See everything you can do along the St. Lawrence

See everything you can do along the St. Lawrence

Road Trips, January 28, 2019 2019-01-28
See everything you can do along the St. Lawrence

More than a simple waterway, the St. Lawrence River is a source of wonder! Discover all the activities you can do by the riverside and admire the scenery as you drive by. The sunsets in particular are sure to take your breath away!

The River, west to east

The waterside downtown area of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
The waterside downtown area of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

Start in the Montérégie region in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. There you can choose from various themed cruises, stroll along the canal or rent a kayak to explore as you please. Scuba divers will be impressed to learn that there are several wrecks in the St. François Lake to discover. Fun fact: in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield you’ll find Quebec’s only floating hotel!

A stop before Montreal… then to the Old Port!

20 minutes before you reach the metropolis, stop by the RécréoParc in Sainte-Catherine. This four-season park is an exceptional spot for activities on or by the water. Thanks to a gear rental service, visitors can go kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding and get a great view!

An essential stop when visiting Montreal, the Old Port is always teeming with life! In the summer you can lounge at the Clock Tower Beach, rent a paddleboat, quadricycle or segway, or weigh anchor for a cruise on the St. Lawrence. Dinner-cruises offered by AML Cruises are excellent for a wonderful time just off the shore of stunning urban scenery.

Staying in the city for a few days? Check out our Montreal Urban Tour for more activities!

Next destination: Québec City

A Montreal-to-Québec City drive will lead you to Excursions Maritimes Québec, a one-of a kind business in North America that specializes in Zodiac™ tours. You can take a trip to see major points of interest around the capital, such as the Montmorency Falls or Île d’Orléans, and many customizable packages deals are available.

If you’re curious about the history of this amazing city, make the most of your visit by following our cultural, historical tour!

Witness the dance of the whales thanks to Croisières Essipit
Witness the dance of the whales thanks to Croisières Essipit

North or south shore?

From this point on, continue along the St. Lawrence on the north riverbank and head toward the magnificent region of Charlevoix. Alternatively, take the bridge from Québec City to Lévis on the south shore and drive on to Chaudière-Appalaches. Crossing the river is always possible by taking the ferry, open all year and operating a network of routes all along the seaway.

Go north toward majestic whales

Québec City and the Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre in Baie-Sainte-Catherine are about a three-hour drive apart. The distance is well worth it, and you’ll be treated to a spectacular view when you get there! Learn about the region’s small white whales from the interpreter-guides on site, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled: you wouldn’t want to miss spotting a whale popping out on the surface!

The sight of marine mammals up close is one of the most moving things you can witness in Quebec. The whale-watching tours offered by Croisières Essipit depart from Bergeronnes on the Innu Essipit ancestral territory. The cruiseline’s association with the Eco-Whale Alliance ensures that cruises are carried out in a way that respects the whales and the environment of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.

Click here to see the full map of the north shore option.

The Basques area: known for its welcoming people and incomparable scenery
 The Basques area: known for its welcoming people and incomparable scenery

Go south for history and ecology

Croisières Lachance – a family business – specializes in tours around the Isle-aux-Grues Archipelago. Cruise-takers will be delighted to listen to the passionate captains tell stories about life on the island, the exceptional beauty of the area and the maritime treasures of the St. Lawrence.

Another cruise provider, Duvetnor, operating in the Bas-St-Laurent region, is committed to preserving its environment and heritage. It offers commented cruises, seabird-watching and visits to historic sites. Visitors can even plan an overnight stay on one of the islands, accessible by ferry.

End your road trip in the Basques area, a place of welcoming people and rich history, with delightful seaside air and extraordinary sunsets. A perfect location for enjoying a meal by the water, this area is also an excellent starting point for a kayaking trip or seal-watching expedition.

Click here to see the full map of the south shore option.

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