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!
west to east
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!
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,
Witness the dance of the whales thanks to Croisières Essipit
North or south
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.
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.
here to see the full map of the north shore option.
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
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
here to see the full map of the south shore option.
Dreaming of gentle waves and a
waterside breeze? See more suggestions
of things to do along the river!