Did you know that the best place in the world to go whale-watching is in Quebec?

Attractions to discover, August 29, 2022 2022-08-29
Come see the whales ©Sébastien Saint-Jean

Treat yourself to an original vacation and meet the giants of the sea! Whale-watching in the St. Lawrence River is a unique, memorable and humbling activity that sets Quebec apart. Whalesofquebec.com invites you on an experience at the heart of spectacular landscapes to see 13 species of whales in their natural environment. Take a cruise on a Zodiac or a boat, watch marine mammals from the shore or on a sea kayaking expedition at the sites of the Sépaq network and Parks Canada and make the most of attractive offers that include a cruise and accommodations.

A majestic river to discover!

If you visit the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, a protected 1,245 km2 marine area, you’ll get to choose from activities on land and on water. Discover the Saguenay Fjord, its exceptional wildlife environment and the marine species that inhabit it. At the Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay, you just might spot the beluga whales, fin whales or seals that live in this impressive place surrounded by colossal cliffs. To explore the marine world, visit the many interpretation centres that will teach you more about the fascinating biodiversity of the river. From the inside of your car, you’ll also enjoy a unique point of view on the splendours of the St. Lawrence if you take the Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine ferry or the Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout ferry with the Société des traversiers du Québec.

Baleine parc marin saguenay st laurent
Photo credit: Catherine Dubé

Find a whale-watching cruise

The members of the Eco-Whale Alliance meet strict environmentally responsible guidelines for their wildlife-watching activities and promise a safe and pleasant experience for passengers. Croisières AML offers comfortable boating excursions on boats specifically designed for whale-watching and incredible adventures on Zodiacs led by naturalist guides. At Croisières Essipit, Zodiac cruises are commented by seasoned captains and allow for amazing proximity with many species of whales. Other cruise providers include OrganisAction in Anse Saint-Jean, which offers expeditions into the marvellous kingdom of whales and presents the history, landscapes and wildlife.

Magnificent regions to visit

Make the most of your trip to discover the must-see attractions of the destinations you’ve chosen. The Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean region is known for the amazing views along the Fjord Route as well as its many outdoor activities. As for the Côte-Nord and Charlevoix regions, they offer interesting package deals that let you combine accommodations and an eco-friendly whale-watching cruise. Thanks to these packages, which are perfect for couples, families or solo travellers, you can easily plan your vacation with the Whales of Quebec this summer. Come and see them for real!

Photo credit: Sébastien Saint-Jean

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