm

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